digital and social media | January 31, 2013

Who Owns The Internet? Rahaf Harfoush To Speak At Social Media Week

Although the Internet was designed to be an instrument of the people, with limited government enforcement, its increased popularity is causing policy makers to question that limited involvement. Rahaf Harfoush, Author of ArchiTechs: How to Work, Govern & Learn in a Hyper-Connected World, will give a keynote discussion at Social Media Week in February to address that very issue. She will join Ross LaJeunesse, Google's Global Head of Free Expression and International Relations, to discuss the way that the social element of the digital space is being examined by agencies looking to moderate and capitalize on its capacity for free and open speech. The event will take place on February 19th in New York City, and you can pick up tickets here.

The talk will also address the issue of digital diplomacy and its potential for solving foreign policy problems using the Internet. The online space gives us a forum to engage and evaluate with people across the world in ways never before possible. It also allows us to directly communicate with people in different parts of the world, and the government in charge. The Internet has become a forum for solidifying and proliferating public opinion, and in the talk, Harfoush will address how this is affecting our lives—and why the government wants to be a bigger part of it.

Rahaf is a co-founder of the non-profit organization Emerging Women, which is aimed at improving local and global support systems for female entrepreneurs in emerging economies. She was also formerly the Associate Director at The World Economic Forum. Currently, she works as a digital innovation & foresight strategist and explores the unique ways that technology is changing the way we live. She emplores that insight in her work at Red Thread Inc., where she provides clients with out-of-the-box thinking that can be used to tackle their toughest strategic challenges. In her keynotes, she explores the numerous revolutionary changes taking place in the way our institutions operate. She speaks not only to the role of technology in these changes, but also to the way companies are evaluating their people power differently. Not only is technology changing the way that we interact with each other and do our jobs, but it is sparking a debate about how we act as people, as well.

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