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9:30am

Envisioning a Better World Together at SXSW 2013

11:00am

SOPA/PIPA: Why the Open Internet Needs Us

12:30pm

SOPA Media Coverage Dissected

3:30pm

Why Doesn't Congress Grok The Internet?
    Saturday March 10, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon C) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    As the SOPA showdown proved, digital fair-use questions no longer amount to a molehill on Capitol Hill. But if that episode revealed that Hollywood needs to reboot its understanding of IP politics, it also exposed frightening ignorance in Congress about the digital economy.As long as the entertainment industry's interest in protecting its work from infringement collides with tech firms' desire to work free of government interference--and citizen's wariness of copyright-protection mandates breaking their software or Internet services--these squabbles will continue. But can we at least get a better understanding among our elected representatives of our online machinery? Blogger Rob Pegoraro will lead a discussion with staffers from Sen. Ron Wyden's office--deputy chief of staff Jennifer Hoelzer, Subcommittee on Trade staff director Jayme White--about how Congress has approached Internet policy issues before, how the SOPA battle might have changed things and what might come next.

    Speakers
    N/A | Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden | Jayme White serves as...

    US Senator Ron Wyden | As Communications Director and Deputy...

    Rob | Prose Hacking | I write about interesting problems and...


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #groknet
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP992292


5:00pm

Beyond SOPA/PIPA - Moving Forward with Engine Advocacy
 
 

9:30am

Fixing Broke(n) Governments Through Serious Games
    Sunday March 11, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    It’s no secret. Local, state and federal governments face budget shortfalls, spending cuts and reduced service—in a political climate that favors gridlock. Serious games have emerged as a viable approach to budgeting that is both participatory and scalable. In this session, we’ll discuss why serious games are a particularly good tool for budgeting and their advantages over alternatives such as deliberative democracy, participatory budgeting, or majority voting through polls. Participants will learn to conduct in-person and online games built specifically for resolving multi-scalar budget problems. These models are based on Budget Games, which we designed and played in San Jose, CA, on Jan. 29, 2011 in which more than 100 community leaders collaboratively re-crafted the city’s proposed budget. Because the game revealed real consensus, San Jose officials were able to act on the game’s results with more confidence than traditional polling.

    Speakers
    CEO | The Innovation Games Company | Luke Hohmann is the founder...


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Hashtag #sxsw #innovgames
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Advanced
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11948


9:30am

Socializing the Presidency: Digital Politics 2012
    Sunday March 11, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon B) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    What are the trends in social and digital media that will help shape the 2012 presidential election? What can we learn from grassroots election efforts like Rock the Vote, now in its 20th year, contrasted with the very short history and transformational social media tactics used in recent presidential politics? Is it a natural evolution of activism, is it disruptive? If so - how? Join PBS NewsHour moderator Christina Bellantoni and panelists Mary Katharine Ham (radio host/political commentator); Maria Teresa Kumar (founding executive director, Voto Latino); Craig Newmark (founder craigslist and craigconnects); Heather Smith (president, Rock the Vote); and others to be announced, for a wide-ranging, idea-generating, big-picture discussion of trends past, present and future on how the presidential election may be shaped and transformed by social media services such as Twitter and Facebook to new location based and mobile technologies.

    Speakers
    Political Editor | PBS Newshour | Christina Bellantoni joined...

    Pres | Rock the Vote | Under Smith's leadership during the past...

    Exec Dir/Co-Founder | Voto Latino | Maria Teresa Kumar, founding...

    Fox News Contributor | WMAL, Cumulus Media | Mary Katharine Ham...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #SocialPres
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12234


11:00am

Internet Power: After Cyber-Optimism and Pessimism

11:00am

Open Source Government, Enterprise and Innovation

11:00am

Out of this World Engagement

11:00am

Vote4Geeks: Why Techies Should Run for Office

11:00am

WEF to SXSW: The Global Cloud Revolution

12:30pm

But Hasn't Politics Always Been Social?

