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Andrew Keen      

Technology Futurist; "TechCrunch Show" Host; Author; CNN Contributing Journalist

Andrew Keen is one of the world's best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of four books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, international hit The Internet Is Not The Answer, and his latest book How To Fix The Future.

Andrew is executive director of the Silicon Valley innovation salon FutureCast and an acclaimed public speaker around the world. He is the host of "Keen On" show, a popular TechCrunch chat show, and was named one of the "100 Most Connected Men" in 2015 by GQ magazine.

As a pioneering Silicon Valley-based Internet entrepreneur, Andrew founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet music company. As the CEO of Audiocafe.com, Andrew has himself been featured in many magazines including Esquire, Business 2.0 and Fast Company. Keen's writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines around the world including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist and Wired. He is the host of the "Keen On" show-the iconic TechCrunch chat show-writes a regular column for CNN, and appears regularly on television in Europe and North America.

Andrew was educated at London University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Modern History, at the University of Sarajevo where he was a British Council Scholar, and at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Master's degree in Political Science.

Speech Topics


The Impact of Social Media on Individual Liberty

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are dramatically changing the world. But what's the real impact of this revolution on individuals and society? Arguing that social media is dividing, diminishing and disorienting us, Andrew Keen reveals the real costs of living in an "always-on" world in which a society of digital narcissists are perpetually broadcasting ourselves to each other. These costs include, he argues, the loss of our precious right to privacy which we've built up over the last 200 years. A right which lies at the very foundation of modern individual freedom.

Does the Internet Benefit Creativity?

Andrew Keen examines the question of whether or not the Internet has been good for professional writers, musicians, film makers and journalists. Exploring the real "costs" of an economy in which online content is increasingly free, he argues that the 21st century creative industry (and process) will only survive if we reestablish the monetary value of content. Critically examining the new business models of Apple, Google, Spotify, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter and many other leading online businesses, Keen offers expert insight, practical encouragement, and some warnings to those of us who, for better or worse, are now selling our creative content on the Internet.

How Silicon Valley Has Changed—and Will Change—the World

In this presentation, Andrew Keen argues that Silicon Valley has changed the world more than any other place over the past 50 years. Working off of Joseph Schumpeter's notion of "creative destruction," he reveals the cultural foundations of Silicon Valley's obsession with innovation and its both creative and destructive impact on our economy. In particular, he examines the consequences of Silicon Valley's obsession with efficiency and the consequences of this on unemployment and our work lives. Neither a Luddite nor a techno-utopian, Keen offers a carefully calibrated and deeply historical take on where today's digital revolution might be taking us.

News


Andrew Keen: Fear Facebook and the social Web - CNET

In his new book, "Digital Vertigo," Keen argues that the profusion of sharing online is dividing, diminishing and disorienting humanity.

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