Keynote Speakers

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners LeeTim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He founded and Directs the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the forum for technical development of the Web. He founded the Web Foundation whose mission is that the WWW serves Humanity, and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. His research group at MIT's Computer Science and AI Lab ("CSAIL") plans to re-decentralize the Web. Tim spends a lot of time fighting for rights such as privacy, freedom and openness of the Web.

He is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ( CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.

Peter Norvig | Director of Research, Google
The Semantic Web and the Semantics of the Web: Where Does Meaning Come From?

peter norvigWe would like to understand the meaning of content on the web. But where should that meaning come from? From markup language created by the authors of the content? Crowdsourced from readers of the content? Automatically extracted by machine learning algorithms? This talk investigates the possibilities.

Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc. Previously he was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He was co-teacher of an Artifical Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. His publications include the books Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp, Verbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Mary Ellen Zurko | Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems
La Sécurité Ouverte - How we doing so far?

mary ellen zurkoOpen has meant a lot of things in the web thus far.  The openness of the web has had profound implications for web security, from the beginning through to today. Each time the underlying web technology changes, we do a reset on the security it provides.  Patterns and differences emerge in each round of security responses and challenges. What has that brought us as web users, technologists, researchers, and as a global community? What can we expect going forward? And what should we work towards as web technologists and caretakers?

Mary Ellen Zurko (Mez) is a member of the Office of the CTO, Security Business Group, at Cisco Systems, and a Principal Engineer on the Next Generation Firewall team there. Mez is a seminal member of the National Academies of Sciences Forum on Cyber Resilience. She was security architect of one of IBM's earliest clouds; SaaS for business collaboration. She defined the field of User-Centered Security in 1996. As a senior research fellow at the Open Group Research Institute, she led several innovative security initiatives in authorization policies, languages, and mechanisms that incorporate user-centered design elements. She started her security career at DEC working on a high assurance A1 Virtual Machine Monitor. She has written on security and the web, public key infrastructures, distributed authorization,  active content security, and user-centered security. She is a contributor to the O'Reilly book "Security and Usability: Designing Secure Systems that People Can Use." She is on the steering committees of New Security Paradigms Workshop and Symposium on Useable Privacy and Security. Mez received S.B and S.M. degrees in computer science from MIT.

Baroness Martha-Lane Fox | Chancellor of the Open University
Founder and executive chair of
Dot everyone – power, the internet and you

martha lane fox Martha Lane Fox co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website with Brent Hoberman in 1998, they took it public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.

Martha was appointed a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in March 2013. Martha is currently founder and executive chair of  Doteveryone is the first institute dedicated to making Britain brilliant in the networked age. Initially, it is focusing on three key areas – women and technology, digital leadership and building prototypes for public organisations. She is also chair of Go On UK, a coalition of public and private sector partners that are helping millions more people and organisations online. In March 2014 she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha co- founded and chairs LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. She chairs MakieLab. She is a Non-Executive Director at Marks & Spencer and the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

In 2015 Martha joined the board of the Creative Industries Federation and the Open Data Institute. In 2007 Martha founded her own charitable foundation and also serves as a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law. In 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE.

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