12:30pm

Crowdsourcing Government: Why Access Matters
    Sunday March 11, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon C) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    A public right to data is key to unlocking the biggest enterprise opportunity of our time: integrating social media with public services. Open government combines transparency with citizen participation. This is the future of government. The Open Government Partnership is a new international initiative - bringing together more than 50 countries and international civil society - to share best practice in beating corruption, improving social justice and driving growth and innovation. The UK has put Transparency at the heart of its vision of social and economic growth and is one of the founder members of the OGP. This session also hears from other key founders of the OGP from around the world – including Samantha Power, special assistant to President Barack Obama and the architect of the initiative and Rakesh Rajani, a global civil society leader. The Future is Open: find out how to become an Open Government pioneer.

    Speakers
    Advisor/Speechwriter | US Department of State

    Head | Twaweza | Rakesh Rajani is the Head of Twaweza, meaning...

    Dir of Transparency & Open Data | UK Government | Tim Kelsey...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #CrowdGov
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP992338


12:30pm

How to Run a Social Site and Not Get Users Killed

12:30pm

Open Art, Open Audiences: The Edinburgh Festivals
    Sunday March 11, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon E) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Arts festivals are all about bringing people together, creating shared experiences and introducing them to cultural gems that they might not otherwise have found. How can festivals make best use of new technology to develop their audiences, enhance the impact of their content and remain relevant in the Information Age? What role can festival data play in the semantic web, and does it have more to offer than just what's on where? How might social platforms, ticketing innovations and mobile applications help audiences to navigate and explore the content available at a major arts festivals? In 2011 we opened our data to the developer community through www.culturehackscotland.com. Culture Hack Scotland was an outstanding event and was one of the strongest ever demonstrations of the value of open data in the arts. Hear how Edinburgh's Festivals Innovation Lab is beginning to answer some of these questions and explore what value the Edinburgh Festivals, a significant test bed environment, can add to the SXSW community.

    Speakers
    Mr | Edinburgh International Book Festival | Andrew Coulton is...

    Chief Exec | Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society | Kath M Mainland...


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #FringeFest
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12162


12:30pm

Public Lab: Mapping, DIY Activism & Civic Science
    Sunday March 11, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Are you embroiled in an cartographic dispute? Do you disagree with the official version of your geography? Do you need a up-to-date map of your area of interest?From the BP Oil Spill to the Gowanus Canal Super Fund site, Grassroots Mapping and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science work to empower citizens around the world. Communities engage in citizen cartography and create aerial images with low-cost, DIY, open sourced technologies. This method of mapping creates on-demand imagery that’s 30 to 50 times higher resolution than what’s available via Google Maps. It allows people to document, to lobby and to enact change in their neighborhoods. The Public Laboratory community has expanded to organize projects around the world. Recently recognized with the award of $500,000 Knight Foundation grant, that work continues to expand. We’ll discuss the unique challenges and obstacles of scaling citizen science, IRL community development work, and online technology engagement.

    Speakers
    Web Developer | Consumer Reports | Web Developer w/ @ConsumersUnion...

    Pres Mgmt Fellow | US Department of Housing and Urban Development...

    Dir of Production Processes & Production in Education | Public...

    Dir of Outreach & Partnerships | Public Laboratory for Open Technology...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #PublicLab
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP9516


3:30pm

Election 2012: Campaigns, Coverage & the Internet
    From smear campaigns on Twitter to owning a domain before the opposition does to constituent hangouts on Google+, social media and the web have changed the election process for good. Candidates rely on social media to get their message out on their terms, journalists report and react to the story as it happens, and social platforms help to galvanize public opinion, support volunteers and solicit donations. With viewpoints from journalists, scholars, and campaign practitioners, this panel will reflect on the 2012 presidential campaign and how new media has made its mark. Specifically, the panel will look at which online platforms are performing the best in the 2012 election, the convergence of new and traditional mediums on the campaign trail, and analyze how campaigns are using these tools to promote their issue platforms and candidates, successfully or not.

    Speakers
    North American Editor, BBC.com/News | BBC NEWS | Claudia Milne...

    Editorial Dir | Personal Democracy Media | Micah L. Sifry is...

    White House Correspondent | Time Magazine | Michael Scherer is...

