July 8, 2014
From the Community
Power and Participation in the Age of Big Data
The Global Studies Conference is excited to announce Power and Participation in the Age of Big Data as the Special Focus of the 2015 conference to be held in London from 20-21 July 2015.
In The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen present a bold vision for the digital age. At the heart of their vision is the project of "full connectivity" (Schmidt 2013 p. 34). For Schmidt and Cohen, the project of "full connectivity" engenders the promise of more efficient markets, increased productivity, and useful tools for enlarged democratic action. Within this context, Schmidt and Cohen claim that the Internet is a historically specific social, political, and economic phenomenon. The Internet, they argue, "could ultimately be seen as the realization of the classic international relations theory of an anarchic, leaderless world" (Schmidt 2013 p. 83). The special focus of the 2015 Global Studies Conference centers on their claim and presents the following questions: how do we make sense of this "leaderless world?” What can the digital age and its communication technologies teach us about the future of order in global life?
The conference will address the above questions with an interdisciplinary approach, through keynote speakers, garden sessions, workshops and parallel sessions.
Visit the Call for Papers for more information.