On October 23, 2012, the Ford Foundation hosts its second annual Wired for Change conference, bringing together social innovators, technologists, entrepreneurs, government leaders and philanthropists for provocative conversations about the challenges and opportunities big data presents for social change makers. How can we ensure that vast data sets are tapped for the common good? How do we protect the right to privacy? And how do we build a transparent framework for data collection and analysis that allows us to create a better and more equitable future for all?


From Tim Berners-Lee, Esther Dyson, Kamala D. Harris, Baratunde Thurston, Ethan Zuckerman and more, a recap of the 2013 Wired for Change conference. Scroll down for more videos from the day.


About the Event

Luis Ubiñas President, Ford Foundation
Jenny Toomey, program officer, Media Rights and Access Initiative

Big Data, Big Challenges and Big Opportunities
Ethan Zuckerman (Moderator) Director, MIT Center for Civic Media
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Inventor, World Wide Web
Esther Dyson Investor, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Jaron Lanier Computer Scientist, Composer, Visual Artist and Author
Kaitlin Thaney Manager of External Partnerships, Digital Science

The End of Privacy?
John Palfrey (Moderator) Head of School Phillips Academy, Andover
Harvey Anderson General Counsel and Public Policy Lead, Mozilla
Brad Burnham Co-Founder, Union Square Ventures
Kamala D. Harris Attorney General, California
Jon Leibowitz Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Ashkan Soltani Independent Researcher

Bringing a New Lens to Old Data
César A. Hidalgo Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab

Lunch Discussion: The Human Face of Big Data
David Kirkpatrick (Moderator) Founder and CEO, Techonomy
Rick Smolan CEO, Against All Odds Productions

Big Data and the Media
Sewell Chan (Moderator) Deputy Editor, Op-Ed and the Sunday Review, The New York Times
Emily Bell Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Stephen Engelberg Managing Editor, ProPublica
Shazna Nessa Deputy Managing Editor of Editorial Products and Innovation, Associated Press
Joseph Turow Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Tracking Progress: What The Media Cloud Can Do For You
Ethan Zuckerman Director, MIT Center for Civic Media

First Do No Harm: Changing the Human Rights Landscape
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm (Moderator) Executive Director, WITNESS
Jeremy Heimans Co-Founder and CEO, Purpose
Becky Hurwitz Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer, MIT Media Lab
Cristina Jiménez Managing Director, United We Dream
Kenneth Roth Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Big Data and the Just City
Rick Karr (Moderator) Journalist and Educator
Adam Greenfield Founder and Managing Director, Urbanscale
Nithya V. Raman Project Director, Transparent Chennai
Jon Tolva CTO, City of Chicago

Pushing the Envelope: Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston Author, “How to Be Black”

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