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May 3, 2004
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU series focuses on electronic information
and its challenges

YPSILANTI - How digital information has drastically changed the way society handles information will be examined by Eastern Michigan University's 23 rd Annual Spring Lecture Series "The Digital Revolution: The Impact of Electronic Information on Society."  

Hosted by EMU and Lawrence Technological University, the weekly series will be offered every Wednesday, May 12 - June 23, 7-10 p.m. at the Eagle Crest Conference Center. The public is invited to the free discussions.

"The ever-increasing dominance of digitized information in today's society is both exciting and daunting at the same time," said Morrell Boone, professor of EMU's interdisciplinary technology, and team leader of the series. "All of the sessions have a different flavor."

The series will kick off with an overview of how the Government Printing Office switched from a print to digital format.

Also addressed at various sessions will be how to make informed decisions about the use of new technologies; cybersecurity and the threat of terrorism to personal privacy; challenges faced by businesses with electronic documents; the effect of intellectual property laws on copywrite laws; local governments use of digital information for city planning; and the impact of anti-terror laws, such as the USA Patriot Act, on civil liberties.

The schedule:

  • May 12 : " Paperless Federal Government: The Move From Paper to Electronic Information ," presented by Judith C. Russell, superintendent of documents, U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • May 19 : " From Concept to Production: Leveraging New Technologies , " discussed by Jamie C. Hsu, executive director, GM Technology Management.
  • May 26 : " Our National Cybersecurity Challenge: Hype to Hope ," addressed by John McCumber, strategic program manager -federal, Symantec Corporation.
  • June 2 : " Business Intelligence/Knowledge Management in an Electronic World, " presented by Leslie Banach, business development manager, IBM2 Content Management Alliance Development.
  • June 9 :   " Intellectual Property in the Digital Age ," discussed by Michael Huget, lawyer and chair of the intellectual property practice group Butzel Long.
  • June 16 : " Economic Development and the Digital Revolution ," addressed by David Schreiber, supervisor, Business Development Services-Oakland County and Susan Lackey, president, Washtenaw County Development Council.
  • June 23 : " Data Communication and Privacy after 9/11 ," discussed by Kevin Bankston, lawyer, Equal Justice Works, Electronic Frontier Foundation.

For more information, contact Morrell Boone at 734.487.1161.


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