The Industries of the Future
Within 20 years, we’ll see robot suits that allow paraplegics to walk and new drugs able to melt away most cancers. But we’ll also see definitions of money blur the line between corporation and citizen and computer code being used as a weapon to destroy physical infrastructures halfway around the world.
Those are some of the predictions leading innovation expert Alec Ross, author of The Industries of the Future, claims will drive the next two decades of change in our economies and societies. With stories and analysis in fields as sweeping as cybersecurity, genomics, and finance, Ross asks: can rising nations match Silicon Valley as the next innovation hotspots? What global trends are affecting the way we live and work? And how can we adapt?
Join New America for a conversation with Alec Ross, along with Open Technology Institute’s Kevin Bankston and 1776’s Rachel Haot, on both the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the future, and how we can navigate them.
Alec Ross @AlecJRoss
Former Senior Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Department of State
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Author, The Industries of the Future
After graduating in 1994 from Northwestern University with a B.A. in history, Ross moved to Baltimore as a Teach for America corps member. Ross taught for two years and then accepted a position as special assistant to the president of the Enterprise Foundation. He focused on developing business, technology and fundraising strategies. In 2000, he co-founded the nonprofit One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. Ross resides in Baltimore with his wife and three children.
Rachel Haot @rachelhaot
Managing Director, 1776 Former Chief Digital Officer, New York State and City of New York
Rachel Haot (née Sterne) is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur. In January 2016, she joined 1776 (company) as Managing Director. Haot was previously the Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology of New York State for two years under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Prior to this role, Rachel served as Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York for three years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, from January 2011 to December 2013.
Kevin Bankston @KevinBankston
Director, Open Technology Institute, New America
Kevin Bankston is the Director of New America’s Open Technology Institute, where he works in the public interest to promote policy and regulatory reforms to strengthen communities by supporting open communications networks, platforms, and technologies. He previously served as OTI’s Policy Director.
Prior to leading OTI’s policy team, Kevin was a Senior Counsel and the Director of the Free Expression Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. From that position, he spent two years advocating on a wide range of Internet and technology policy issues both international and domestic, most recently organizing a broad coalition of companies and civil society organizations to demand greater transparency around the US government’s surveillance practices. He also has served since 2005 on the board of the First Amendment Coalition, a non-profit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech and a more open and accountable government, and previously was a nonresidential fellow at the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society.
Prior to joining CDT, he worked for nearly a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech and privacy law with a focus on government surveillance, Internet privacy, and location privacy. As a Senior Staff Attorney at EFF, he regularly litigated issues surrounding free expression and electronic surveillance, and was a lead counsel in EFF’s lawsuits against the National Security Agency and AT&T, challenging the legality of the NSA warrantless wiretapping program first revealed in 2005. He originally joined EFF as an Equal Justice Works/Bruce J. Ennis First Amendment Fellow, studying the impact of post-9/11 anti-terrorism surveillance initiatives on online privacy and free expression. Before joining EFF, he litigated Internet-related free speech cases at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City as a Justice William Brennan First Amendment Fellow. He received his JD at the University of Southern California Law School after receiving his BA at the University of Texas at Austin.
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