The new problem of the digital age — though some would call it a blessing — is that ordinary citizens now have the power to create major disruptions to democracies on a scale previously impossible, and previously mediated by institutions. Never before have democracies stood so precariously on the edge of chaos.
How will war, diplomacy and revolution change with increased access to information technologies? How much privacy and security must individuals relinquish in the new digital age? Is there anything technology can do about ongoing revolutions? The CEMEX auditorium was packed to the brim Tuesday with listeners eager for answers to these questions. Onstage, technology met policy: Jared Cohen — a young Stanford alumnus and director of Google Ideas — was flanked by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Google Chief Eric Schmidt.
Co-founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom ’06 and Mike Krieger ’08 M.S. ’09, discussed how life at Stanford prepared them for entrepreneurship and their work at Instagram to an audience of 250 at Cemex Auditorium Tuesday evening.
Approximately 700 people gathered at Cemex Auditorium on Saturday for the second annual TEDxStanford event, which featured Stanford-affiliated speakers and performers including football coach David Shaw ’94, Indian folk dance group Basmati Raas and Rhodes Scholar Rachel Kolb ’12 M.A. ’13.
Glass played various clips from different broadcast shows throughout the two-hour presentation and drew a sharp line of contrast between “mainstream” media outlets and his work at TAL.
Speaking to a predominantly female audience Thursday night at Cemex Auditorium, best-selling author Marianne Williamson proposed that the only way society can change its course from inevitable doom is to employ love as an agent of social transformation.
Last Thursday, the unofficial “Oprah Day,” was the second time in my Stanford career that I actually made a concerted effort to get out on campus and explore. Upon hearing that Oprah was on campus, I dropped everything and ran out to my bike.
While reminding the audience that the film is not a “time machine,” Jay Roach ‘79 stated following a pre-screening Tuesday night in Cemex Auditorium that his upcoming HBO film “Game Change” is all “factually accurate.”