Click here to listen to the IJ-8 opening address, presented on May 23 2011.

With over five billion cell phones in use, over 100 million smart phones sold per quarter (Q4 2010), 600 million Facebook users (Jan 2011), one billion Google search queries per day (Mar 2011) journalism is no longer a gatekeeper of mass communication and knowledge dissemination. As the impact of print and broadcast diminishes, gatekeeping is evaporating, and the business of journalism has joined the innovation economy.

Understanding innovation is becoming more important. The innovation ecosystems are ruling the futures of all people on the planet. Innovation is not only offering people improvements in their lives, it is also posing a number of threats to both individuals and societies. 

All people with an interest in the issue are welcome, journalists, communicators, academic researchers, innovation analysts, stakeholders in innovation ecosystems, and others. We are looking forward to a vibrant multi-stakeholder discussion!

David Nordfors
Executive Director
Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication

IJ-8 Conference Committee

Executive Committee:
Senior Advisors
 InJo Fellowship Coaches 2011

May 24: Håkan Eriksson, SVP & CTO Ericsson


The story of the modern Mobile Innovation Economy rests on the ubiquitous Internet, which is enabled by cellular networks. The convergence of cell phones, personal computers and the Internet is leading humanity into a new era of civilization. What are the current trends in mobile network technologies? What can we expect next? 

Håkan Eriksson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Ericsson, and the President of Ericsson Silicon Valley. He is the top technology strategist of Ericsson,  Ten years ago, Ericsson downsized by nearly fifty percent. In the crisis, Ericsson put its bet on mobile network equipment, reorganizing the company, spinning out a number of previous core products. The bet paid off. Ericsson is today the world's largest mobile telecommunications equipment vendor. 

May 24: World Economic Forum IJ-8 Workshop

Interactive Workshop Organized by the World Economic Forum and IJ-8.

Falling costs and exploding access to information and communications technologies are enabling new models for governance, businesses and social organisation – and journalism is no exception.

For 10 years, the Global IT Report from the World Economic Forum has provided data and thought leadership to guide policy-making and private-public dialogue around improving national competitiveness through access to technology. However, as IT becomes ubiquitous, it becomes less important to know the number of people who have access to it, and more valuable to know what people are doing with it. But this very ubiquity creates a unique challenge in how we can frame, capture and measure this transformation.
Derek O'Halloran,
World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum and SCIC invites you to take part in this interactive workshop, to discuss with the WEF what determines the future of IT and society. We will be discussing how IT influences journalism, and how journalism influences IT. We will be discussing the importance of considering IT, journalism and communication in the next generation of GITR. 

The session is headed by Derek O'Halloran, Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, who is responsible for the content development with their IT Industry Partnerships Community.