Detroit, New York, DC & London

Greetings from Detroit! I'm here to speak at Techonomy Detroit on Tuesday - first to explain why the Internet is not the answer, then to moderate a great panel about startups, cities and sustaining innovation. I'm speaking immediately before Jack Dorsey, so Tuesday should be really fun. I'll be in New York City later this week and then will be in DC on Saturday morning where I'm in conversation with New Republic editor-in-chief Franklin Foerr at the NAIBA conference about the good and the bad of Internet technology. Next week, I'm back in the Bay Area. And the week of September 28, I'm in London.

As always, it would be great to get together. Hope to see you somewhere this month.

Killer Fall FutureCast Line-up

The Ninjas are coming! Our next Palo Alto FutureCast, in the evening of Thursday September 11, features Gary Shapiro, the CEO & President of the Consumer Electronics Assocation and the author of the best-selling Ninja Innovation: 10 Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses. Gary and I will banter about how both big and small companies can best innovate in today's increasingly dynamic economy. As usual, the evening will be extremely interactive and fun, featuring the opinions of our amazing audience as well as demos of particularly innovative products. And, as usual, we'll kick off at the AT&T Foundry with cocktails from 5.30 to 6.30 and then the main event from 6.30 to around 7.45. It's not just the Ninjas that are coming to FutureCast this Fall. On October 9, we'll be holding an event at the AT&T Foundry in Atlanta, featuring a conversation with Larry Downes, the author of Big Bang Disruption and many other brilliant books about technology and business. Then on November 5, we'll be back at the Palo Alto Foundry, with the legendary Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google X and CEO of Udacity.

All FutureCast events are invitation only. So please let me know if you'd like to come on September 11 to discover the killer strategies of the world's most innovative companies.  And Gary has generously donated 50 copies of Ninja Innovation, which he will personally sign. So the first lucky 50 guests who show up at the Foundry that evening will also get free copies of this great book.

Hope to see you in a couple of weeks.


Sometimes one gets lucky. Last year, at Julia Hobsbawn's Names Not Numbers conference in the lovely little town of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast, I had the great fortune to meet the Atlantic Books CEO Toby Mundy. Over a long lunch on the seafront, Toby convinced me to write a book synthesizing all my ideas about the Internet. The book was originally entitled "Epic Fail". But having sold the American rights to Morgan Entrekin, the publisher of Grove Atlantic in New York, Morgan wisely convinced us to change its name to THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER. Toby is a great salesman. "It'll be easy," he promised me. "Just summarize everything you know about the Internet". But books, of course, are anything but easy and, even with Toby and Morgan's expert editorial guidance, THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER has taken me a year to write. But I'm thrilled to announce that it's now finished and will be published by Grove Atlantic in the United States in January and by Atlantic Books in the UK in February. A Random House German language edition will also be published in January. And there will be Italian and Chinese versions published early next year as well, I hope, as many other foreign editions.

Now comes the fun part. We'll have some uncorrected galleys of the book available later in August, and review copies available soon after. Between now and the end of the year, I'll be previewing its main ideas at a number of conferences - including WPP's Stream in Athens, the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Techonomy in Half Moon Bay and Business Insider's Ignition in New York City. Beginning in November, I'll also be available for interviews.

So please let me know if you are interested in getting a review copy of THE INTERNET IS NOT THE ANSWER, run some media about it or have me speak at your event. Having spent the last year silently writing the damn thing, I'm going to enjoy spending the next year making a lot of noise about it.

I'm off to Greece now for some fun. Enjoy your summer!

