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Always Learning: Tech conference gets under way

Statewide IT features keynotes with US policy makers on tech privacy, security, and the case for openness

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Hear from the leading minds in technology, cybersecurity and foreign policy during Indiana University’s 2013 Statewide IT Conference, taking place October 28-30 on the Bloomington campus. The conference kicks off Monday, October 28, with a number of pre-conference activities that include UITS IT training workshops, speed networking with the IU Women in IT, and the Moira Gunn lecture for the launch of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.

On Tuesday, October 29, the conference will present an expert panel on security and privacy featuring former US Congressman Lee Hamilton and IU professors Fred Cate and Raquel Hill. This will be followed by a keynote address by Aneesh Chopra, the United States' first Chief Technology Officer, appointed by US President Barack Obama. IU Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Brad Wheeler will round out the conference with a keynote  address of  "Always Learning" at the closing luncheon.

IU’s annual gathering of IT professionals attracts attendees from all over the state to learn about new technologies and initiatives, and plan for the future.

Here are more details about the events:

EXPERT PANEL: "Security and privacy in a cyberwar world: A conversation about Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the outlook for reform"

WHEN: 9-10am, Tuesday, October 29

WHERE: Indiana University Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-5501

FEATURING: Lee Hamilton, director, Center on Congress at IU, and former US Congressman; Fred Cate, director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; and Raquel Hill, associate professor, IU School of Informatics and Computing

The panelists will participate in a moderated discussion about privacy issues facing our nation and world, including:

  • The outlook for reform on the NSA programs
  • The focus for practical reform
  • Steps to make improvements without legislation
  • The outlook for privacy and civil liberties
  • Concerns about the government’s accumulation of surveillance powers

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Aneesh Chopra, senior advisor of technology strategy, The Advisory Board Company, and former US Chief Technology Officer, "The promise of open innovation: Unlocking growth through collaboration"

WHEN: 10:30am-noon, Tuesday, October 29

WHERE: Indiana University Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-5501

On President Obama’s first day in office, he directed Aneesh Chopra -- the United States’ first Chief Technology Officer -- to develop a more open and transparent government. This task would require him to help usher in a new era of collaboration with the private sector in hopes of addressing the nation’s most urgent priorities: creating jobs, reducing health care costs, and keeping the nation secure.

Chopra will share his insights on the importance of open innovation in three key growth markets:

  • Education, as colleges and universities personalize learning through education technology
  • Health care, as it shifts towards value-based payment
  • Energy, as it harnesses a smarter electrical grid

These events are free and open to the public. Reporters are welcome to cover them. An audio feed and camera positions will be accessible.

IU will broadcast the live event to Indianapolis television stations via the IU Video-Link.

All members of the IU community and the general public are invited to view the event via live stream broadcasting: After the event, archived video will be available online: