Presentation: "Voice for the Voiceless: The Internet and how it became the Next Best Hope for Earth"

Track: IT in the World / Time: Wednesday 14:05 - 15:05 / Location: Room 202/203

Abraham Lincoln, an American president facing the specter of a civil war, said "We -- even we here -- hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." Over the past few months, we've witnessed a radical reshaping of governments both through response to their citizenry and by revolution. Contrary to the hopeless dystopian predictions of George Orwell's 1984, these popular movements organized, fueled and documented their history in the making using social networking and other Internet-based technology. This presentation will examine both how these tools were leveraged, and how we can work to ensure that the Internet will continue to give a voice to the voiceless.

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Cameron Purdy, Vice President of Development at Oracle

Cameron Purdy

Biography: Cameron Purdy

Cameron Purdy is Vice President of Development at Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Purdy was the CEO of Tangosol, whose revolutionary Coherence Data Grid product provides reliable and scalable data management across the enterprise. Mr. Purdy has been working with Java and Java-related technology since 1996, regularly participates in industry standards development and is a specification lead for the Java Community Process. As a software visionary and industry leader, Mr. Purdy is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and has received a number of awards in recognition of his contribution to the Java community, including three times being named as a JavaOne RockStar and being recognized in TheServerSide's "Who's Who in Enterprise Java".