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Tuesday, March 15 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Internets, How Do They Work?: Lessons from ROFLCon

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What do you learn when you get the entire internet together in one room? In this panel, the cofounders of ROFLCon (Tim Hwang, Diana Kimball, and Christina Xu) will share what they’ve learned from cramming the internet’s celebrities, content creators, and community organizers into the same space as their fans and the academics that study it all. We will give you the condensed, Cliff Notes version of what guests like moot, Mahir Cagri, Ben Huh, Tron Guy, and Autotune the News have revealed about the currents at work underneath the internet universe. Beyond merely sharing some moments and the usual pictures of funny cats, we’re also going to focus in a bit on the even more amusing backstage of putting something like this on. What have we learned? How are we thinking about events around internet culture now? And how/why did we get Leeroy Jenkins to do our conference security? This panel will also be taking a step back to grapple with some of the questions that have emerged as the most important in our dealings with the internet at ROFLCon: what happens when internet culture becomes big business? What counts as an “internet culture”? What are the ethics of operating in this evolving ecosystem?

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Tim Hwang

PartnerRobot Robot & HwangTim Hwang is a partner at Robot, Robot & Hwang, a San Francisco-based legal research and development firm specializing in the replacement of puny hoo-man lawyers with computers. He is also the co-founder of ROFLCon, a conference about web culture, memes... Read More →
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Diana Kimball

Co-founderROFLConDiana Kimball fell in love with the internet. In 2007, she started ROFLCon with Tim Hwang and Christina Xu and sent many, many emails to strangers. Fortunately, she received many in return. These days, she lives in San Francisco and works as a program manager on the... Read More →
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Diana Kimball

Special ProjectsExpert NoviceDiana is a longtime builder of local communities (including ROFLCon, techbookclub, and /mentoring—a distributed mentoring movement), she's fascinated by the challenge of keeping communities vibrant as they grow. She's currently a student at Harvard Business... Read More →
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Tim O'Reilly

Founder, CEOO'Reilly Media
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Christina Xu

ChancellorThe Institute On Higher Awesome StudiesChristina Xu grew up on the internet and is the founding director of the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies, the nonprofit wing of the Awesome Foundation. She also works at Breadpig, an uncorporation trying to make the world suck less... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Hilton, Salon F-G

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