Elon professors to present at SXSW Interactive

The Austin, Texas-based South By Southwest conference that’s famous for bring together some of the biggest names in music and film will play host to Janna Anderson, Elon University professor and director of the Imagining the Internet center, as she presents with web industry leaders March 15 in a session called “Internet Evolution: Hyperconnected, Hyper-real.” The session is part of the conference’s Interactive Festival.

Professor Janna Anderson. Image courtesy of E-Net.

Elon’s Imagining the Internet center is a program run by Anderson that seeks to predict the future of the Internet, while also looking at its development. The center has put out four books detailing its findings, and has a fifth in the process of being printed, Anderson said.

“Most technology experts foresee: wireless devices embedded in everything – including us; nearly invisible cameras recording activity in all public spaces; databases cataloguing our online actions; massive data centers that allow that information to be sorted and understood in new ways; changes in work and home environments as the Internet of Things and everyware applications become widespread and immersive, invisible, ambient, networked computing makes us available to more people in more ways,” wrote Anderson on the panel’s description.

Anderson’s session will include Paul Jones, of open source software and archiving website ibiblio; Mike Nelson of Georgetown University, formerly a technology policy assistant in the Clinton White House and an executive at IBM; and Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News.

The conference, which is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, will also be attended by Derek Lackaff, a faculty member in Elon’s Interactive Media Master’s program. Lackaff will be on a panel session March 11 called “Rebooting Iceland: Crowdsourcing Innovation in Uncertain Times.” The session is organized and led by Dilja Amundadottir, a producer for CCP Games.

“In the US, social media innovators are changing the way people work and play. In Iceland, these innovators may offer the best hope of rescuing an entire nation,” wrote Amundadottir on the SXSW website.

On top of presentations, nine students from Elon’s Interactive Media master’s program will attend the conference, along with program assistant Maggie Mullikin and projects coordinator Brad Berkner.

SXSW Conference: www.sxsw.com

Professor Janna Anderson’s session:

“Internet Evolution: Hyperconnected, Hyper-real.”

March 15, 11 a.m.


Professor Derek Lackaff’s session:

“Rebooting Iceland: Crowdsourcing Innovation in Uncertain Times.”

March 11, 2 p.m.



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