Future of Information

Future of Information
April 10, 2018 paperlesslion

Discover how information technology shapes what our democracy is becoming when Futurist Amy Webb – named as a woman changing the world—kicks off a quarterly series with a look at how the news media must adapt to emerging technology. Watch “The Future of Information” live on Wednesday, April 11 from 1-3 p.m. on DPTV.org.

The presentation is a made possible through the support of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Details from DPTV:

Largely unprofitable, often untrusted, sinking fast in resources and audience, our news media – it’s widely accepted – is hovering near critical condition. But unlike other failed industries (think the horse-and buggy), it is not one we can do without if we are going to prevail as an informed democracy.

That’s why a new quarterly series of conversations, organized by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is so timely and significant.

The Future of Information will bring nationally recognized authorities on information science, first amendment law and other essential topics to Detroit to discuss what changes and disruptions in the flow of news and information will mean to the progress and health of our community.

The first session on April 11, from 1-3 p.m., will feature noted futurist, Amy Webb, professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute. Named by Forbes as one of the five women changing the world, Webb was also named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the top management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led.

Her research focuses on the future of technology and its implications on business, military, governing and society. Her forecasting models and trends have been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, NPR and other leading media outlets. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, where she writes about the future of technology and business.

Following Webb’s talk, a panel of local experts will react to her ideas and discuss how they can impact the media, technology and democracy in Detroit.  The session will be moderated by Christy McDonald, host of MiWeek, the weekly news show on Detroit Public Television.

Webb’s recent presentation at the Knight Media Forum in Miami ignited hours of discussion and debate. Her talk on Wednesday should be just as provocative. It should be required thinking for all of us who care about the health and future of the news media.

Webb’s appearance is already sold out, but you can still catch it live-streamed at dptv.org

Session two in the series on June 20 will feature danah boyd, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a visiting professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society.

For more information on the series, please visit www.futureofinfo.org.