May update

We've really been having a blast with our FutureCast events. Our sold out CES bash featuring the CEOs of Ericsson & Qualcomm and AT&T's CTO was a huge success with several hundred people locked out and the audience filled with tech luminaries like FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. After that, Tiffany Shlain came to the Palo Alto Foundry to debut her new movie and do a FutureCast about the future of online creativity. Then we did an event at the Atlanta Foundry featuring Waze's Di-Ann Eisnor discussing the future of the automotive industry. And next Wednesday evening, May 7, we are back at the Palo Alto Foundry putting on a FutureCast event featuring Dan Eisenhardt, the CEO of Recon, to talk about the wearable technology revolution. The event will also feature demos from a number of interesting wearable companies including Zakis, Lumo and Indiegogo start-ups Game Golf and Atheer One. We've still got one or two tickets left. So please email me if you want to come.

If I don't see you next Wednesday, I hope to see you somewhere in May. I'm speaking at the FutureFlash ICA advertising industry event just north of Toronto on May 15. I'm keynoting the Wired conference in Milan on May 17. And i'll be in Paris on May 22 to talk about the impact of networked technology on the medical industry. So if you happen to be around, let's have a nice cup of tea.

Happy New Year!

Hope your 2013 was as good as mine. Highlights from last year for me were founding FutureCast and holding four really memorable events. The last two were particularly fun: one with Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick, discussing the uniqueness of Silicon Valley; another with the California's Lieutenant Governor, the incomparable Gavin Newsom. Here are my TechcrunchTV interviews I did with Kirkpatrick and Newsom at FutureCast; and here and here are the features that Techonomy ran about my conversation with Kirkpatrick. I'm hoping that 2014 will turn out to be as good as 2013. I'm currently in Las Vegas preparing to moderate a FutureCast style keynote at CES on Tuesday 7 January featuring the CEO's of Ericsson and Qualcomm and the CTO of AT&T. And in a couple of weeks, in the evening of January 21st, I'm producing an event about women and tech at the BloombergBETA offices in San Francisco.

Please let me know if you like to attend either of these events. At CES, we've got the first few rows reserved for VIPs. And the BloombergBETA event will feature a great panel of speakers including Nilofer Merchant, Vivek Wadhwa and Elizabeth Stark.

I hope see you somewhere fun in 2014.

Is the Internet for or against you?

It's a question that I've been thinking about a lot recently:  Is the Internet for or against you? It's a question that I'll be formally discussing on November 12th at David Kirkpatrick's Techonomy event in Tuscon, Arizona. And it's one that I'll be discussing later this month too: first at the Oxford Union, on November 22nd, when I'll be one of the people going "head to head" with my old frenemy, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, at an Al-Jazeera sponsored debate; and then on November 28th, in Milan, at the ICS event, when I'll be taking on digital guru Ben Hammersley. David Kirkpatrick has generously agreed to reverse the favor and headline our next FutureCast event on November 14th at the Palo Alto Foundry.  David and I will be talking about innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in a wide ranging discussion entitled "How Far is My Valley". The AT&T and Ericsson hosted event begins with drinks and dinner at the Foundry at 6.00 and then the interactive discussion at 7.00. Please email me if you'd like to added to the guest list. We've already got an impressive list of start-up entrepreneurs, investors and technologists signed up and it promises to be a really fun evening.

I'm also thrilled that Gavin Newsom, California's Lieutenant General and the author of Citizenville has agreed to speak at our final FutureCast of the year. On December 3, Gavin and I will discuss smart cities, smart politics and how digital technology can help us get to a smart future. If you want to be part of our smart audience for this lunchtime event, please let me know.

Hope to see some of you somewhere in November.

FutureCast update & October speaking tour in Europe

My FutureCast event, generously hosted by AT&T and Ericsson at the Palo Alto Foundry, continues to be a lot of fun. Our latest event featured the always stimulating and controversial Vivek Wadhwa, who had much to say about everything from the status of women in Silicon Valley to the death of the traditional office. Here are two video pieces that CNN just ran about this FutureCast: the first about women and technology; the second about the future of the office. Our next FutureCast, on Thursday November 14, features David Kirkpatrick, the author of The Facebook Effect and the founder of the excellent Techonomy conference, speaking about innovation in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. David may be joined by one or two surprise local guests. As usual, we begin FutureCast with drinks at the Foundry at 6.00 pm and then the interactive discussion at 7.00 pm. Please email me if you'd like to added to the guest list. The last events have been oversubscribed, so I can't guarantee a ticket. But I will do my best to get you in.

