The Digital Future (Live Discussions)

This is an interesting series which will appeal to folks who read my blog. I’ll be waiting for Lessig and his creative commons bit. Programs that we missed are now available online as Realvideo streams. For the details and video streams, check out C-Span’s page on “The Digital Future”.

A Library of Congress Series
Monday, Nov. 15th
6:30pm-8:00pm ET on C-SPAN (each program in the series will air during
these hours) Beginning this Monday, November 15th, and ending in March
2005, C-SPAN will broadcast live a series of discussions hosted by the
Library of Congress. The series is called “Digital Future” and will examine
how the digital age is changing the most basic ways information is
organized and classified. Each event will feature a keynote speaker as well
as a panel discussion. “Digital Future” Series

Schedule includes:

Monday, November 15 – DAVID WEINBERGER, who served as a senior internet
adviser to the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign. He will discuss how
Web logs (or “blogs”) work, and how they are valuable in children’s

Monday, December 13 – BREWSTER KAHLE, a digital librarian & director and
co-founder of the Internet Archive. He will explain how and why capturing
material on the Web is important, and discuss the challenges of selecting
pertinent content.

Monday, January 31 – BRIAN CANTWELL SMITH, dean of the Faculty of
Information Studies at the University of Toronto. The title of his talk is
“And Is All This Stuff Really Digital After All?”

Monday, February 14 – DAVID LEVY, professor at the Information School of
the University of Washington. He will discuss the shift of the experience
of reading from the fixed page to digital, and the effect that has had on

Thursday, March 3 – LAWRENCE LESSIG, professor at Stanford Law School &
founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. He will discuss
digital copyright issues.

Monday, March 14 – EDWARD AYERS, dean of the College and Graduate School of
Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. He will address the
implications of creating and distributing knowledge in today’s digital

Monday, March 28 – NEIL GERSHENFELD, director for the Center of Bits and
Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His talk is titled
“From the Library of Information to the Library of Things.”

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