Eric Schmidt is the executive chairman of Google, and Jared Cohen is the head of Google Ideas. Together, they have co-written The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business and Our Lives (2014), which addresses questions about how technology will change privacy, security, war, intervention, diplomacy, revolution, and terrorism. In this book, Cohen and Schmidt argue that technology gives hope for a future of promise and innovation. To conduct research, they traveled to volatile and repressive societies, and met with activists, political leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the world.
Prior to his role executive chairman, Eric Schmidt served as Google's CEO from 2001-2011. During this time, he oversaw Google's technical and business strategy, scaled infrastructure, and diversified product offerings. Before this, he was the chairman and CEO at Novell, and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems. He is currently a member of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Jared Cohen currently serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He previously worked in the State Department, and was a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. In January 2013, he was one of three members of the first high-level American delegation to North Korea following the death of Kim Jong-il. In 2013 he was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people, and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
This event is co-sponsored by the vice president of student affairs and the Silicon Valley Program at CMC.