The Power of Connectivity
2016 Program Tracks
From panel discussions to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, we will explore the following topics in depth.
More and more, we are wielding our devices to shorten the geographic distances between us, empower voices yet unheard, enhance our appreciation of diverse cultures, and to kindle economic opportunity. How will we succeed in connecting the most rural among us to markets, opportunities, and each other? Will unique and remote places of the world assimilate into one defined by a mass culture dictating norms? If the beauty of communications technology is that it enables us to bridge our differences, is the dark side that which concentrates economic power in the hands of a few? Does increased connectivity breed savvy new criminals? Are we allowed to be private as we reach for connectedness? Are we safe?