February 14, 2000

Ninth International World Wide Web Conference Features Stellar Keynote Speakers

Ericsson Telecommunicatie BV, Phillips Digital Networks, Psion PLC, Gjordan.com, and Harvard Law School to Address Next Generation Web at Amsterdam Conference

Reston, VA, February 14, 2000 - The International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) of Geneva, Switzerland and Foretec Seminars of Reston, VA have announced that five world leaders in the 21st Century Web community will deliver keynote speeches at The Ninth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW9), the only Web conference where leaders from academia, research, government and industry meet on a global stage. The conference will be held May 15 - 19, 2000, at the Amsterdam RAI, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Web-related hardware, software, and services expositions to open May 16 - 18. Registration for the conference is available online at http://www9.org.

The keynote speakers include:

Dr. Egbert-Jan Sol, MS, PhD
Vice President of Technology
Ericsson Telecommunicatie BV

"Making the Internet Mobile for Everybody"

Imagine - Internet anywhere, anytime - walking to the railway station, arriving at an unknown airport, stuck in a unexpected traffic jam, on holiday, or during a boring lecture. Ultimately you will want to take your "home environment" with you over the boundaries of different networks and terminals. In this context, the creation of the World Wide Web as an almost media independent environment might be seen later as one of the most successful developments in the '90 towards a "Virtual Home Environment" for the '00.

Dr. Ir Sol, Vice President Technology at Ericsson, is responsible for the company's technology in research and development, product management, and strategic business development.

Paul de Bot
Vice President of Business Development
Phillips Digital Networks

"The Convergence of Internet and Television Technologies: How will it Change the Living Room Experience?"

The venue of the Internet is not only changing the way books are ordered, stocks are traded, or people are sending messages to each other; it also affects the traditional world of broadcasting. Traditional television and radio broadcasting to mass audiences will lose eyeballs. The Internet offers the possibility of providing every individual with personalized audio and video content at any desired time. This content can be provided for professional use or for entertainment, in an active lean-forward model, as well as in a passive lean-back model, at home or in the office.

Paul de Bot is Vice President Business Development of Philips Digital Networks. One of the focus points of Philips Digital Networks, a Business Group of Philips Consumer Electronics, is the convergence of TV and the Internet.

Charles W. Davies, BSc, PhD
Group Development Director
Psion PLC

"Wireless Information Devices and the Mobile Internet"

Internet access terminals will diversify over time. An important class of Internet access device will be the so-called "Wireless Information Device," a product category created by the convergence of mobile phones and handheld computers. Wireless information devices are spurred by the combination of the rapidly growing cellular mobile infrastructure and Internet infrastructure, both of which should reach a billion users before the end of the first decade of the new millennium. Davies' talk will cover relevant industry and technology trends, the history of the Symbian joint venture, application and content architectures, and device form factors.

Dr. Davies joined Psion in 1981. Since June 1998, he has served as Group Development Director and is responsible for new business development, technology foresight, and new product development.

M. Graeber Jordan

"The Spirit of the WWW in the Corporate Intranet"

Beginning in the year 2000, most corporations and government agencies will increasingly adopt the technology of the World Wide Web. Pent-up demand for new systems will be expressed in new web sites. Most of these organizations will naturally use the same management methods that were used on past computing projects. But what if these large organizations could adopt the spirit of the World Wide Web in addition to its technology? In his talk, "The Spirit of the WWW in the Corporate Intranet," Mr. Jordan will draw on his experience with The Boeing Company as Web Program Manager, and as consultant to other large organizations, to demonstrate how the Web spirit can impact the bottom line by making internal processes better, faster, and cheaper. He will describe a structure and methodology that allows maximum individual freedom but still focuses the creativity toward the objectives of the business-the balance between chaos and control.

M. Graeber Jordan is CEO of GJordan.com LLC, a company that helps corporations create an environment in which the Web can make dramatic improvements to business processes. In July 1999, Mr. Jordan retired from a 33 year career at The Boeing Company and formed GJordan.com LLC.

Lawrence Lessig, JD
Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies
Harvard Law School

Cyberspace's Constitution

Cyberspace has a constitution. This constitution is changing. Its original version induced innovation, and protected a certain freedom. These features are being architected away. In this talk, Lessig describes how the architecture or code of cyberspace operates as law, and how that law is changing.

Lawrence Lessig is the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. From 1991 to 1997, he was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1989, and then clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace. His book, "Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace," is published by Basic Books. Lessig is currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

For conference program information, visit the WWW9 Web site at http://www9.org.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact exhibitors@www9.org.

Companies interested in sponsoring should contact sponsors@www9.org.

Working journalists and industry analysts can receive complementary registration by contacting Joya Subudhi at (617) 262-1800 ext.226, or press@www9.org.


ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics - aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading research establishments from fourteen European countries are members of ERCIM. For more information about ERCIM, visit http://www.ercim.org.

About IW3C2

IW3C2 was formed in August 1994 to continue a series of academic level conferences, the first of which was held in Geneva. Other conferences in this series were held in Chicago, Darmstadt, Boston, Paris, Santa Clara, and Brisbane. IW3C2 formally incorporated in May 1996 as a non-profit association. For more information about IW3C2, visit http://www.iw3c2.org.

About CWI

CWI is the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands. CWI performs frontier research in mathematics and computer science and transfers new knowledge in these fields to society in general and trade and industry in particular. For more information about CWI, visit http://www.cwi.nl.

About Foretec Seminars

Foretec Seminars, formed in 1997 as a subsidiary of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), currently manages the International World Wide Web Conferences for IW3C2. Foretec is also responsible for managing various functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Secretariat for CNRI including arranging IETF meetings. For more information about Foretec Seminars, visit http://www.foretec.com.

Albert Vezza Joya Subudhi
Foretec Seminars, Inc
Miller Consulting Group
617.262.1800 x226