I hope to see some of my European friends this month. I'm in Pisa on Saturday to speak at the Italian Internet Festival. Then in Brussels next Thursday, October 17, to keynote the Safer Internet Forum. In Brussels, I'll also be presenting a white paper on intellectual property piracy that I just wrote for ICOMP. I'm in London the following weekend for the Battle of Ideas festival, where I'm speaking on three panels including one with fellow y-ddo David Aaronovitch about the death of privacy. Then I go to Zurich on October 22 for another Battle of Ideas conversation about privacy, this one also featuring Gerd Leonhard.

So I hope to see you either later this month in Europe or on November 14 at FutureCast.


Bohemian Rhapsody

Sorry about heading, but I couldn't resist. I was featured as the cover story in this week's edition of my local Sonoma newspaper, the North Bay Bohemian, which was especially fun because of the cover's vertiginous artwork. Other media highlights this month include being interviewed about YouTube on BBC's Culture Show and critiquing Silicon Valley transparency on the Kulturzeit, the German ZDF/3sat tv program.  Also check out my recent TechcrunchTV interviews with the smart economist Tyler Cowen and Internet Hall of Famer Brewster Kahle. I've been doing a lot of public speaking in the last few weeks too. I'm just back from a tour of Asia - having given speeches about digital disruption in Kuala Lumpur and at the Rappler/Google Big Data event in Manila . And i'm returning to Asia this coming week, keynoting the Singapore Fix Conference on Thursday, where I'll be talking about the impact of the digital revolution on the financial industry. Earlier this month, I also had the honor of being the featured speaker at the opening convocation at New Jersey's Rampapo College. All 900 students in Rampapo's freshman class read Digital Vertigo with one or two even agreeing with it.

I'll also be speaking at Creative Convergence Silicon Valley (C2SV) in San Jose on September 26 and then moderating a panel about wearable computing at the Glazed Conference in San Francisco on September 30. I hope to see some you somewhere in the next couple of weeks so that we can figure out if this is the real life or just fantasy.

Against fireside chats

I'm currently deep in the tropics of Washington DC, speaking tomorrow, June 4, at the modestly named World Creators Summit about how to immodestly monetize one's creativity in the digital age. This coming Thursday, June 6, I'm back in the chilly Bay Area, doing a "fireside chat" (how I hate that term) with David Helgason, CEO of United Technologies, at the Nordic Start-Up evening. Then, next week, I fly to Seoul where I'm speaking at Sparks Labs NEXT conference on June 14. Other speakers at NEXT include Richard Florida and Ray Ozzie, so - if you happen to be in north-east Asia in the middle of next week - do say hello, it promises to be a really fun event. After that, I'm back home to prepare to interview the stimulating and controversial Vivek Wadhwa for our next FutureCast event on June 25 at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto. Vivek will talk about the future of work, innovation, immigration, and (the lack of) female leadership in Silicon Valley. With an exclusive audience of top entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and writers, this promises to be at least as memorable as our first highly interactive salon-style FutureCast event about the future of transportation in April. Please let me know if you like to be considered for an invitation.

Mercifully, we don't allow fireside chats on my "Keen On" TechcrunchTV show. So check out my TCTV conversations with two of the most brilliant minds in technology - Jaron Lanier and Stephen Wolfram - whose perspectives on big data couldn't be more different. Also, if you have a minute, please have a look at my uncharacteristically generous review of Eric Schmidt's new book The New Digital Age.

