How Mobile Can Disrupt Social - DLS Talk by Monica S. Lam, Stanford University


DMP 110, 6245 Agronomy Rd.

Speaker:  Monica S. Lam, Stanford University

Title:  How Mobile Can Disrupt Social

Why do we have to give up ownership of our data to share?  This talk describes how mobile can open up social so we can share anything with anybody anytime easily, without losing data ownership!   The key idea lies in an open messaging (OM) infrastructure that enables groups to communicate easily based on their human identities rather than TCP/IP addresses.  OM provides an app platform, allowing multi-party apps be built easily.  OM is only a messenger, data are deleted from the infrastructure once they are delivered.  Individuals can designate a cloud service of their choice to host their data.  In this way, we turn social networks inside out, where data can be hosted by different vendors.   This talk describes the research journey of how we derive the solution after three other attempts, and what it takes to take this disruption to market.

Monica S. Lam has been a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University since 1988; she is also the founding Director of the Stanford MobiSocial Computing Laboratory.  She received her BS in Computer Science from University of British Columbia and her PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her research interests spanned high-performance computing, computer architecture, compiler optimizations, security analysis, virtualization-based computer management, and most recently, open social networks.  She loves working on disruptive startups--she was on the founding team of Tensilica (configurable processor cores) in 1998, and she was the founding CEO of both MokaFive (desktop management using virtual machines, 2005) and MobiSocial (open social networking, 2012).  She is a co-author of the "Dragon book" and an ACM Fellow.

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