IGF-USA 2022 Session

Visions for the Digital Future – Enabling Emerging Technologies

Thursday, July 21

1:00 – 2:15 PM EDT

At the dawn of the commercial Internet a number of technologies (the Web, WiFi, broadband, smartphones) were combined to offer users exciting new services for entertainment, business, education, and government. Adoption of these new opportunities were spurred by exciting, specific visions promulgated by politicians, journalists, “Internet gurus”, and companies such as Apple and Microsoft. Today, there are even more technologies and potential applications but the future is less clear. How can we better explain how digital technologies will be applied in the next five or ten years–and what impact they will have on our daily lives? 

Nanjira Sambuli

Fellow, Technology and Int'l Affairs, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst and strategist interested in and working on understanding the unfolding, gendered impacts of ICT adoption on governance, diplomacy, media, entrepreneurship and culture. Nanjira is a Fellow in the Technology and International Affairs Program at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a Ford Global Fellow. She is also a co-Chair of Transform Health, and board member at The New Humanitarian, Development Gateway, and Digital Impact Alliance. Nanjira advises the Carnegie Council’s AI and Equality Initiative and the Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms. She is a member of the Gender Advisory Board at the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). She is also a Diplomacy Moderator at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA).

Sandy Pentland

Entrepreneurship Program Director, MIT Media Lab

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Professor Alex 'Sandy' Pentland directs MIT Connection Science, an MIT-wide initiative, and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and Forbes declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He is on the Board of the UN Foundations' Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, co-led the World Economic Forum discussion in Davos that led to the EU privacy regulation GDPR, and was one of the UN Secretary General's "Data Revolutionaries" helping to forge the transparency and accountability mechanisms in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy. Recent invited keynotes include annual meetings of OECD, G20, World Bank, and JP Morgan.

Amy Zalman

Founder, Prescient Strategy

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Amy is an internationally recognized futurist, educator and author who prepares government and business leaders to anticipate and create change. She brings to every stage and workshop years of experience as a trusted authority on the future of power, governance and society in the context of new technologies. As a Professor of Strategic Foresight at Georgetown University, she leads the cutting edge of teaching the next generation to shape the future.


Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan (CAMS)