Introducing FutureCast

I'm thrilled to be producing FutureCast, a salon-style event hosted by AT&T and Ericsson, which brings together some of Silicon Valley's finest minds to discuss the digital revolution. Each event, held at AT&T's spectacular Palo Alto Foundry, invites a select group of entrepreneurs, investors, writers and executives to talk about the ways in which networked technology is radically changing education, cities, healthcare and every other aspect of 21st century life. Our first event focused on transportation. FutureCast guests included executives from transportation companies such as GM, Tesla, American Airlines, San Francisco Municipal Transporation Authority and Sidecar as well as Silicon Valley notables like Frost and Sullivan chairman David Frigstad, distinguished New York Times science correspondent John Markoff, EFF Chairman Brad Templeton, Techcrunch co-founder Keith Teare, Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens and best selling business writer Larry Downes. This is how AT&T CTO John Donovan reported it. CNN covered the event in this five part video series:

-- Transportation's Kodak Moment -- The Driverless Car -- Are We Falling Out Of Love With Our Cars? -- Privacy & The Connected Car -- The Global View

Our next FutureCast, featuring the controversial Silicon Valley author and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, will address how the networked revolution is radically changing the economics of work, with a special focus on Wadhwa's signature issues such as immigration reform. This event, once again held at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto, is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday June 25. Please let me know if you'd like to be considered for an invitation.

My Italian Job

My third favorite all-time movie is The Italian Job (behind Vertigo & Shadow of a Doubt). I even managed to squeeze a reference about it into Digital Vertigo (the scene in the Oxford jail). So it's appropriate that I'm about to embark on my own lower case italian job to celebrate the publication of the Italian version of Vertigine Digitale.  Beginning April 28, I'll be in Perugia, Milan, Venice, Bologna and (for my sins) Capri where I'll be speaking at an event about trend setting. Here's the full schedule of "Il Tour Di Andrew Keen In Italia". Before Italy, I'll be at my favorite European tech conference - The Next Web extravaganza in Amsterdam. This coming Thursday, I'm doing a debate with my best enemy, Robert Scoble, about Google Glass. Given that Scoble is now wearing his all-seeing Glass in public urinals, our debate might turn out to be quite a pissing contest. Then on Friday, I'll be interviewing my old friend Gary Shapiro, CEA President and the author of the best-selling Ninja Innovation.

Please also check out my CNN piece this week on the potentially positive impact of networked technology on autism. And to temper such uncharacteristic optimism, you might also enjoy my latest TCTV interview with Silicon Valley arch-critic Evgeny Morozov.

See you in Capri.


My latest CNN piece about Google Glass has got a lot of attention - including upcoming interviews on both Al Jazeera and the Chinese CCTV network. This is just the first paragraph in the first chapter about privacy and wearable computing. Do we really want strangers taking photos of us every 5 seconds? Scary. Very scary. Please also check out my latest TechcrunchTV interviews with California Lieutenant General Gavin Newsom, Top Dog author Po Bronson & the Pullitzer prize winning New York Times journalist Matt Richtel. I'd appreciate any suggestions about interesting people I should be interviewing for my show. The only condition is that they must have some connection to digital technology.

I'm just back from DC where I spoke at the excellent xpotomac conference. I'm in the Bay Area for the next ten days, then off to the UK to speak at Julia Hobsbawn's Names Not Numbers event. So in London week of March 18 if anyone wants to get together.

Fingers and everything else crossed for Sunday. I've been waiting 18 years for this.


Happy Holidays

I'm just back from a monster Digital Vertigo tour of Europe, Asia and Latin America. The highlight was probably my TED talk in Brussels which got me into lots of delightful trouble. I'm taking a rest from speaking in December, but will be back into action at the beginning of the new year. My calendar for 2013 is already filling up fast, so please let me know if you want me to speak at your event next year. I'm now trying to do some writing. See my recent op-ed in the Financial Times about the role of software in the new industrial revolution and two CNN pieces - something on freedom of speech on Twitter and an essay this week about the anti-trust investigations of Google. I'm also enjoying my "Keen On" TechcrunchTV show, particularly my conversations with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak at TED and with that great techno-provocateur Ray Kurweil.

