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The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Neil Cukier, co-authors of Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, in the Belfer Center Library (L369). This event will be co-chaired by Belfer Center Director Graham Allison, and Professor Venky Narayanamurti, director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the Belfer Center.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute / Oxford University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In addition to Big Data, Mayer-Schönberger has published eight books (including the awards-winning Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age) and is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the information economy.

He is a frequent public speaker, and sought expert for print and broadcast media worldwide. He and his work have been featured in (among others) the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, WIRED, Ars Technica, and Daily Kos. He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organizations focused on studying the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues.

Kenneth Neil Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist. From 2007 to 2012 he was the Japan business and finance correspondent, and before that, the paper's global technology correspondent based in London, where his work focused on innovation, intellectual property and Internet governance.

Previously, he was the technology editor of the Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and a regular commentator on CNBC Asia. Earlier still, he was the European Editor of Red Herring and worked at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. From 2002 to 2004 Mr. Cukier was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, working on the Internet and international relations.

His writings have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Prospect, the Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on business and technology matters for CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and others. Mr. Cukier serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO promoting legal rights in developing countries. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors to the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

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