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Downloaded: The Digital Revolution

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Join a round table discussion of the Digital Revolution; how we got here, how the world has changed and what are the best ways forward in these contentious times. With Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, musician and activist Chuck D, musician and Co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation JP Barlow and Alex Winter, director of the documentary, Downloaded. Moderated by Eugene Hernandez, Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Alex Winter Producer Trouper Productions

Director/Producer of Downloaded, a feature documentary from VH1 Rock Docs on the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution.

Eugene Hernandez Dir of Digital Strategy Film Society of Lincoln Center

Eugene Hernandez is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, developing new initiatives for the nearly fifty-year-old organization and its magazine, Film Comment. Responsibilities include oversight of the organization's Convergence program for immersive media and hosting the radio program, The Daily Buzz. In 1996, Eugene founded indieWIRE, serving as Editor-in-Chief until 2010. He has served as a consultant to non-profit arts organizations including the Creative Capital Foundation as well as an instructor at The New School in Manhattan. He also spent 5 years at ABC-TV, working in its multimedia division.

John Perry Barlow Co-Founder Electronic Frontier Foundation

John Perry Barlow was a Wyoming cattle rancher for many years. He also wrote songs for the Grateful Dead and co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation. His 1993 Wired essay, The Economy of Ideas, was the first announcement that the music industry (as we then knew it) was doomed. He is currently working on turning sewage into jetfuel.

Sean Parker Founder Airtime

Shawn Fanning Napster

Shawn Fanning is a computer programmer, entrepreneur and investor. In 1998 he developed Napster, which transformed the music industry. Following Napster, Shawn founded or co-founded a number of early-stage technology startups, including Snocap, Rupture, and Path. He recently reunited with Sean Parker to create a new live video company called Airtime, which launched in 2012.