Monday, August 27th, 2012

New forms of communication, data access and publication continue to evolve with rapid advances in the technologies that have become a part of our daily lives. What does this mean for individuals, government, business, traditional media – and society?

Two internationally renowned internet experts are visiting Adelaide to provide a lecture about the rise of civic participation through digital and social media. Ethan Zuckerman and Dr Genevieve Bell are speaking at the James Tizard Memorial Lecture: Many Internets, Many Lives on 27 August.

Ethan Zuckerman is Director, Center for Civic Media at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and internationally renowned internet publisher. He founded the very successful and internationally renowned community news website Global Voices ( Ethan focuses on questions around who gets to speak online and what are the barriers to being heard. In 2011, Ethan was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers.

Genevieve Bell, an Australian born anthropologist and researcher, is Intel Corporation's Director of Interaction and Experience Research within Intel Labs and was the 15th Thinker in Residence in South Australia. Genevieve has been named one of the top 25 women in technology to watch and as one of the 100 most creative people in business.

Ethan and Genevieve will be speaking at the James Tizard Memorial Lecture in the Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide at 6pm Monday 27 August.

The Lecture honours the work of James Tizard, the inaugural CEO of the South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network. Prior to taking that role in 2005, James initiated many government projects and policies for the advancement of broadband use in South Australia. James died in August 2011.

While James Tizard was actually CEO of SABRENet Ltd, a collaboration between the State’s universities and government delivering fibre-optic broadband to South Australia’s research & education sector, he liked to describe himself simply as a “broadband builder.” This is a powerful image which reminds us that the digital world enabled by broadband doesn’t just happen, it needs to be built through effort and advocacy and vision.

From rural Africa and Australia to the suburbs of Shanghai and Boston and many points in between Zuckerman and Bell will talk about the ways in which people are engaging with the digital world – a world that James Tizard was fascinated by and helped to build right here in South Australia.

Contact Profile

South Australian Broadband Research and Education Network (SABRENet)

The South Australian Broadband Research & Education Network (SABRENet) is a fibre-optic broadband network linking major Research & Education sites in metropolitan Adelaide, South Australia.

SABRENet Ltd is a non-profit company formed in 2005.

The strategic goals of SABRENet Ltd are to
* Build own and operate core infrastructure;
* Interconnect South Australia’s R&E sector;
* Link South Australia’s R&E sector with the rest of the world;
* Drive the deployment and effective use of bandwidth-dependent applications for R&E;
* Link public and private sector R&E;
* Provide value to the SABRENet Members; and
* Provide leadership on broadband issues within the R&E sector.
Ralph Leonard
P: 0412342890


broadband, social media, civic participation



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