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Keynote Speaker

Opening Plenary Keynote
Sunday, 25 October, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Dr. Manuel Castells

Manuel Castells is University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, and Emeritus Professor at the University of California-Berkeley. He has authored 35 books on the sociology of the Internet, political communication, political economy, urban sociology, regional development and social movements, many of them translated into several languages.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics. He was a founding Board member of the European Research Council of the European Commission, and of the European Institute of Technology and Innovation. Manuel Castells has received the Erasmus Medal of Science from the Academia Europaea, the Holberg Memorial Prize from the Norwegian Parliament, and the Balzan Prize. He has received 23 Honorary Doctorates from around the world.


More information at:
Manuel Castells (website and extended biography), Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
Manuel Castells: scientific work, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Fundación Telefónica
Manuel Castells. The technology revolution. (video)

Closing Plenary
Thursday, 29 October

"Information for a Sustainable World: A Call to Action"
Note speakers TBD