INET'96 TO FOCUS ON SOCIAL IMPACTS OF INTERNET

Reston, Virginia, 15 March, 1996: This year, the 6th Annual Conference of the Internet Society (June 25-28), focusing on worldwide issues of Internet networking, will also examine the social, cultural and linguistic impacts of this technology. This conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, and will bring together over 2500 individuals involved in developing and implementing Internet networks, applications and policies for a worldwide infrastructure.

The following is an overview of conference topics:

Internet Applications and Services: The Internet provides a foundation for the delivery of many advanced services. The technologies to deliver these services include advanced tools for managing, searching and accessing distributed information as well as techniques to deal with multimedia, files systems, computing, collaboration, user interface, multiple language support and mobility.

Transforming Internet Commerce and Reshaping the Market Place: The Internet provides an important platform for the transformation of business and commercial activities. Internet networks deeply transform the reach of firms, allowing small companies to have global reach. New forms of competition emerge with related questions about the nature and security of transactions and the need for new electronic currencies. Furthermore, new customer relationships emerge with implications for advertising and distribution and delivery of products and services.

Internet Learning and Teaching: Experiments with new teaching technologies and applications are changing the nature of education. Organizations of all kinds, including primary and secondary schools, post-secondary education institutions, government institutions and commercial enterprises are seeking to use the Internet and its related technologies to enhance the learning and teaching process.

Networking Technology Frontiers: The increasing sophistication of network applications and enormous growth in number of people using the Internet demand new networking solutions. Networking designs, protocols, registry processes and services, transport services and security requirements continue to undergo rapid evolution to meet the growing demand.

Internet and Social Transformations: The global Internet is affecting how people interact and society works. Ideas and opinions flow faster, in new directions and, as a result, power is being distributed in unexpected ways. What can we already say about its effect on our society?

Growing and Regulating the Internet - Economic and Policy Issues: Countries are struggling to understand the nature of the Internet evolution and how to regulate, encourage or discourage its use and growth. What are the challenges that lay ahead as new technologies redefine the governance?

Expanding and Enhancing Internet Access: Most parts of the world still struggle to provide reliable access with reasonable performance. Technical, economic, social and political barriers and solutions continue to evolve. Projects within geographic regions, countries and industries illustrate the nature of the challenges and the potential solutions.

Internet Case Studies: Individuals, organizations and governments use the Internet for a wide range of activities. These experiences, both successes and failures, form an important knowledge base of information about the Internet and help to define frontiers for further exploration and development.

The Conference will be preceded by the Internet Society's annual Workshop on Network Technology for Countries in the Early Stages of Internet Networking, to be held June 16-22 at the McGill University Campus. There will also be a Primary and Secondary School Workshop bringing together Kindergarten through Secondary School Internet Innovators from around the world.

The Internet Society was founded in 1991 and is the international body responsible for coordinating the Internet and ensuring cooperation among members. As such, it has asked CANARIE Inc., its Canadian founding organizational member, to organize the 1996 Conference to be held in Canada for the first time.

CANARIE (The Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education) is an industry-led and -managed consortium created as an innovative way for the Canadian federal government and the private sector to collaborate in stimulating the development of the Information Highway in Canada. CANARIE has assigned the job of organizing the 1996 Conference to the Centre de recherche informatique de Montrial (CRIM). CRIM is an R&D, transfer and networking organization and co-founder of the RISQ network. RISQ was the first Internet service in Quebec and remains at the heart of the Internet in that Canadian province.

Information:The Internet Society
    Lynn O'Keefe-Grabe
    (703)648-9888
            
    URL:    http://www.isoc.org/conferences/inet96/
    gopher: //gopher.isoc.org:70/11/isoc/conferences/inet96/
    ftp:    //ftp.isoc.org/isoc/conferences/inet/inet96
     
Information in Canada:Simard Hamel Communications Itee
    (514) 287-9811
    Jean-Marc Simard,
    j.m.simard@shc.ca
    Josie-Michelle Simard,
    josee-michelle.simard@shc.ca


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