Cloud Computing, Telecommuting and the New Global Economy

Friday March 26th, 2010 at 3.00PM
At the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery [ 310 N Boulevard, 33606 ]
The University of Tampa,
College of Arts and Letters

Open to everyone, no cover.

The way we work has changed drastically in the last 20 years with the advent of high-speed communication technology and a new digital creative economy. Beyond the realm of domestic “telecommuting”, we are entering a new era of a truly decentralized global creative economy based on networks of people spread across the globe. Through advances in technology including broadband, cloud computing, and cheap storage space, we are seeing a new "virtual" work environment where there is no physical contact with the people you work with every day? There are many challenges to successfully work in this manner, but the benefits are obvious. Does this represent a sustainable way to do business in the future for many small businesses? On the other hand, is this exploitation? Does this model threaten the local economy? My lecture will attempt to shed light on these questions based on personal experience, and trends in the global economy. I will discuss the effect this new global economy has on other cultures and what it means for us as potential entrepreneurs and business leader.

This lecture is possible thanks to a generous grant from the University of Tampa Alumni Association


The Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Media Art and Technology (EMAT) degree is offered as an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in art, communication, information and technology management, music and writing. The program emphasizes design and production for interactivity and Web-based products for both commercial and artistic intent. After taking core courses, EMAT majors may choose electives such as Web Design, Interactive Media Development, Animation, Advertising, Digital Arts, Video Production, Electronic Music, Computer Programming, Digital Photography, Digital Filmmaking, Writing for Interactive Media and New Media History and Theory.