Imperial College, Queen's Gate, South Kensington
London, England SW7 2AZ

You are cordially invited to help shape the future of the Internet, and the UK Digital Economy

Thursday, July 24th, 2008 – Imperial College, Tanaka Business School

The EPSRC-funded Digital Economies Research Cluster, "Opportunities and Challenges in the Digital Economy: an Agenda for the Next-Generation Internet" announces an open forum to shape the direction of research into the digital economy in the UK.

This will be a national event which will bring together experts from across the UK in conversation with the general public. We welcome a broad range of views from everyone interested in the future of the Internet and the digital economy. The forum will feature an open panel discussion with cluster researchers and industry leaders, moderated by Gareth Mitchell (Digital Planet-BBC World Service). These discussions will contribute to setting the national funding council priorities for future research.

Topics will include:

* Next-generation Healthcare
* e-Government
* Digital Entrepreneurship
* The Mobile Economy
* Trust, Data and Security
* e-Society and the future of social networks

Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required. To register to attend, please head on over to Eventbrite:

To find out more of the details, please visit our blog:


9.00 Registration

9.30 Honorary Welcome - Sir Roy Anderson, Rector of Imperial College

9.45 Introduction - Prof. John Darlington, Imperial College Internet Centre

10.00 Keynote Address - John Varney, founder and CEO of Maximum Clarity and former CTO of the BBC

10.45 Coffee break

11.00 The Wealth of Networks Panel Discussion - Moderated by Gareth Mitchell, BBC Digital Planet

Panellists include Professor John Darlington of Imperial College, Dr. Gary Graham of Manchester Business School, Dan Appelquist of Vodafone, John Barr of The 451 Group, and John Hand of the EPSRC.

12.30 Lunch Interval

14.00 Breakout Discussion Sessions

* A time and a place: How can the Digital Economy provide Services for Intelligent Mobility Management
* Using digital technology to improve people’s health and the delivery of healthcare
* Internet economics markets
* Innovation and entrepreneurship

15.00 Coffee

15.15 Breakout Discussion Sessions

* Self-evolving Internet
* Service infrastructure enabling the Digital Economy
* Trust, data and security
* Identity management in the Next-generation Internet

16.15 Concluding remarks

17.00 Reception

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Added by Margaret G on July 16, 2008