    Digital Director | Obama for America | Teddy Goff is the Digital...

    Professor | University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | Zeynep...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #2012Elect
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11944


3:30pm

Encouraging Innovation and Empowering Entrepreneurs

3:30pm

Fulbright: How the 1st Social Network Adapts to SM

3:30pm

Isn’t It Time for an Online Presidential Primary?

5:00pm

A License to RHoK

    Want to change the world? Then get a license to RHoK! Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is a global initiative to create practical open source solutions to humanity's toughest challenges. Organized by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, HP, NASA and the World Bank, RhoK brings together thousands of the best and brightest developers from around the world - like YOU - to participate in fast–paced and competitive marathon coding events resulting in real applications that are making an impact on humanity. The RHoK community has grown rapidly over the past 2 years, with 3000 participants from 43 cities who have worked on 214 distinct solutions. This talk will bring together "RHoKstars" to provide an overview of the initiative, discuss some of the solutions developed, describe how the SxSW community can contribute to the effort and most importantly, brainstorm about what is next. …and if they let us, we'll be playing rock music and lighting off fireworks!

    Speakers
    Developer Advocate | Google Inc | Christiaan Adams is a developer...

    Project Lead | SecondMuse

    Open Innovation Program | SecondMuse

    Director, Platform Strategy, Developer & Platform Evangelism...

    SecondMuse | Todd Khozein works with SecondMuse, a firm specializing...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #RHoK
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP10214


5:00pm

Digital Health: Borrow from Developing Countries?
    Can novel health applications in developing countries spark health innovation in the United States? Massive experimentation in mobile and interactive health is taking place overseas, often targeting poor populations in poor countries. Consider several current examples: 1) a smart card enabled health savings scheme for uninsured mothers-to-be; 2) a crowdsourcing application to identify medicine stockouts in real-time; and 3) a viral model for peer sharing audio health content using mobile phones and traditional social networks. These are services from just one country: Kenya. Worldwide, mobile and interactive innovations represent fundamental shifts in how we think about health and healthcare. These innovations are leapfrogging traditional models. What can we adapt to the US health system (and market) in the next 2-3 years?

    Speakers
    Founder/Managing Editor | Pulse+Signal

    Partner | Gobee Group | Jaspal’s primary focus is on human-centered...

    Dir of Special Programs, Dev Innovation Ventures | USAID


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #intlhealth
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11672


5:00pm

Hacking the Citizen Experience

5:00pm

Innovation Case Studies: Austin and Beyond

5:00pm

New Media Strategies & Insights for Election 2012
 
 

9:30am

Can Bloggers Put Hope Back into the 2012 Election?

9:30am

Sunspots: The Promise and Pitfalls of Gov 2.0
    Monday March 12, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon C) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Open government and transparency activists asked for it: data available through open APIs and digital formats. Now that we have some of it, the dark spots on the sun are beginning to appear. The data are sometimes poor cousins to the records actually used to administer government or do its business, created as side systems or even fake records for public consumption and suffering from neglect at the hands of their overtaxed makers. Balancing privacy with widespread data releases sometimes leave the records too general for use in holding government accountable, and leave crucial data locked in technological and physical file cabinets. Records stored on paper and its electronic siblings are the forgotten members of the family. The panel, representing three viewpoints on transparency and its role in democracy, will highlight successes and failures in the recent transparency and open government movements and suggest solutions for data users and providers.

    Speakers
    Director, Reporter's Lab and Knight Professor | Duke University...

    Director | Sunlight Labs

    Fellow | Harvard University | Vivek Kundra is executive vice...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #Sunspots
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11808


9:30am

Voting’s Viral: Voters, Election Officials & Social

11:00am

How Mexico’s Drug Traffickers Harness Social Media
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon E) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    Mexico’s Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) use various types of social media to influence and manipulate public opinion. At the most basic level, DTOs regularly post videos to Youtube of interrogations, beheadings and dismemberments of rival gang members, to intimidate other groups and the public. Myspace is another soft influence tool; profiles abound that glorify the narco-life, including photos of fast cars, blinged-out weapons, and scantily-clad women. Narco-ballads, increasingly banned on Mexican airwaves, are also available on Myspace. Blog del Narco and parrot sites provide direct interaction between DTOs and the public. These sites anonymously post images of DTO communications hung on freeway overpasses or pinned to victims’ bodies, delivering threats to rival gangs, politicians, and police, and seeking the public’s favor. Citizens once used Twitter to warn of violence along routes to work and school. Now, DTOs pose as concerned citizens and to encourage the online citizen watch to help them locate rival gangs and law enforcement. DTOs use smart-phone applications to communicate, and to navigate the border region without law enforcement detection.

