FCC Chief Technologist to Speak at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - David Farber, chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will speak at the University of Massachusetts at 4 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 11, in room 150 of the Computer Science Research Center. He will speak on "Predicting the Unpredictable: The Impact of Technological Innovation, Government Regulation and Individual Rights on the Future Networking World." The event is free and open to the public.

Farber is also the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Pennsylvania. An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that "he has some of the most technologically savvy thinkers in industry, academia, and government, from Microsoft to the Central Intelligence Agency, listening to and discussing his ideas every day." He has helped design computer-programming languages, electronic phone switches and super-high-speed computer networks. Wired magazine has lauded Farber for having "the technical chops and the public spirit to be the Paul Revere of the Digital Revolution."

His talk is part of the Sidney Topol Distinguished Lecture Series, which was established through the generosity of Sidney Topol, Class of 1947. Topol is widely regarded as a telecommunications pioneer who helped forge the cable-satellite connection that triggered the growth of cable television in the U.S.