Sep 23 2009 7:00pm to Sep 23 2009 10:00pm

Communication and Human Development: The Freedom Connection?

Amartya Sen, Michael Spence, Yochai Benkler, Clotilde Fonseca

Nobel Laureates Amartya Sen and Michael Spence joined Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts Yochai Benkler and Clotilde Fonseca in a public discussion of the role of communication and ICTs in human development, growth and poverty reduction. Michael Best moderated the panel, which was part of the International Development Research Centre's second Harvard Forum.

Sep 18 2009 1:15pm to Sep 18 2009 1:15pm

Transforming Scholarly Communication

Lee Dirks - Director, Education & Scholarly Communication / Microsoft External Research

In the future, frontier research in many fields will increasingly require the collaboration of globally distributed groups of researchers needing access to distributed computing, data resources and support for remote access to expensive, multi-national specialized facilities such as telescopes and accelerators or specialist data archives. This talk will review the elements of this vision and explain the need for semantic-oriented computing by exploring eResearch projects that have successfully applied relevant technologies—and anticipated impact on scholarly communication as we know it today.

Sep 15 2009 12:30pm to Sep 15 2009 12:30pm

Berkman Klein Luncheon Series

Broadband Internet for Eastern Africa: Policy and Legal Issues

Professor Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The launching of Seacom’s fiber optic cable in July was the single most important infrastructure investment in eastern Africa since the construction of the Uganda Railway, then dubbed "The Lunatic Express." This talk explores the implications of this development for Africa’s capacity to expand the global market for access devices, creation of content, and development of markets. It identifies key policy challenges and opportunities facing Africa countries arising from the introduction of broadband Internet.

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