    Speakers
    Analyst/Trainer | Plessas Experts Network Inc | Shauna Dillavou...


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Hashtag #sxsw #dtos&sm
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13110


11:00am

How Social Media Imperils Political Parties
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Most things in our lives are now custom fit. If we want coffee, we can order it 50 ways. If we want to watch a movie, we can choose between Netflix, iTunes, On Demand, etc. If we need a restaurant review, we have OpenTable, Yelp, etc. However, for one of the most important aspects of our life, politics, we still have only two "meat or fish" options. We are also at a point where people are more disaffected than ever by political parties. A Pew post-election poll in 2010 found for the first time in modern American history, Independents outnumbered Democrats and Republicans in terms of party affiliation. This need for tailoring our lives has now met our distaste for political institutions. While political parties will always be a piece of American politics, their relevance is being severely diminished by the growth of social media. The biggest political movements in the last year (Wisconsin, the Arab Spring, the Tea Party movement) all came together OUTSIDE of political institutions, not from within (and largely due to social media). This panel will discuss this trend.

    Speakers
    Founder & Pres | Joe Trippi & Associates | Joe Trippi is one...

    CEO | POPVOX | Entrepreneur, lawyer, former Congressional Staffer...

    Global Vice Chairman | Hill and Knowlton Strategies LLC DBA Hill+Knowlton...

    New York Times Magazine Political Writer | The New York Time...

    CEO | Ruck.us


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #ruckus
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP8744


11:00am

Open Data FAIL: How Government Fakes Transparency
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon B) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    This talk will expose the slight of hand tricks used by government agencies to make them appear more transparent than they are. "Transparency" is a common buzz word that suggests that government operates in a manner that is clear, visible, and understandable. Open Data Centers are supposed to increase accountability and transparency in government computer-based operations. However, can you use the data they provide to spot waste or corruption in government? Vote counting used to be a process that people could watch, but now you only see a false replica of the open counting process. Meanwhile the votes are actually counted where they can not be observed. The public needs to be able to differentiate between transparency and transparency theater, just as it needs to learn to differentiate between security and security theatre. Several examples of how government agencies produce this theatre will demonstrate how what is supposed to be transparent is intentionally hidden.

    Speakers
    Mr | blackboxvoting.org | Jeremiah Akin is a voting rights advocate...

    blackboxvoting.org | blackboxvoting.org


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #openfail
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP10023


11:00am

Sexy Data Solutions for Public Transit Systems
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon D) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Gas prices are up, suburban areas are adopting near-transit, mixed-use philosophies of development, and everyone wants to get to work on time. It's no surprise that use of public transportation is rising. With the ubiquity of the internet and smartphones, up-to-date information shouldn't be hard to find. And yet, some major cities and transit systems aren't using digital tools to update riders. Others have developed hyper-current feeds and channels to make sure citizens are in the know. In short, the amount of transit-related information that needs to be disseminated is tremendous. This panel will discuss: 1) How riders have created their own sources and channels for breaking news and providing current information. 2) The newest platforms chosen by official transit agencies for getting information out, and why some work better than others. 3) How crowd-sourced information can help create "smart cities"? 4) Ways the public can apply similar tactics to other areas in their cities.

    Speakers
    Comm Specialist | Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District | Amy...

    Founder & Lead Developer | OneBusAway | Brian Ferris is a software...

    Co-founder | Muni Diaries | Eugenia Chien is the co-founder of...

    Mktg Mgr | formspring.me | Laura Oppenheimer is a marketing manager...

