Keynote Speakers

Opening Plenary: Yochai Benkler
Monday, February 13

Yochai's keynote slides

Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Since the 1990s he has played a part in characterizing the role of information commons and decentralized collaboration to innovation, information production, and freedom in the networked economy and society. His books include The Wealth of Networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom (Yale University Press 2006), which won academic awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the McGannon award for social and ethical relevance in communications. His work is socially engaged, winning him the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award for 2007, Public Knowledge's IP3 Award in 2006, and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011. It is also anchored in the realities of markets, having been cited as "perhaps the best work yet about the fast moving, enthusiast-driven Internet" by the Financial Times and named best business book about the future in 2006 by Strategy and Business. Benkler has produced reports or served in an advisory capacity for a range of communications and intellectual property regulators and policy makers at the national and international levels. His work can be freely accessed at

ACM Athena Award Lecture: Judith Olson
Tuesday, Febuary 14

Judith's keynote slides

Judith Olson is the Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences in the Informatics Department at the UC Irvine, with courtesy appointments in the School of Social Ecology and the Merage School of Business. For 20 years, her research has focused on distributed teams, summaries of which are found in her most cited paper, "Distance Matters," (Olson & Olson, 2000), in her key theoretical contribution in the book Scientific Collaboration on the Internet, and her upcoming book, Working Together Apart. She has studied distributed teams both in the field and in the laboratory, finding the myriad of communication hurdles distributed teams have, the consequent underutilization of remote team members skills and the reduction in trust. Her current work includes studying two of the most difficult aspects of long distance collaboration: Crossing cultures and having no overlap in workdays. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, was in the first class of inductees in CHI's Academy, with her husband and colleague, Gary Olson, holds the Lifetime Achievement award from SIGCHI, and in 2011 was awarded the ACM Athena Award, which translates to "woman of the year in computing."

Closing Plenary: Marietta Baba
Wednesday, February 15

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Marietta's keynote slides

Marietta L. Baba is Dean of the College of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology, and Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations, at Michigan State University. Previously, Dr. Baba was Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, and founding director of the Business and Industrial Anthropology program at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. From 1994-1996, Dr. Baba was Program Director of the National Science Foundation's industry-funded research program Transformations to Quality Organizations (now Innovation and Organizational Change). Dr. Baba is the author of more than 75 scholarly and technical publications in the fields of organizational culture, technological change, and evolutionary processes. In 1998, she was appointed to serve on Motorola's global advisory Board of Anthropologists, the first of its kind in the U.S. Dr. Baba was a founding member and past president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA, 1986-1988), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). She served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the AAA (1986-88). In addition, she was appointed Advisory Editor for Organizational Anthropology for the American Anthropologist (1990-1993). Currently, she is a member of the Editorial Board of the new Journal of Business Anthropology. In 2008, Dr. Baba was honored with the Conrad Arensberg Award for her contributions to the anthropology of work by the Society for the Anthropology of Work, a section of the American Anthropological Association.