A Microsoft Research lab, to be inaugurated tomorrow in Bangalore, India, plans to employ anthropologists, ethnographers and others to observe and document the lives of people in India’s rural villages.
Michiel Schwarz’s insightful Dutch policy paper on “e-culture”, that has just been published in English, says stirringly that “the key here is not doing the old things with different tools, but rather ‘to do other things’. Digital technologies and the Internet are opening the door to new forms of expression, changing the roles played by cultural institutions, and placing the audience and user increasingly centre stage”.
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The conference brought together innovation experts, economists, urbanists, social innovators, cultural entrepreneurs, policy makers and politicians. During the conference, they charted the state of the innovation debate and re-drew the public agenda for a creative public domain that supports a strong knowledge economy.