Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
James Hamilton of Amazon Web Services talks about some of the innovations emerging in data center infrastructure and how the scale of the Web and the competition are pushing technology forward. Speed equals money and he describes how advances in power efficiency, server loading, and temperature management practice can speed up websites and make more more money for their owners.
Speed should be feature #1 on any website. Urs Holzle of Google lists some of the ways that individual websites and the Internet as a whole could be sped up. Google's effort range from advancing browser technology to hosting fast versions of public resources like DNS. They have also studied how websites could be sped up by updating key protocols like TCP. Every website could be sped up by 30-200% without changing any application code.
Dr. Moira Gunn sits down with author, Nicholas Carr, to discuss the weird, new, artificial world in which we now live, through the pages of his new book, The Shallows: What is the Internet Doing to Our Brains.
Ben Huh of the website I Can Has Cheezburger, speaks about the Internet as a global trend that allows people to share what they have on their minds. People use the Internet every day and never stop to think that this can be called a "cultural action". What would happen if absolutely everyone could be given a computer? How would the world and human culture change in this case?
Technology reporter Glenn Fleishman discusses a number of current networking and mobile issues. Beginning with an examination of a newly found hole in the 802.11 standard, he also discusses WiFi security issues and how both enterprises and the personal users are dealing with them. Glenn also reviews such topics as location data, the now legal ability to jailbreak the iPhone, and his objections to the DMCA.
Greg Wilkins, CTO of Webtide, the main developers of Jetty, discusses the ins and outs of so-called "long polling" or "server push" techniques and the technologies and projects that make them practical. Greg talks about the CometD project, websockets, and some of the problems these technologies solve. Just like AJAX before it, server push will open up new opportunities to create richer Web applications.
Tim O'Reilly describes the state of the internet operating system. As more services and data move from computers onto the internet, there are new opportunities to create value as well as new risks for lock-in. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook: which has the right strategy?
Beginning with a short history of his understanding the Internet, Jon Udell of Microsoft, and host of the Conversations Network's Interviews with Innovators, discusses the history of the Internet as a whole. This history is also framed within the context of context, and how cyberspace is shaping the world.
Journalists tell stories. In this Where 2.0 presentation, Matthew Ericson talks about how the New York Time's team of designers, cartographers, and developers worked as journalists to create interactive maps and charts that told stories about the 2008 presidential election.
Publishing is the main topic at hand in this lecture by Arianna Huffington, with subjects running from her online news source, the Huffington Post, to the emergence of writing as the new form of entertainment. Snippets of personal history, stories and ideas are also featured in this presentation, surrounding her central topic of the importance of self-expression.