Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen to discuss their vision for the future

The Sheldonian Theatre
May 2013

Five billion people are expected to come online over the next decade. How will this new digital age transform our future? Who will be more powerful, the citizen or the state? Will technology make terrorism easier or harder to carry out? What is the balance in accepting sacrifices of personal privacy to ensure public security?

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas explore these questions in their new book, 'The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of Peoples, Nations and Business'. With their combined knowledge and experiences, they take on some of the toughest challenges raised through the proliferation of digital technologies and hyperconnectivity in the 21st century. 

Join Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, as she meets with these two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs and invites them to give their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future.

Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley’s great leaders, having taken Google from a small startup to one of the world’s most influential companies. He is a member of the Blavatnik School’s International Advisory Board. Jared Cohen is the director of Google Ideas and a former adviser to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

The conversation takes place on 21 May, in Oxford’s historic Sheldonian Theatre. Seats are first-come, first-served.