Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators

The Future of Democracy in the Digital Age

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February 15, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 PST

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Barack Obama recently said, “I think [new malevolent information] is the single greatest threat to our democracy.”

Our next Decoding the Past conversation examines the future of democracy amid the rise of information pollution, digital manipulation and misinformation in a free society.

Please join former Wall Street Journal chief writer on Silicon Valley, Gregg Pascal Zachary, and author of Digital Manipulation and the Future of Electoral Democracy in the U.S. in conversation with Karen Wickre, author and long-time observer of corporate culture and the internet, as they discuss our current world and the hope for a more secure future.

Learn more about G. Pascal Zachary and Karen Wickre on our BLOG

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Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators

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Serious Fun: Representation and Popularity In Early PC Gaming
October 26, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This session, Serious Fun: Representation and Popularity in Early PC Gaming, is an opportunity to join a conversation with Benj Edwards, tech historian, veteran technology journalist, and current AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. As a journalist, Edwards broke stories about the importance of software preservation, early video game history, the first computer art, minority and female tech pioneers, and online service archeology. A collector of vintage computers and video games, Edwards shares his expertise on his blog Vintage Computing and Gaming (VC&G) and is a regular contributor to the Retronauts podcast.

Harry McCracken, technology journalist and current editor for Fast Company, will moderate the conversation.

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April 19, 2022 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Roots of Techno-Optimism

This session of Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators is an opportunity to join a conversation with Harry McCracken, veteran technology journalist and current editor for Fast Company. A self-proclaimed techno-optimist, McCracken has spent the last three decades writing about how technology and personal computing affects peoples’ lives, serving as editor at large for Time magazine, editor of PC World, and founder and editor of Technologizer.

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February 10, 2022 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Full STEAM Ahead: Inclusion Across Generations

This session of Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators is an opportunity to join a conversation with Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and renowned computer scientist and scholar, known for her advocacy of women in STEM fields.

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September 21, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators

This session is an opportunity to join a conversation with Walt Mossberg, renowned journalist and principal technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal from 1991 through 2013. Karen Wickre, veteran connector, editor, and communicator based out of Silicon Valley, will moderate the conversation.

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February 16, 2021 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators

This session, PC Software Innovation for Education and Business, is an opportunity to join a conversation with Adele Goldberg, who co-developed the programming language Smalltalk-80 as principal scientist and laboratory manager at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Karen Wickre, veteran connector, editor, and communicator based out of Silicon Valley, will moderate the conversation.

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December 9, 2020 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators

This event is an opportunity to join a conversation with Ken Wasch, founder and CEO of the Software and Information Industry Association, and Dan Bricklin, inventor of VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet.

Watch Dan Bricklin’s TED.com talk Here


September 30, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Decoding the Past: Conversations with PC Innovators

Join us for a conversation with Jack Nilles, internationally known as the father of telecommuting and teleworking, Len Jesup, President of CGU, and Lorne Olfman, Professor and Director of CISAT.

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