The 2005 Technology Conference will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators on the links between technology and its human users, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured - a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

The Speakers

  • William Dutton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

  • William Dutton is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Fellow of Balliol College. Until joining Oxford in July 2002, he was a Professor in the The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. At USC, he was elected President of the Faculty, presiding over the USC's Academic Senate during 2000-01. In the UK, prior to directing the OII, Bill was a Fulbright Scholar (1986-87), and later the National Director of the UK's successful Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996.

    Among his recent publications on the social aspects of information and communication technologies are Society on the Line (Oxford University Press, 1999), Digital Academe: New Media in Higher Education and Learning, edited with Brian D. Loader (Taylor & Francis Routledge, 2002), Transforming Enterprise, edited with Brian Kahin and others (MIT Press, forthcoming 2004), and a monograph for the World Summit on the Information Society, entitled Social Transformation in an Information Society (Paris: UNESCO, forthcoming 2004).

  • Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, USA.

  • Telle Whitney is President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. A long-time friend and colleague of Institute founder Dr Anita Borg (1949-2003), Dr Whitney has 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and telecommunications industries and has a longstanding commitment to increasing the presence and impact of women in the technology field.

    Dr Whitney was part of the founding management team at Malleable Technologies, a startup in the programmable communication area. Malleable was acquired by PMC-Sierra in June 2000. She served as Vice President of Engineering at Malleable until its acquisition. Prior to joining Malleable, Dr Whitney was an executive at Actel Corporation, where she held a number of diverse positions in the software engineering and chip design area.

    In 1994 Dr Whitney co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) conference along with Dr Anita Borg. Today, the GHC conference is one of the Institute's flagship events, and the largest technical gathering for women in the world.

    Dr Whitney served as ACM Secretary/Treasurer in 2003-2004, and serves on the ACM Queue advisory board. She is a member of the National Science Foundation Committee for Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) and a co-founder of the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She serves on the advisory board of Mentornet and the Professional Business Women’s Conference (PBWC).

    Telle received her Ph.D. from Caltech, and her BS at the University of Utah, both in Computer Science.

  • Darin Barney, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • Darin Barney is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and studied at Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto, where he trained in political theory and received a Ph.D. in 1999.

    Darin is the author of Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC Press: 2005); The Network Society (Polity Press: 2004); and Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology (UBC/Chicago 2000) which was awarded the 2001 Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Research by the McGannon Center for Communication Research at Fordham University, selected as an Outstanding Title in political theory for 2001 by the American Library Association’s Choice Reviews and a Finalist for the 2002 Harold Adams Innis book prize.

    He is co-editor with Andrew Feenberg of Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice (Rowman and Littlefield: 2004) and recipient in 2003 of the inaugural Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Aurora Prize for outstanding contribution to Canadian intellectual life by a new researcher. In 2002, he was the Hixon-Riggs Visiting Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He has also taught at the University of Ottawa, the University of New Brunswick at Saint John, the University of Toronto at Scarborough, McMaster University, and Simon Fraser University. Darin Barney is currently Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at McGill University.

  • Michel Laguerre, Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology, USA.

  • Michel S. Laguerre, Ph.D., in Social Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is Professor of Anthropology/Afro-American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a visiting scholar in the anthropology department at Harvard University in 1991-2 and in the program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2001-2. In 1994-5, he held at UC Berkeley the Barbara Weinstock Lectureship on the Morals of Trade.

    He has published several books among them, American Odyssey, (Cornell University Press, 1984), Urban Poverty in the Caribbean: French Martinique as a Social Laboratory, (Macmillan, 1990), The Military and Society in Haiti, (University of Tennessee Press, 1993); The Informal City, (Macmillan, 1994); Minoritized Space: An Inquiry into the Spatial Order of Things, (Berkeley Public Policy Press, 1999); Diasporic Citizenship: Haitian Americans in Transnational America, (Macmillan, 1998); and The Global Ethnopolis: Chinatown, Japantown and Manilatown in American Society, (Macmillan Press, 2000). His Diasporic Globalization: Transnational Politics, Ethnic Lobbies and the Micropolitics of Dediasporization is forthcoming. He is completing a volume on The Digital City: Information Technology and Globalization in Silicon Valley.

    His areas of academic interest include contemporary social theory, information technology, diaspora studies, transnational citizenship, multiculturalism, globalization, multinational family organization, and urban studies.

  • Tim Luke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.

  • Tim Luke's areas of research specialization include environmental and cultural studies as well as comparative politics, international political economy, and modern critical social and political theory. He teaches courses in the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, comparative and international politics.

    During 1996, he was named Visiting Research and Teaching Scholar at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and in 1995 he was the Fulbright Professor of Cultural Theory and the Politics of Information Society at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He has continued teaching courses online for Victoria University's School of English, Film and Theatre Studies from 1998-2001.

    He serves on the editorial board of Organization & Environment, New Political Science, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Telos, International Political Economy Yearbook, and Post-Communist Cultural Studies with Penn State University Press. He has also served as an editorial board member with Journal of Politics.