Keynote Speaker/Opening General Session

Sunday, July 13 • 9-10:30 a.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Keen
sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
This session will be webcast live from San Antonio.
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Disrupting the Disrupters

Today, 25 years after the invention of the World Wide Web, the impact of the internet on the broader economy is profound. So what has been the impact of the web on traditional institutions like libraries, law firms, and publishers, and how can they adapt to the unavoidable realities of the 21st century networked economy? In both a historical and contemporary analysis of the digital revolution, Andrew Keen will present a vision of the future in which legal information professionals can survive and, indeed, flourish in our brave new internet world. It won’t be easy – particularly as machines become more and more adept at replacing the services delivered by 20th century experts like lawyers, publishers, and librarians. But the revolution is really only just beginning, and an increasingly automated and networked economy will inevitably continue to radically disrupt the traditional institutions and professions of the 20th century economy.

Andrew Keen is an internet entrepreneur who founded in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation internet company. He is currently the host of “Keen On,” the popular Techcrunch chat show, a columnist for CNN, and a regular commentator for many other newspapers, radio and television networks around the world. He is also an acclaimed speaker, regularly addressing the impact of digital technologies on 21st century business, education, and society.

He is the author of the international hit, THE CULT OF THE AMATEUR: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture, which has been published in 17 different languages, and DIGITAL VERTIGO: How Today’s Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us, his controversial critique of contemporary social media.

Read the Andrew Keen interview in AALL Spectrum here.
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