With the holidays fast approaching, I wish all of you - irrespective of creed (except Arsenal fans, of course) - a wonderfully happy festive season. Please keep in touch and I hope to see many of you next year.

My newsletter makes news

I write a monthly newsletter which you sign up for here. My September newsletter made news with former FT journalist Tom Foremski suggesting on ZDNet that I get paid up to $50,000 for my speaking gigs. "There's gold in techno-pessimism", Foremski thus notes about my packed schedule. And October, I'm pleased to report, continues to be golden. Already this month I've given speeches in London, Amsterdam and Southampton University and this weekend I'm in London for The Battle of Ideas festival where I'm doing a panel about the future of big ideas. Next week I'm in Chicago for a debate about education with David Weinberger at the Learning 3.0 conference and I end the month in Osaka, speaking about financial privacy at the Sibos conference. According to Foremski's maths, then, I'll earn around $350,000 in October. Not bad for a vulgar techno-pessimist, eh?

And November is equally golden. I'm in Belgium and Holland for the first half of the month, launching the Dutch version of Digital Vertigo. I'm speaking at iMinds in Ghent on November 8, TEDx Brussels on November 12, Media & Learning Brussels on November 14 and the BorderSessions festival in The Hague on November 16. I'm then in Istanbul on November 21 for a speech about education at the Kalite Kongresi and in Guadalajara on November 23 to speak at the Iberoamerican Publishers Conference.

Getting from Istanbul to Guadalajara in 24 hours might be tricky. But I guess I can always buy a private jet.

Hope to see some of you in the next few weeks. Drinks on me, of course.




June was quite a month. I'm just back from a three week tour of Europe where I spoke about Digital Vertigo in Lisbon, London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bristol, Trieste and Venice. I also spent a few days in Athens researching a very uplifting story about Greek digital reinvention which will appear on CNN later this week. Media coverage of the trip was great including this Reuters video, an extensive feature in L'Espresso and my own CNN story about "faster than real-time" technology. This week, I return London where I'm speaking at the Editorial Intelligence Mobile World conference on Thursday 7/12 and then keynoting the International and European Associations Congress in Liverpool on Monday 7/16. From there, I fly to Washington DC on 7/18 for "The Great Privacy Debate" at the National Press Club in which I partner with EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg against TechFreedom's Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka. I then travel to Dallas on 7/19 for a lunchtime talk with Telligent CEO Patrick Brandt sponsored by IPI. Finally, I'm spending 7/20-23 in Jackson Hole at the Internet Cowboy Un-Conference where, for one weekend, I will swap my Antichrist fork for a pair of stirrups.

So no rest for the wicked. And August will be pretty busy too. I'm speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 8/12, in conversation with the Scottish writer Ewan Morrison. Then I'm doing the lunch keynote on 8/21 in Colorado at Technology Policy Institute's Aspen Summit. From Aspen, I fly to Sao Paolo to speak at The Next Web's inaugural Latin American conference on 8/23 and will then - hardship of hardships - be forced to spend a few days in Rio launching the Brazilian version of Digital Vertigo.

Digital Vertigo tour comes to Bay Area

I'm just back from Brussels, where I keynoted an ICOMP event and crossed swords with Erica Mann, Facebook's top lobbyist at the EU, at the Personal Democracy Forum. But my most viral Facebook moment this week was the publication of a rather naughty CNN piece about the "Zucking-Up of the Human Race" which, ironically, has already racked up almost 18,000 "likes" on Facebook itself. Other highlights this week include three really fabulous features on Digital Vertigo: the first with Anne Trubek at The Barnes and Noble Review, the second with Ian Burrell of the London Independent, the third with Jamillah Knowles on BBC Five Live's Outriders Show, and fourth with Imran Garda on Al-Jazeera's The Stream. This weekend, The Digital Vertigo tour pulls into the Bay Area. Tomorrow, on Sunday  June 3 (4.00-6.00 pm), I'm at the Hillside Club in Berkeley speaking with the illustrious filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and EFF board member Brad Templeton. On Monday June 4 (5.00-7.00pm), I'm in conversation with CEO Michael Fertik at his Silicon Valley HQ (1001 Marshall St, Redwood City, CA 94063). On Tuesday, June 5, I'm debating Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow at the Economist's Information 2012 in San Francisco. On Wednesday, June 6, I'm in Petaluma, live on Leo Laporte's Triangulation TWiT show. And then on Thursday morning June 7, I'm in Napa, on a panel about online privacy and our right to be forgotten at The Tech Policy Summit.