    Founder | Caltrain Tweets | Ravi Pina is a network engineer at...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #PubTrans
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP9470


11:00am

The Human Cost of Failed Government Technology
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon C) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    In 2005, the State of Texas signed a contract worth close to $900 million dollars with an alliance of private firms to manage the eligibility process for applying for Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance programs. The project was a failure - so much so that Texas cancelled the contract just over a year later. Applications were lost. People went hungry. Kids lost health insurance. Technology projects failed.In 2009, Indiana cancelled a $1.3 billion dollar social service privatization contract - citing poor service delivery.Big changes were necessary to modernize the delivery of these important services in Texas and Indiana, no doubt. In the end, some really good things were done by both States and the private firms they hired. But there was a lot of pain in between that could have been avoided. People unnecessarily suffered. Three people in the know will discuss what went down so that we can all learn from the mistakes and help prevent them in the future.

    Speakers
    Sr Policy Analyst | Center for Public Policy Priorities

    National Correspondent | Reuters, print | Corrie MacLaggan is...

    Founder | Aunt Bertha Inc | Erine has been working on business...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #govfail
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11990


12:30pm

Co-Opting Black Market Innovation

12:30pm

Europe Is Different, so Adapt Your Strategy!

12:30pm

Future of Cities: Technology in Public Service

12:30pm

Sex, Lies and Cookies: Web Privacy EXPOSED!
    Monday March 12, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon B) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    During "Sex, Lies, and Cookies: Web Privacy EXPOSED!", panelists look into the world of data collection and privacy on the internet, asking tough questions about what “tracking” really entails. The discussion focuses on how data collection is integrated into the current structure of the web, and what (if anything) people can do to make informed choices about how they allow their information to be used. Moderated by Andy Kahl, Ghostery’s product manager, the panel includes Lydia Parnes (former director, Bureau of Consumer Protection at FTC), Christopher Soghoian (graduate fellow at Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research), Lorrie Cranor (associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon), and Berin Szoka (founder, TechFreedom).

    Speakers
    Prod Mgr | Evidon | Andy does all of the strategerizing for Ghostery...

    Pres | TechFreedom | Berin Szoka is the founder of TechFreedom...

    ACLU | Dubbed the “Ralph Nader for the Internet Age” by Wired...

    Assoc Professor | Carnegie Mellon University | Lorrie Faith Cranor...

    Partner | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Lydia Parnes is...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #ghostery
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP8735


12:30pm

Why Hasn't the Internet Made Voting Awesome?

3:30pm

Deploying Social Media to Share the Army Story
    As one of the largest employers in the country and with a workforce charged with national security, one would think the military wouldn’t take any risks when it comes to communication. However, the U.S. Army is leading the industry in transparency and authenticity in the social media space across social networks, building unfiltered Soldier blogs, interactive web experiences, and designing award-winning blogger outreach campaigns (e.g., throwing Twitter followers out of airplanes). Come hear from those in the trenches about how these programs were established, how Soldiers access social media when deployed, and how the Army has succeeded despite strict security, limited staff and stringent ROI. The panel features Soldier panelists from diverse Army backgrounds who are active in Army's social media programs.

    Speakers
    Major | US Army | MAJ Grimes has been in the Army since graduating...

    VP, Digital Strategy | Weber Shandwick | Greg Swan, VP of dig­i­tal...

    First Lieutenant | US Army Reserve | 1st Lt. Kayley Nammari currently...

    Staff Sergeant | US Army Reserve | SSG Levi Peffer is a native...

    Staff Sgt | U.S. Army | SSG Levi Peffer is a native of Ludington...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #goarmy
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP10847


3:30pm

Hacking Cybersecurity: A New Approach

3:30pm

Mega-Mergers & the Future of the Internet
    Comcast swallowed up NBC. Microsoft scooped up Skype. AT&T tried to take over T-Mobile. What's next? This panel will explore the new face of media consolidation, what it means for the future of the Internet and free speech, and whether there's anything that can — or should — be done to change course before we’re staring at GoogizonFoxBookfinity&T. This panel of scholars, policy experts, and public interest advocates will look at how we got here, measure the impact of the mega-mergers happening now or coming soon, explain what policymakers should be doing to confront the next wave of media concentration, and discuss what alternatives might be possible. The panel will include former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Craig Aaron of the media advocacy group Free Press and Andrea Quijada of New Mexico's Media Literacy Project, and will be moderated by tech journalist Sam Gustin.

