A Free Digital Society, a Quello Lecture by Richard Stallman @ CAS 145
Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A Free Digital Society

Quello Lecture by Dr Richard Stallman


There are many threats to freedom in the digital society. They include massive surveillance, censorship, digital handcuffs, nonfree software that controls users, and the War on Sharing. Other threats come from use of web services. Finally, we have no positive right to do anything in the Internet; every activity is precarious, and can continue only as long as companies are willing to cooperate with it.

Biographical Sketch

Richard Stallman

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

A flyer for this event is here: RMS

Maja Andjelkovic on Building Ecosystems for Digital Entrepreneurship @ Quello Meeting Room, CAS 406
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Assessment Methodologies and Policy Dilemmas

Sound research takes time and money, neither of which are plentiful in policy-making circles. How can we improve methodologies used to formulate advice to policy-makers to better support technology entrepreneurs, within narrow time and resource constraints? Please join us for a discussion and presentation by Maja Andjelkovic, OII DPhil and Digital Entrepreneurship Lead, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group.

Dr. Maja Andjelkovic, World Bank

Maja Andjelkovic is Digital Entrepreneurship Program lead with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship team in the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice. She supports start-up founders on their path “from mind to market,” through incubation, acceleration, mentorship, networking, and early-stage funding. She is interested in the potential of entrepreneurship to contribute to environmental, economic, and social progress, and has spent over 15 years working at the intersection of these fields. Her experience includes being a product manager in a web-technology start-up, lead internet governance researcher at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and counselor for Canada for the World Bank Group. She holds an interdisciplinary doctorate from the University of Oxford with a focus on entrepreneurship ecosystems; an LLM from the University of Kent, U.K., with a focus on Internet governance; and a B.Com from Queen’s University, Canada.

Connected Lives, a Quello Lecture by Barry Wellman @ Deeb Room, CAS 199
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Connected Lives: From Little Boxes to Networked Individualism

Professor Barry Wellman has been one of the pioneers of social network analysis. He taught at the University of Toronto for 47 years and is now the Co-Director of the NetLab Network of researchers, where he collaborates with MSU`s Keith Hampton among others. Wellman coined the term ‘networked individualism’ to describe the ways in which the Internet and related social media are reconfiguring our social networks and organizations. Professor Wellman will provide an overview of this research on the social dynamics of the Internet, past and present. One of his latest books is with Lee Rainie, of the PEW Research Center, and is entitled, Networked: The New Social Operating System (MIT Press).


Barry Wellman has directed NetLab at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. He is the founder of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.