Future of Information

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation invite you to join us in a year-long conversation on the future of information in communities.

Reliable sources of community information are critical for an informed and engaged society. The Future of Information series will connect national leaders in data and information science, first amendment policy and law, educational policy and information, and other topics with local residents who are concerned about how changes in information are impacting their communities and democracy.

Past Future of Information Presentations:

Rumman Chowdhury
Passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She comes to data science from a quantitative social science background. Currently, she is a Senior Principal at Accenture, working on cutting-edge applications of Artificial Intelligence and leading the Strategic Growth Initiative on Responsible Artificial Intelligence. She serves on the Board of Directors for multiple AI startups and an AI mentor for Katapult Accelerator, an impact tech accelerator in Oslo, Norway. In 2017, she was selected as one of the BBC 100 women as a part of #Teamlead tasked with tackling the glass ceiling by creating an app that can teach women to ‘lean in’ during meetings.

Amy Webb
Webb is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the founder of the Future Today Institute. Named by Forbes as one of the five women changing the world, Webb was also named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the top management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She won the 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award for her new book, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream.

danah boyd
danah boyd is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books – “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age” – examine how our personal and professional lives are shaped by our experiences with emerging media.

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