    Speakers
    Executive Director | Media Literacy Project

    Pres & CEO | Free Press

    Former Commissioner | FCC

    Business Reporter | Time Magazine | Sam Gustin is a business...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #megamerge
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13238


3:30pm

Utah.gov: Breaking the Mold for eGovernment

3:30pm

Your Technology and the Conflict in Congo
    We love the latest technology. Computers, phones, and cameras can enhance our lives. But are we aware of the true cost? In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a war for access to mineral-rich land is being waged on the bodies of girls and women. This war is directly linked to our technology consumption. The sale of minerals for our electronics– Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten, and Gold- fuels the fighting in the DRC. Conditions are so bad that a girl or woman is raped every minute. The war is being funded today by our use of these minerals because consumers have not taken a stand. We need and want technology, but at what price? Join Sarah Fretwell of The Truth Told project as she shares stories and images from her intensive research trip to the DRC. Learn from her experiences and resources to become an educated technology consumer. Making a difference doesn't mean giving up technology. Become an advocate for conflict-free electronics.

    Speakers
    Founder | The Truth Told


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Hashtag #sxsw #congo
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP10854


5:00pm

Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development

5:00pm

iPlant: Advanced Computing to Feed the World
    In the developing world today, the average person consumes 25% more calories than in 1960. This tremendous progress has come from many sources: improved irrigation, new fertilizers, and the breeding of hybrid species, to name a few. But there are signs that traditional techniques for improving production are stagnating while pressure to produce more mounts. Limited supplies of water, fuel, and land combine with climate change, population growth and changing food habits to put increasing demands on our ability to grow plants. Surprisingly, the future of agriculture turns out to be a computational challenge. By exploring genomic and metabolic networks, scientists are gaining critical insights into how plants work, but the amount of data produced and the computational power required is growing exponentially. This session will describe The iPlant Collaborative, a large-scale project bringing high-end computing, data, and software resources to bear on the grand challenges of plant biology.

    Speakers
    Deputy Director | Texas Advanced Computing Center/UT Austin

    Manager, Life Sciences Computing Group | Texas Advanced Computing...


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #iPlant
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP100021


5:00pm

Modern Weaponry: Using Digital Media to End a War
    Crimes against humanity no longer occur in total isolation; digital platforms are a stage on which global citizens can watch and respond to world events. This panel is comprised of experts in the digital field and pioneers of modern humanitarian endeavors. Participants will discuss the capacity of digital media to catalyze adequate response to international crises. Invisible Children (IC), an NGO devoted to exposing the perpetrators of Africa’s longest-running conflict, the LRA, through documentary film, will host. Since its founding, the company has established itself as an outlier in the humanitarian sector for its innovative and unconventional model. Through cutting-edge media, it has ignited youth activism in an international, grassroots movement, substantially intervening in the conflict and improving lives in the region. In September 2011, IC and Digitaria launched the LRA Crisis Tracker, which collects data and maps LRA attacks in one of the world’s most remote regions.

    Speakers
    Ugandan Student & Advocate | Kyambogo University

    Mentor | Invisible Children Uganda

    CEO | Invisible Children

    CEO | Digitaria

    Managing Dir | Menlo Ventures


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #Kony2012
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP8845


5:00pm

Not Your Average G-Men: Delivering Awesome.gov

5:00pm

The Next Frontier of Public Services
 
 

9:30am

#Kony2012: What Does 70+ Million Views Mean?
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    The recent campaign film on Uganda by Invisible Children - 'Kony 2012' calling for the arrest of war criminal Joseph Kony has had a dramatic reach unseen for any previous human rights video online. Within one week it has been seen over 70 million times on YouTube. How has it spread so far and so fast? It has also drawn a strong backlash of criticism - is it promoting stereotypes and paternalistic, is it promoting the wrong solution for the problems of Uganda? This panel will include perspectives from online advocacy, from video documentary, and human rights activism to ask: What can we learn from the spectacular online reach of the Kony 2012 film, what are the critiques of it from perspectives of representation and advocacy choices, and can we evaluate and prioritize these different perspectives?



