Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google 
Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas and former Adviser, US Department of State
Moderated by Anne Dias Griffin, Founder and Managing Partner, Aragon Global Management

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas director Jared Cohen have a vision of the future: an entirely connected world where information and technology will totally influence war, peace, diplomacy, business, and everyday life. With five billion new people connecting to the Internet in the next decade, the world will go from virtually having no access to unfiltered information, to being able to access all of the world’s information through a device that fits into the palm of your hand. While technology has the ability to cause change, there is also a dark side to the digital revolution as autocratic governments acquire new tools to maintain power. What does this mean for governments and would-be reformers? Who will be more powerful in the future, the citizen or the state?

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Google. From 2001 to 2011, he served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Prior to joining Google, Schmidt was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the United Kingdom. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Jared CohenJared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a nonfiction author. Previously, he served as a member of the secretary of state's policy planning staff and as a close adviser to both Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. He has conducted research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Cohen is the author of Children of Jihad and One Hundred Days of Silence. He is also coauthor with Eric Schmidt of the Foreign Affairs article, "The Digital Disruption: Connectivity and the Diffusion of Power." He received his BA from Stanford University and his MPhil from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Schmidt and Cohen’s book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, will be available for purchase following the program.

   THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013


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