[84all] Thursday Noon Speaker Series: Recognizing Netistan

Pelletier Ray <rpelletier@isoc.org> Wed, 01 August 2012 21:45 UTC

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Just a reminder.

  Michael T. Jones
  Chief Technology Advocate, Google

  Room: Regency D
  Thursday, 2 August 2012
  Time: 12:00 – 12:45
  Lunch will NOT be served.

Brief description of topic:
Internet citizens and their uses are commonly transnational, often multi- or non-jurisdictional, and form a nation more populous than any other, more culturally diverse than any other, more rapidly growing than any other, and in recent memory, more prosperous than any other. It is no wonder then that Netistan should find itself under attack, or at least encircled, by those who would claim, own, regulate, limit, tax and otherwise extend their state's burdens here.

The Internet is intrinsically a nation of tomorrow; the needs of today are not the needs of tomorrow, the uses of today are not the uses of tomorrow, and so the limits of today must not be the limits of tomorrow. This dynamism is unique among world powers, with its expanding borders, growing strength, and deepening diversity. This suggests technical considerations to challenge past experience.

Michael will discuss these topics from both an engineering and political perspective. As one of the creators of Google Earth he is responsible for 1,000,000,000 monthly users consuming 100kb/sec of Internet bandwidth each, and as Google's Chief Technology Advocate, he is often also Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Netistan.

Bio of Speaker:

Michael Jones is Google's Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world'’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google's mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search——the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics. A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveler and amateur photographer using a home-built 4 gigapixel camera made with parts from the U2/SR71.