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UCLA LUSKIN CONFERENCE: Who Owns the Digital City?

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

UCLA LUSKIN CONFERENCE: Who Owns the Digital City?

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RSVP 4/24 Keynote Lecture (Jaron Lanier) Ended Free  
RSVP 4/25 Conference (panels) Ended Free  

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UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

“Who Owns the Digital City?”

April 24-25, 2014

The conference brings together policymakers, technologists, engineers, activists and intellectuals to explore how information and communication technologies are changing the governance, social experience, management and study of our cities. This is a part of a larger project at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to explore the main critical policy issues raised by the digital revolution, which is upending entire fields and industries and causing many changes in our daily lives. The latest phase of information and communication technology development will have a particularly powerful effect on our cities and regions, leading to new paradigms of urban management, public decision-making and participation, social interaction, and social-scientific methodology. 



6:00 - 8:00 pm:               

Conference Keynote: Jaron Lanier

Virtual reality pioneer, computer scientist, artist, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential people in the world and author of “Who Owns the Future?” (the New York Times called the book one of the most important reads of 2013)

Location:              UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, 3rd Floor Terrace



UCLA De Neve Plaza, Plaza Room

9:00 am – 4:30 pm


9:00:      Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30:      Welcome:

    • Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Dean, UCLA Luskin of Public Affairs
    • Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer, City of Los Angeles

10:00:   Panel One: Big Data

    • Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture, Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL), Director of Visual Studies, School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, Columbia
    • Ernest Wilson, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC
    • Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Technology, City of San Francisco
    • Gil Elbaz, President & CEO, Factual

11:45:   Lunch

12:30:   Panel Two: Social Interaction & Citizen Participation

    • Fred Turner, Associate Professor, Stanford
    • Paul Dourish, Professor, Co-Director Center for Social Computing, Informatics and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
    • Christine Gaspar, Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy
    • Catherine Geanuracos, CEO & Founder, New Economy Campaigns

2:15:      Panel Three: Governance & Urban Management

    • Mark Dixon, IT Architect, Creator of Smarter Local Government and Cognitive Digital Democracy, IBM
    • Dan Hoornweg, Associate Professor and Jeffrey S. Boyce Research Chair in Natural Gas (NG) as a Transportation Fuel, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    • Riel Miller, Chief of Section of Foresight, UNESCO
    • Steve Reneker, General Manager, Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles

4:00:      Closing


  • IBM Corporation
  • Ford Foundation
  • UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • UCLA Vice Chancellor of Research


  • UCLA Engineering
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University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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