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Empires of the Mind: Information, Technology and the Geopolitics of Knowledge

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LSE SU Information Systems Society

Date: Thursday 3 December 2009
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  NAB 2.06, New Academic Building
Speaker: Chris Pallaris

 Chris Pallaris is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He is the Head of Strategy and Open Source Intelligence at the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) of the ETH Zurich.

As the world enters a new era of multipolarity, the study of geopolitics - of space and power - is back in vogue. For the most part, however, geopolitics remains wedded to traditional notions of military might, economic resources and territorial conquest. While these things matter, they constitute only part of picture. What role will information - the 21st century's most abundant resource - play in defining power and prosperity? How will the internet and other communications technologies shape our notion of geopolitical space? Who will contests these spaces? And how will knowledge - a byproduct of the bits and brains we take for granted - determine our notions of modernity, power and prosperity? This talk will examine these questions in the context of the informational and technological trends shaping the course and conduct of international affairs. It will also outline the skills and disciplines needed by LSE graduates eager to capitalize on these trends for professional purposes.

The event is open to LSE staff and students only with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Any queries, email koloskov@lse.ac.uk or phone 07814 941 007.

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