Selected Speeches

Texts “written to be read” are listed here.  Other writings are listed in other sections.

Commencement Address: “What Is the Meaning of Life?” Reed College, Portland, Oregon, May 17, 2010.  Video: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

About WatchKnow, DOT USA Delta Technology Summit, Greenville, Mississippi, May 19, 2010.  Keynote.

“The Future of the Humanities after the Internet,” Reed College Alumni College, Portland, Oregon, June 4, 2009.

“On the Purposes of the Internet,” The International Symposium on Computer Systems and Information Technology (SISCTI) 34, Monterey, Mexico, February 28, 2009.

“Should Science Communication Be Collaborative?” International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers, “Forward from Forty: STM in its Fifth Decade,” Frankfurt, Germany, October 14, 2008.  Keynote.

“A New Vision for Online Knowledge Communities: Collaborative Governance,” Gartner (formerly Gartner Group) Summit, “Portals, Content and Collaboration,” Los Angeles, September 17, 2008.  Keynote.

Speech: “A Defense of the Citizendium,” Cognitive Science Institute: Minds and Societies, University of Montreal, July 5, 2008.

Panel discussions at the Louvre Conference, French-American Council of Entrepreneurs, The Louvre, Paris, France, June 27-8, 2008.

Should Science Communication Be Collaborative?“  PCST-10 (10th conference of the International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology), Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden, June 25, 2008.  Plenary address.

Informal presentation at the Social Computing Workshop, part of the Transliteracies Project, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 30, 2008.

“Is the Future of the Internet the Future of Knowledge?”  Debate with Andrew Keen, co-sponsored by the Oxford Internet Institute and the Weidenfeld Institute for Strategic Dialogue, May 27, 2008.  Video available.

A Defense of Modest Real Names Requirements,” the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 13th Annual Symposium: Altered Identities, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 13, 2008.  Invited lunchtime speech.

“The New Politics of Knowledge,” Best Practices Conference 2008, College of Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Feb. 8, 2008.  Keynote with Marshall Poe.  (Casually summarized and discussed some earlier remarks.)

Citizendium: A New Vision for Online Knowledge Communities,” Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Feb. 7, 2008.  Part of a College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series.

How the Internet Is Changing What We (Think We) Know,” Upper Arlington Public Library, Upper Arlington, Ohio, January 23, 2008.  A speech for “the locals.”

The New Politics of Knowledge,” Jefferson Society, University of Virginia, November 9, 2007.  Same as the IEA talk, but different from the blog entry of the same name.  Listen here (audience of mostly University of Virginia students).

The New Politics of Knowledge,” Institute of European Affairs, Dublin, Ireland, September 28, 2007.  Inaugural talk for the IEA’s “Our Digital Futures” program.  Listen here (audience of Irish policy wonks).

“How and Why to Use Wikis for Knowledge Management,” HP, online talk (168 participants), June 27, 2007.

“How to make a Web 2.0 community work,” MSN conference, Redmond, Washington, June 21, 2007.  Keynote.

What should we do about Internet ‘cruft’?  Toward knowledge-rich websites,” Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges Annual Meeting, “Communicate, Collaborate, Innovate,” Reed College, Portland, Oregon, June 13, 2007.  Keynote.

What Strong Collaboration Means for Scholarly Publishing,” Society for Scholarly Publishing, Annual Meeting, “Imagining the Future: Scholarly Communication 2.0,” San Francisco, California, June 7, 2007.  Keynote.

“The Citizendium: A Progress Report,” National Institutes of Health Wiki Fair, Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 28, 2007.  Keynote.

How Nonprofits Can Grow Their Own Collaborative Communities,” Kintera User Conference, San Diego, California, Feb. 7, 2007.  Keynote.

How to Think about Strong Collaboration among Professionals,” Handelsblatt IT Congress, Bonn, Germany, Jan. 30, 2007.  Keynote.

Why Make Room for Experts in Web 2.0?” SDForum, The Business of New Media, San Diego, CA, Oct. 25, 2006.  Keynote.  Here’s a video of the last minute of the talk plus the Q&A.

“How and Why to Do Web 2.0,” Outsell’s Go! Conference, Leesburg, VA, Sept. 18, 2006.  Invited presentation.  Here’s the content of the powerpoint slides.

Toward a New Compendium of Knowledge” (link is to the short version, which was read), Wizards of OS 4, Berlin, Germany, Sept. 14-16, 2006.  Invited presentation.  Elektrischer Reporter 05 contains some snippets from the talk as well as an interview with me (English with German subtitles).

“The Future of Free Information,” Purdue University lecture, March 28, 2006.  Invited presentation.  Revised text linked above.

“The Future of Free Information,” Macau Ricci Institute Symposium 2005, Macau, China, Dec. 1-3, 2005.  Invited presentation.  Revised text linked above.

“How Can Government Agencies Make Use of Wikis?” Fifth Annual Web Enabled Government Conference, E-Gov Institute, Washington, D.C., June 1-2, 2005.  Invited presentation.  For a write-up, see “Wiki advocate sees government uses

Wikipedia and why it matters,” Stanford University Computer Systems Laboratory EE380 Colloquium.  Jan. 16, 2002.  Video here.  Invited presentation.  This was the first public presentation about Wikipedia by anyone, to my knowledge.

“Hume’s External World Skepticism in Context,” Hume Society Annual Meeting, Park City, Utah, July 25-29, 1995.