Lecture and Colloquium Tech & Society: “Consolation for dark times”
Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Telefónica, hosted last Friday, May 12th at 7.00 pm the first lecture and colloquium of the VII Edition of the Tech & Society Program with Michael Ignatieff, Canadian essayist, academic and former politician. The Lecture and Colloquium was moderated by Noelia Amoedo, CEO of MediaSmart and Aspen España Fellow.
The lecture and colloquium was held in English.
He is a Canadian essayist, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Official Opposition from 2008 to 2011. Known for his work as a historian, Ignatieff has held academic positions at Cambridge University, Oxford University, Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He is rector and president of the Central European University in Budapest and was a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. His books include Isaiah Berlin: A Life (Taurus, 1999, 2018), The Warrior’s Honor (Taurus, 2003), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (Taurus, 2005), Fire and Ashes (Taurus, 2014) and The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (Taurus, 2018).
Is the founder and CEO of mediasmart – a self-serve programmatic platform that provides advertisers, trading desks and agencies an integrated advertising platform that empowers them to efficiently reach their target audiences no matter where they are. mediasmart was acquired by the Affle group in 2020, and Noelia also serves as a Non-Executive Director in the board of Affle (India) Limited (BSE: 542752 & NSE: AFFLE). She has extensive experience in mobile, internet and social media, with a proven track record of success in developing profitable business from scratch in international markets. Her deep knowledge of the digital industry has been forged working in different positions in the value chain, with multiple business models and across more than a dozen markets. Before becoming CEO at mediasmart, she held multiple executive positions such as VP of Marketing and Business Development for EMEA at Palm (acquired by HP), VP of Mobile for the social network Hi5 and Managing Director for Buongiorno USA (acquired by NTT DOCOMO). Noelia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Santiago de Compostela University (Spain) and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She is also a Fellow of Aspen Institute España.
VII Edition of the Tech & Society Program
Aspen Institute España and Fundación Telefónica launched the VII Edition of the Tech & Society Program. The VII edition will bring together leaders from all sectors of civil society to discuss the new technological challenges and their influence in areas as diverse as human relations, politics, education, culture, economics and medicine.
Tech & Society Program has become the main forum in Spain for reflection on the major issues raised by advances in digital technologies. The fifth edition will gather different leaders from all sectors of civil society to discuss the new technological challenges and their influence in areas as diverse as human relations, politics, education, culture, economics and medicine.
Leigh Hafrey, Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sandy Parakilas, Chief Strategy Officer for the Center for Humane Technology, who recently appeared in the Netflix documentary “The Social Media Dilemma”, Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, Beth Noveck, director of The Gov Lab and professor in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, and who led the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative, are some of the speakers who have participated as speakers through the Tech & Society Program throughout its different editions.
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