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Andrew Keen

Prominent sceptic of the Internet and “cult of the social”

Andrew Keen is an entrepreneur, author and broadcaster who is regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary analysts of digital business and culture.

In his sharp and witty book, The Internet is Not the Answer (published Feb, 2015), long-time Silicon Valley observer and author Keen argues that, on balance, the Internet has had a disastrous impact on all our lives.

He is also the author of two acclaimed books on social media and the internet, DIGITAL VERTIGO: How Today's Online Social… 

Andrew Keen is an entrepreneur, author and broadcaster who is regarded as one of the world’s leading contemporary analysts of digital business and culture.

In his sharp and witty book, The Internet is Not the Answer (published Feb, 2015), long-time Silicon Valley observer and author Keen argues that, on balance, the Internet has had a disastrous impact on all our lives.

He is also the author of two acclaimed books on social media and the internet, DIGITAL VERTIGO: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us which critically evaluates social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In, and CULT OF THE AMATEUR: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture which was published in 17 different languages and was short-listed for the Higham’s Business Technology Book of the Year award. The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani described the book as being written “with acuity and passion”.

As a pioneering Silicon Valley based Internet entrepreneur, Keen founded Audiocafe.com and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. He has also co-founded a number of other Silicon Valley start-up ventures including afterTV and now.tv. He is currently the host of “Keen On” show, the popular Techcrunch chat show, where he interviews global business luminaries like Sir Martin Sorrell. He has been featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers around the world and regularly writes for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, The San Francisco Journal, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent, Fast Company, Fortune and many other publications.

Keen is a regular lecturer at major international conferences, speaking on the impact of new technology on 21st century business, education and society. He was a featured speaker in 2011 at the E-G8, former French President Sarkozy’s pre G8 gathering of digital leaders in Paris, where he spoke about the impact of data on individual privacy.

He was awarded a First Class Degree in History from London University, was a British Scholar at the University of Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia, and earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has lectured at many universities around the world including Warsaw, Amsterdam, Stanford, Berkeley and Oxford.

Andrew is also the co-founder of Amsterdam University’s Future of University Education conference, an event that maps out the 21st century university. He has made a series of commentaries for CNN looking at how internet trends are influencing social culture.

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Innovation in the Revolutionary Early 21st Century


OVERVIEW

Todays online revolution of real-time communications is transforming how all organisations communicate with their clients, customers, citizens and staff. As traditional top-down media is replaced by the real-time stream of online networks like Facebook and Twitter, all corporations, schools, government agencies and businesses are faced with the same challenge of trying to manage their message in the midst of the cacophonous digital revolution.

As Marshall McLuhan predicted fifty years ago, the media has indeed become the message. But what, exactly, is this revolutionary new medium of the early 21st century digital age and how does it change the basic rules about how organisations can build their bands, sell their products, manage their staff and above all, innovate?

THE MASTERCLASS COVERS

The day will consist of a series of formal presentations, a series of more interactive and intimate workgroups and the opportunity for one-on-one meetings and conversations with Andrew.

• How and why todays digital revolution is economically, culturally and politically transformative as the mid 19th century industrial revolution.
• Why top-down traditional media and marketing is no longer viable in the digital age and how innovative organisaions should adapt to the challenges of the Web 3.0 revolution.
• How the traditional education, healthcare and energy industries are about to be fundamentally changed by the digital revolution.
• What both governments and corporations can learn from social revolutions in Tahir Square, Wall Street and the London Riots.
• How the Internets democratic media revolution is rewriting all the traditional laws of marketing, public relations and brand building.
• What exactly are the "attention" and "reputation" economies and how the speed of todays digital media is rewiring our brains and creating a distinctively 21st century type of consumer and citizen.
• Why real-time networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn represent the future of both business innovation and individual identity in the 21st century.

BENEFITS

• Delegates will have a full understanding of the 21st century digital revolution as well as understand the challenges and opportunities for their organisations or governments.
• Each participant will receive a signed copy of Digital Vertigo.
 

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Andrew Keen speaking at TEDx Danubia 2011. …

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