So I hope I'll see many Bay Area folks somewhere this week. Both the Hillside Club and the events promise to be particularly fun, with drinks, book signing and lots of time to chat. So please let me know if you can come.

Digital Vertigo out now!

Yes, the (e)book is out in both the US and UK, so no excuses now for not reading. For those who prefer to listen rather than read, It's also out as an audiobook on Audible with me narrating. This first week has been pretty incredible in terms of press coverage. Here are some highlights: -- Controversial New York Times interview with Nick Bilton

-- Rave Forbes review by Ryan Holliday

-- The Verge interview with Laura June

-- BBC Night Waves interview

-- Atlantic piece by me about engineering serendipity

-- The Next Web interview with Jamillah Knowles

-- Forbes interview with Dan Schwabel

-- Much commented upon excerpt on InternetEvolution

-- Pando Daily interview with Paul Carr

-- Not so rave Forbes review from Adam Thierer (so I don't get too big headed)

Much more to come this week where I'll be in DC on Tuesday for Al Jazeera's Stream show then onto Brussels for a keynote at ICOMP on Wednesday evening and at the Personal Democracy Forum on Thursday.




Digital Vertigo - The World Tour

Digital Vertigo is out on Tuesday and I'm going to be insanely busy in the next month with speeches. Below is my itinerary from now to the third week of June. Please email me ( if you want more details on any of the events  - particularly my Bay Area launch party on June 4 at which should be really fun. May 21: New York City: Techcrunch Disrupt - Conversation with TC Editor, Alexia Tsotsis May 21: New York City: Judith & Jess' Takeout book launch dinner (invitation only) May 22: NYC, Techcrunch Disrupt, Book Signing (12.30-2.00pm) May 23: Google Big Tent in Hertfordshire, UK: Debate with author Nick Harkaway May 24: London: Conversation with Kernel magazine editor Milo Yiannopoulos May 30: Brussels, Belgium: ICOMP panel about privacy (evening) May 31: Brussels, Belgium: Speech about identity at Personal Democracy Forum Brussels June 3: Berkeley CA: Hillside Club conversation with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain (4-6.00 pm) June 4: Redwood City CA: With CEO Michael Fertik (5.00-7.00pm) June 5: San Francisco: Debate with John Perry Barlow at Economist Information 2012 June 6: Napa, CA: Panel about privacy at Tech Policy Summit June 12: New York City: Keynote about big data at Audience Measurement 7.0 June 13: Parsippany, NJ: Seminar at CW Post Co about Rethinking the Web (invite only) June 15: Lisbon, Portugal: Speech about disconnecting the dots, Switch Conference June 18: London: London School of Economics, LSE Media Group, Keynote June 19: Amsterdam: Recorded Future, Keynote speech about big data (afternoon) June 20: London: Le Web, debate about online addiction/privacy with Robert Scoble June 20: London: Canvas8 keynote about Digital Vertigo (tickets here) (6.30pm) June 21: London: Omnicom, Juice Session (internal) about the value of social media June 21: Dublin: Dublin Web Summit sponsored evening about social media June 22: Bristol, UK: speech about Digital Vertigo Bristol Festival of Ideas (6.00-7.00pm) June 23: Trieste, Italy: keynote at State of the Net conference (afternoon)