Wednesdays, July 10 - August 21, 2013
9 a.m. - noon
Once again, CATV recorded the ILEAD Summer Lecture Series. You can order a copy of any installment of this year's series by contacting them at (802) 295-6688, or you can download a copy of the order form here.
Once every 500 years or more, an event occurs of great consequence. From that moment on, our world changes forever. The Digital Revolution fits that description and is far more than a simple generational change. For many, our children were totally impacted by it. Their children know of nothing else.
The game-changing force has already impacted the speed of life; reshaped whole industries, while wiping away others, before even achieving full speed. Like many such all-powerful phenomena however, it carries huge benefit and promise, as well as threats both large and small.
On-line commerce benefits smart consumers, while concurrently attacking multiple brick-and-mortar industries and bringing untold changes to Main Streets nationwide. Impressive medical, geographic, and educational advances are already powered by ever newer digital technologies - - but not without new challenges to personal privacy, identity theft, and constitutional rights.
At the same time, digital threats abound. Hackers, well-intentioned and not, represent major security concerns for individual and national assets, filling cyberspace with bugs, worms, and viruses. Enemies and friends alike launch regular cyber-attacks on our national electricity grids, military installations, and research facilities. We do the same, while still defending our own.
This series is not targeted at seasoned techies or digital sophisticates. Rather, it is a commonsense exploration into this phenomenon which has already changed so much, and will continue to have even greater impacts on everything we do, see, feel, and communicate.
As we all read the daily papers, listen to NPR or watch and television, it's obvious that happenings in cyberspace have taken over the headlines these last several weeks, with stories of Drones, Cyber-attacks on our key facilities, and trebling the budget for Cyber defense within the Homeland Security Department. We will be covering all of these subjects in detail this summer. Stay tuned for more.
Bruce Macdonald, ILEAD Summer Lecture Series
Last Updated: 9/5/13