    Speakers
    Partner | Fission Strategy | Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission...

    Director | New Media Ventures

    Chief Data Scientist | Betaworks | Gilad is the Chief Scientist...

    Program Dir | Witness | Sam Gregory is the Program Director at...

    Cofounder | Project Diaspora | TMS “Teddy” Ruge is currently...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Info Y
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP992508


9:30am

China: Creators and Consumers of the Future

11:00am

Government As a Catalyst: Prizes 4 Tech Innovation
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon B) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    Want to make some money? Federal agencies have recently been given the authority by Congress to sponsor competitions for individuals, groups, and companies to develop new ideas and technology innovations for a chance to win potentially lucrative prizes. These competitions can range from new mobile outreach technologies to web-based data analytics tools to even vehicle-to-vehicle communications; the government is looking for breakthrough technologies from the minds of the most innovative and forward thinking Americans, many of whom are at SXSW. This session will highlight some of the coolest prizes for technology development that the government has been involved in to date, including the DOT’s Connected Vehicle Challenge, the VA’s Open Source and blue button projects, and NASA’s centennial challenges. Additionally you will learn about some prizes government did NOT play a role in to explore what role the government should be playing in these activities moving forward.

    Speakers
    Open Government Initiative | NASA | http://about.me/gerty

    Team Leader for Program Mgmt & Evaluation in the USDOT ITS Joint...

    Prizes & Challenges Program Exec | NASA | Ms. Gustetic’s experience...

    Co-Founder & Pres | GlobalGiving | Mari co-founded GlobalGiving...

    Michael O’Neill is an acting, directing, Commedia Dell’Arte...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #TechPrize
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11048


11:00am

How the White House is Mobilizing Social Media
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon E) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    From his first day in office, President Obama put a priority on an open and engaging government. From Hangouts to hashtags, the White House is utilizing social media to interact with Americans everyday on the issues that they care about the most. As the first Administration in history to have a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere online, the White House’s social media strategy is focused on creating opportunities for meaningful engagement. This session will highlight the #40dollars campaign surrounding the payroll tax cut extension, White House Hangouts and more. Kori Schulman, Deputy Director of Online Outreach at the White House, will discuss how the Administration is breaking new ground to engage with citizens in the digital age and what’s next.

    Speakers
    Deputy Director of Outreach | The White House | Kori Schulman...


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP992446


11:00am

Social Media Boundaries: Personal/Personnel Policy

11:00am

Starting Up in China

12:30pm

2012: Social Media’s New Role in Politics
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Social media has earned a prominent seat at the table with the large media companies of the world and has birthed an entirely new way to cover the world of politics. As we approach the electoral year, political chatter will continue to snowball and generate enormous heaps of data. Data can drastically impact how we determine the importance of a given story, the ways that we gauge public opinion and eventually may even revolutionize the way we cast our votes. This panel will discuss the many ways that the web is providing entirely new tools and resources to track and cover the world of politics and discuss the unique perspective social media data paints for the voice of a bolder and broader demographic. This panel will feature experts in political news, new media, data crunching and the real-time web debating the future of political coverage and the impact of new social technologies on political news and research.

    Speakers
    Editor-at-Large | The Peep Project | Ben Parr is a respected...

    Co-Founder & CEO | Echo | Khris Loux has a strong 15-year track...

    Sr Polling Editor | The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal is...

    CTO & Co-Founder | Viralheat Inc | Vishal Sankhla is the CTO...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #SMPolitics
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13056


12:30pm

Democracy 2.0 in the German Parliament

12:30pm

Leveling Up: The Advance of Chinese Online Games

12:30pm

Worldchanging 2.0: Evaluating Inspiration

3:30pm

American Copyright: Will Government Go Too Far?
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    During the week of SXSW in 2011, the White House’s Intellectual Property Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, released a whitepaper calling for increased government crack-down on copyright infringement. Espinel’s paper called for: Stronger criminal laws related to online copyright infringement; increased surveillance of foreign websites marketing to US consumers; enabling law enforcement to wiretap purported “infringers” and share the results of those wiretaps with private “rightsholders.” Law makers and big media rightsholders have concerns that piracy causes “economic harm and threaten the health and safety of American consumers.” The legislature is reviewing the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act to address these concerns.Are the proposals commensurate with the purported threat? Will they even address the threat? Are the invasions on consumers’ rights necessary and do such privacy concerns outweigh the supposed threat to the “health and safety” of American consumers?

    Speakers
    Attorney at Law | W David Snead Attorney At Law | David Snead’s...

    Owner | CopyByte | Jonathan Bailey is a copyright and plagiarism...

    Attorney at Law | Lorance & Thompson PC | Before joining Lorance...

    Sr Assoc | Mudd Law Offices | My practice is mainly in civil...

    Owner | iFroggy Network | Patrick O'Keefe is the founder of the...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #AMERCOPY
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12068


3:30pm

China: Will It Redefine Our Digital Landscape?
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon D) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Not only is China on course to having the #1 economy in the world, but it's also establishing itself as the most influential country in the world. Its 500 million strong internet user population makes up the single largest internet-using community in the world with almost 100 million more new users added each year. China, in many people's eyes, is regarded as an industrial nation with vast production capabilities that imitates but does not innovate. This panel will explore how China's digital landscape will change the lives of its population, and consequently, it's effect on our society and the rest of the world.Topics will include China's social networks, mobile platforms, music services, piracy, pop/meme culture, BBS society and changes in society due to digitalization.

    Speakers
    VP, Digital Strategy | SapientNitro | Whether launching and leading...


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Hashtag #sxsw #china
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12658


3:30pm

Cool Like You, Gov Private Sector Envy

3:30pm

Women Drive Change: Tech in the Global South

5:00pm

Greening China's Cities

5:00pm

Policy Effects of Media Portrayals of Hacktivists
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon A) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)
    Hollywood and the international news media delight in presenting us with depictions of hackers and hacktivists as subterranean Ohmian "Super Users," capable of hacking *all* the ISPs with a few keystrokes in between shots of Red Bull. How do these depictions, both in fiction and news coverage of hacktivist actions, affect the development and implementation of Internet policy and regulations? In this talk, I'll be examining how media coverage and depictions of hackers and hacktivists has changed as the hacktivist movement has developed since the 1980s. I'll be describing how such coverage, from "Sneakers" to photo galleries of Fawkes-masked Anonymous protests, influences policy on subjects from intellectual property and communications regulations to information security and cyberwar. I'll be questioning what these trends of laws, regulations, and apparent media biases mean for the future of hacktivism and digital activism.

    Speakers
    Doctoral Student | McGill University | Molly Sauter is a doctoral...


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Hashtag #sxsw #hacklaw
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12520


5:00pm

Senate Committees Push Boundaries on Social Media
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ AT&T Conference Hotel (Salon B) (1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705)

    The bulk of social media and Web 2.0 use in Congress and state legislatures has until now largely been composed of personal tweets and posts by legislators and staff, pushing communications out without engaging in true conversations with constituents. Innovation in this area has lagged the private sector.One Texas Senate committee is changing that. Charged by Chairman John Carona to “push the envelope so hard it’s no longer stationery,” the Business and Commerce Committee is moving out with social media. They began by examining the legislative process and identifying each point where lobbyists and advocates have special access to information or legislators, then looked for technologies that would level the playing field, open the process to the public, or help generate consensus. As a testbed, the committee is currently tackling a tough issue –payday lending – and they’ll tell you what they’re doing, what’s worked and where they think Gov2.0 is going. 

    Speakers
    Consultant | Texas Senate Business And Commerce Committee | Conor...

    Former Committee Dir | Texas Senate Business & Commerce | As...


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #opengov
    Theme Government and Global Issues
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP992405


5:00pm

The Global South Drives the Future of Media
 

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