The Internet of People- Key Note Lecture by BEN HAMMERSLEY British Council Annual Lecture 2011 Wednesday 23rd March 2011 5.30pm- 8.15pm

The Internet of People

How the internet can unite people, bridge cultures, destroy our minds, bring a new enlightenment, and break the world as we know it.

Ben Hammersley is a journalist, broadcaster, photographer, and
technologist. Editor at Large of WIRED magazine. He is also a
freelance reporter for the BBC and previously worked as the first
Internet reporter for The Times (where he was shortlisted for one of
the British Press Awards), and as a reporter for The Guardian and
the UK arm of MSN.
During his early career, he specialised in technology journalism.
Hammersley reported from Iran and Afghanistan. After travelling
undercover to interview the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel
Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Hammersley moved toward war
correspondence and foreign reporting. He is credited with coining
the term "podcasting", in an article for The Guardian. It was later
the New Oxford American Dictionary word of the year for 2005.
Hammersley also built, and currently runs, the website for the
Serpentine Gallery in London.

Live streaming of the lecture on the night can be viewed online at

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Registration - refreshments
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Ben Hammersley lecture
7:30pm - 8:15pm - Panel discussion including Mark Nagurski, Michelle Gallen, Pearse Moore, Myra Hunt and Ben Hammersley.

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Panel members

Mark Nagurski
Mark Nagurski is Derry's Digital Champion, tasked with developing and promoting the digital content sectors in Derry and the North-West. A regular columnist, occasional blogger and frequent event organiser he's recently founded theShowcase conference series and has come over all retro as the publisher of a new magazine project for the creative industries, launching in March 2011.

Michelle Gallen
Michelle Gallen was born and raised in Northern Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she also holds an Mphil in Publishing Studies. Following an early career in publishing, Michelle has worked in the digital learning sector for the 11 years, which has included stints at the BBC and major commercial e-learning providers. Michelle has worked as a freelance e-learning consultant for the past five years, designing, developing and evaluating creative learning content for clients in both the public and private sector. She founded - an award-winning social network for learners, teachers and speakers of the endangered Irish language. She is co-founder of - a smartphone app that helps you discover useful strangers at events and conferences.

Pearse Moore
Pearse Moore is Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre in Derry. The Nerve Centre is considered one of the UK's most dynamic and innovative multimedia centres. During his time at the Nerve Centre, he has overseen several large multimedia projects and most recently established Magazine Studios which houses their Moving Image Archive, Creative Learning Centre and The Hub, a creative industries support centre. Pearse has also produced several short films for BBC, British Screen and UTV including the Academy Award nominated DANCE LEXIE DANCE (Live Action Drama) and BAFTA nominated animation The Crumblegiant. Pearse has sat on numerous boards including Moving on Music, NI Skills Panel for Film and TV, ACNI Lottery Committee and was a founding director of the NI Music Industry Commission.

Myra Hunt
Myra has been working in digital media since the mid 1990s. She was formally Head of New Media at the BBC World Service/Global News Division, where she ran their pan-platform multilingual news services. She has an MSc in E-Commerce and prior to working in new media worked in academia, market research and journalism. She is also a Non Executive Director in the NHS. Myra currently job shares as the British Council's Digital Director based in London.

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