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For Immediate Release
INET 97 Global Corporate Sponsors Include Major International Internet Luminaries
Washington, D.C. -- May 27, 1997 -- The Internet Society today announced that Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, joined the growing list of international corporate supporters of the Internet Society's seventh annual conference, INET 97, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia June 24-26, 1997.
"The profound impact of the Internet on how people live, learn and work is a global phenomenon," said Keith Fox, vice president of corporate marketing for Cisco Systems. "INET 97 is an excellent opportunity to explore the international implications of the Internet as a tool for business, education, medicine, the arts and beyond."
The Internet Society is the international organization for global coordination and cooperation of the Internet and is the organizer of INET 97, premier global Internet conference. INET 97 will include presentations of more than 100 papers and case histories, plenary sessions and panels on key Internet issues, and a wide range of seminars. More than 2,000 information technology professionals, business executives, educators, government officials, and journalists from around the world are expected to attend.
"The growing importance of the Internet is widely perceived as an inevitable aspect of global commerce and competitive information exchange," said Donald M. Heath, President and CEO of the Internet Society. "INET 97's corporate supporters recognize the value of the Internet and that this conference plays an important part in the quality and direction that the Internet will take."
Principal sponsors of INET 97, like Cisco Systems, contribute at least $75,000 to the conference. In return, the Internet Society provides corporate sponsors with exhibit space at the Conference, Conference registration, recognition in Conference and Internet Society materials, invitations to special receptions, and other benefits.
Organizations from around the world are sponsoring INET 97 including: Cisco Systems, MIMOS Berhad, Petronas, UNDP, 3COM, IBM, MCI, O'Reilly and Associates, Open Society Institute, Stackig, Sun Microsystems, Time Telecommunications Sdn Berhad, U.S. Robotics, The World Bank, Alis Technologies, Bellcore, Celcom, Challenge Communications, CompuTimes, DataPrep Berhad, Defense Information Systems Agency, Global One, International Business Forum, The Internet Association of Japan, SAPURA Mac, Sembawang Media, Sin Chew Jit Poh Malaysia, SOFTBANK Forums (Interop), Software.Com, and Teleglobe.
CompuTimes is the official English language publication for INET 97. Sin Chew Jit Poh Malaysia is the official Chinese language newspaper.
"Sponsors can provide general support of INET 97, or they can fund specific conference or preconference activities," Heath said. For example, Cisco Systems is the Patron Sponsor of a one-day colloquium for educators that will be held prior to INET 97. The colloquium, titled The K-12 Educational Workshop, will assist educators from around the world in making greater use of the Internet in schools. Heath said that some sponsorship opportunities are still available.
The Internet Society (ISOC) is the leading organization for the technical, commercial and policy development of the Internet. ISOC is a non-profit, non-governmental group that provides a forum for diverse interests and businesses to manage the many issues and concerns which the new applications of the Internet are generating. Membership includes more than 100 key Internet-oriented organizations and about 7,000 individuals from 150 countries.
Additional INET 97 conference information can be obtained by contacting the Internet Society at 703-648-9888; http://www.isoc.org/inet97; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., USA. 20191-3429.
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