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November 17, 2011 - 12:00am

SIEPR Policy Forum on Social Media and the Economy

SIEPR Policy Forum on Social Media and the Economy

The spectacular rise of Facebook and Twitter, and the entrepreneurial burst of companies building on their success, make social media one of the bright spots of the economy. On Friday, November 18 SIEPR hosted industry leaders, policy makers, and researchers in a discussion of how social media is changing business, raising policy debates, and creating huge amounts of valuable data.  

On the previous afternoon, we kick off with presentations by Stanford student teams using appropriate mobile and social technology to spur African economic development.  

SIEPR Policy Forums are open to the Stanford community and invited guests - join us for a fascinating discussion of social media and the economy.

SIEPR Gunn Building
Koret-Taube Conference Center
366 Galvez St.
Stanford University

November 17, 2011

4:30pm to 6:00pm
Session 1
Information Tools for Reducing Poverty
Presenter(s) : 

The Design School at Stanford is well known for designing extremely affordable new product solutions.  Four teams  will present their new information technology designs and mobile systems to help solve problems in the slums of Kibera, Kenya.  Co-sponsored with the Program for Liberation Technology, Stanford Computer Science, and the

November 18, 2011

10:00am to 10:25am
Session 2
Opening Address
Presenter(s) : 

United States Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon), "Digital Privacy and Public Policy," (live from Capitol Hill)

10:25am to 12:15pm
Session 3
Social Media Impacts and Opportunities
Presenter(s) : 
  • Stephan Zimmermann, McKinsey & Co., "Social Media Opportunities"
  • Eric Rasmussen, Vice President, Groupon, "Building a Social Business"
  • Professor Avner Greif, Stanford, "Markets and Ideas"
  • Professor Il-Horn Hann, Univ. of Maryland, "Measuring Facebook's Spinoffs & Economic Impact"
1:00pm to 1:30pm
Session 4
Lunchtime Address
Presenter(s) : 

Elliot Schrage, Senior Vice President, Facebook

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Session 5
The Power of Social Data
Presenter(s) : 
  • Michael Fleischman, Co-founder & President, Bluefin Labs, "The Power of Social Media in TV: Closing the Audience Feedback Loop"
  • Professors Donna Hoffman & Tom Novak, Univ. of California, "Beyond Facebook: Friendly Devices"
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Session 6
Closing Address
Presenter(s) : 

Michael Hammer, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, "Social Media, Social Movements, and eDiplomacy"