UCLA Faculty Center
Thursday September 24, 2009, 6:30 PM
$25 dinner/$30 with dessert
RSVP to bennettramberg@aol.com by September 23, 11am

Drawing on ten years of data and insights from a worldwide project in 30 countries, Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School, will separate myth from reality as he describes how the Internet, mobile and broadband are changing the fabric of daily life in the US and globally. The presentation will examine the trends and developments that are likely to occur in the next two to three years.

Jeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology issues in both the United States and internationally for the past 25 years. An expert in the field of technology and emerging media, Cole serves as an adviser to governments and leading companies around in the world as they craft digital strategies. In July 2004 Dr. Cole joined the USC Annenberg School for Communication as Director of the newly formed Center for the Digital Future and as a Research Professor. The Center is a research and policy institute committed to work that has a real and beneficial effect on people’s lives, while seeking to maximize the positive potential of the mass media and our rapidly evolving communication technologies. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Cole was a longtime member of the UCLA faculty and served as Director of the UCLA Center for Communication Policy, based in the Anderson Graduate School of Management. At UCLA and now at USC Annenberg, Cole founded and directs the World Internet Project, a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology, which is conducted in over 25 countries. At the announcement of the project in June 1999, Vice President Al Gore praised Cole as a “true visionary providing the public with information on how to understand the impact of media.” Seven years into the project, The World Internet project, through its unique data on Internet users around the world, is the leading international project examining the ways in which our social, economic and media lives are changing. Cole regularly presents trends and insights of the project to the White House, FCC, Congress, Department of Defense and to governments around the world. On the corporate side, Cole advises Microsoft, WPP (Group M), Ericsson, Bertelsmann, Sony, Time-Warner, Accenture, Coca-Cola, AT&T, AARP and others in their traditional and digital media strategies. He has worked with both the Clinton and George W. Bush White House on media and telecommunications issues, including detailed briefings on the Center’s work. He regularly makes presentations across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

The Global Security Seminar: Monthly Dinner Seminars for Professionals at the UCLA Faculty Center on International Politics and National Public Policy. The Global Security Seminar is sponsored by the Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder and Jack and Valerie Melmed and an anonymous donor.

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