New lecture series on Digital Futures brings in transformative thinkers

A prominent author, journalist and technology evangelist leads off a new lecture series co-sponsored by the School of Information and the Department of Communication Studies, with funding support from the John D. Evans Foundation.

The 2015-2016 Digital Futures series will bring transformative thinkers to the University of Michigan to discuss the pressing issues surrounding new information and communication technologies. Upcoming speakers will be researchers, critics, authors, journalists, industry professionals, artists, government officials and activists. Topics will include the impact of social media, the development of new media technologies, telecommunications infrastructure and the regulatory environment.

Doc Searls

The first speaker, December 15 at 11:30 a.m., is Doc Searls, author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge and co-author of the best-selling business book The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual. He will speak on “Why Ad Blocking Is a Good Thing.” The lecture will take place in Space 2435 in North Quad, 105 S. State Street. Lunch is provided.

Upcoming speakers in 2016 include Anita Say Chan, Natalie Bazarova and Gina Neff. Anita Say Chan is an assistant research professor of communications at the University of Illinois and the author of Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism and The Myth of Digital Universalism (both published by MIT Press).

Natalie Bazarova, an assistant professor in the department of Communication at Cornell University and 2015 fellow of Cornell’s Institute for the Social Services, studies the disclosure of personal information in social media. Gina Neff is a media and communication scholar and associate professor at the University of Washington. Her work focuses on the social and organizational impact of new communication technologies.

John D. Evans

This series has been made possible by the John D. Evans Foundation and is a joint initiative of the School of Information and the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.