Networked Society Symposium 2016

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Melbourne School of Design
University of Melbourne


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The Networked Society Symposium showcases the breadth of research occurring at the Melbourne Networked Society Institute. It provides an opportunity to connect, engage and debate the matters essential to the networked society. The symposium also provides an opportunity to network with researchers, industry, policy makers and the community.

The day will include keynote speakers, panel discussions with thought leaders, plus a variety of presentations focused on the issues, solutions, and future of the networked society. There will also be plenty of catered breaks with time for you to network with others and share ideas.

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9:00am Registration
9:30am Welcome - Thas Nirmalathas, Director of Melbourne Networked Society Institute

Keynote - William H. Dutton, Director Quello Centre, Michigan State university

Power Shifts in the Networked Society: The Rise of Fifth Estate
Prof Dutton will focus on the use of the Internet and related technologies in shaping an emerging Fifth Estate, composed of networked individuals able to use the Internet strategically to hold institutions, and other estates and of the Internet realm more accountable.

10:45am Morning Tea

Convenience vs. Privacy: the consumer’s dilemma in a networked society

This panel explores how the emergence of the Internet of Things, 3D printing, and the sharing economy are changing the relationship between consumers and markets. Hear from the MNSI research projects working to understand and map these fluid new landscapes of the networked society.

Digital band aids: how technology is good for your health

You may think VR is a platform for entertainment, but it is also making epic changes to therapeutic practices. In this session three projects will explore how new technologies and the networked society is changing healthcare.


Breaking tradition: how new technology is transforming everything

Three MNSI projects are attempting to change industries and practices with digital innovation. Speakers will discuss the role of technology in the transformation and shaping of the networked society.

Creating an e-galitarian community in the Digital Age 

The internet is often heralded as a democratic platform where everyone can have a voice. However, there are challenges and scepticism surrounding this idea. Find out how three MNSI projects are making the networked society inclusive.

2:30pm Afternoon Break

Panel - The Value of Data in the Networked Society
The Networked Society Symposium concludes with a panel discussion chaired by Institute Director, Thas Nirmalathas, examining the value and role of data within the networked society.

Jodie McVernon, Chair of Data Systems and Society Research Network

Frank Vetere, Director SocialNUI

Kwanghui Lim, Innovation Fellow at Melbourne Networked Society Institute

Victoria Palmer, Applied Ethics Fellow at Melbourne Networked Society Institute

Lars Coenen, Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy at Lund University, Sweden

4:00pm Networking Drinks
4:30pm Close

We would also like to thank the sponsorship of AARNet and Ciena for their support towards the Networked Society Symposium.