Join Palantir’s CEO Michael Lopp to explore the concept of Big Data and why it matters to you; the privacy, civil liberties, and security concerns raised by the next wave of Internet technologies; and what’s behind the uniquely creative culture of Silicon Valley."
Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Policy and Public Programs and relations with international partners. The Institute’s policy programs focus on important domestic and international issues and improve decision-making by providing neutral venues, nonpartisan analysis, and candid dialogue among leaders. The Institute’s public programs—including the Aspen Ideas Festival—open the Institute’s doors to a broader audience. The Institute also has international partners in France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Prague, Romania, and Spain. Gerson is the American secretary of the Rhodes Trust and manages the US Rhodes Scholarships. Previously, Gerson was a US Supreme Court clerk, practiced law, held executive positions in state and federal government and on a presidential campaign, and was president of leading insurance and health care companies.
Michael Lopp is a director at Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley software company dedicated to radicalizing the way the world interacts with data. Before joining Palantir, Lopp was part of the senior leadership team at Apple for nine years where he led essential parts of the Mac OS X engineering team, and subsequently managed the engineering team responsible for Apple's Online Store. Prior to Apple, he worked in engineering leadership at notable Silicon Valley companies such as Netscape, Symantecand Borland. Lopp is a noted author in Silicon Valley where his blog “rands in repose” and books Managing Humans and Being Geek, on engineering management, are canon.