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For Immediate Release
Martin Burack
(703) 648-9888

INET '97, World's Premier Internet Conference Confirms Ira C. Magaziner Keynote Speaker
Leading International Electronic Commerce Expert and President Clinton's Senior Internet Policy Advisor

Washington, D.C. -- May 5, 1997 -- The Clinton administration's top advisor on Internet policy, Ira C. Magaziner, will address the Internet Society's INET 97 conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, June 25, 1997.

Magaziner was appointed by President Clinton in 1996 to head an interagency task force made up of 18 U.S. federal agencies to develop guidelines for the U.S. government's Internet policy. The report of the task force entitled, A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, will be released soon. The report will address such issues as Internet intellectual property, privacy, encryption, electronic payment systems, and technical standards.

"As an international body concerned with the global development the Internet, the Internet Society recognizes the impact of U.S. policies around the world. Consequently, it is particularly appropriate to have the architect of those policies address our international conference," said Donald M. Heath, President and CEO of the Internet Society."

Heath added that Magaziner's keynote address will be "especially timely" for INET 97 conference attendees since it closely follows the release of the anxiously awaited task force report on Global Electronic Commerce. "Mr. Magaziner's comments at the INET 97 will provide a detailed explanation of the likely future of the U.S. government’s Internet policy," Mr. Heath stated.

Although the details of the task force recommendations have not been made public, Magaziner previously stated the Internet could stimulate the global economy if it remains a free market in cyberspace. Additionally, the task force is expected to recommend that U.S. government policy should protect the freedom and "positive chaos of the Internet."

Before joining the Clinton Administration, Magaziner was one of America's most respected corporate strategists, building two successful corporate strategy consulting firms and directing policy analysis for major corporations. In 1979, Mr. Magaziner founded Telesis and built it into a respected international firm. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Magaziner served as chairman of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. In 1993, Mr. Magaziner joined the White House as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development. During 1993 and 994, he directed the President's health care reform initiative. Mr. Magaziner currently chairs a joint National Economic Council/National Security Council initiative to increase U.S. exports.

Over the past two decades, Magaziner has conducted hundreds of corporate strategy studies for companies competing in the global economy. His areas of expertise include Japanese business practices, international industrial policy, corporate strategy and economic development.

Magaziner has lectured to corporate managers, government ministries and academic institution audiences for over a decade on these topics and is the author of three books and numerous articles on business strategy, international economics, education policy, skill development and technology policy. Magaziner graduated in 1969 as valedictorian from Brown University and attended Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children.

The INET 97 conference has many additional opportunities to investigate in detail the commercial aspects of the Internet. Three different Tutorials are devoted to such vital business topics as Cryptography, Security and Privacy for Networks, Internet for Business, and Intranet Planning. Additionally, there is a conference track specifically designed to address the myriad issues facing the growing commercialization of the Internet with at least 14 business-related panels lead by international experts in the electronic commerce field.

The Internet Society is the international organization for global coordination and cooperation of the Internet and is the sponsor 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 3,000 information technology professionals, business executives, educators and government officials from around the world are expected to attend.

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;; e-mail, or by writing to 12020 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA., USA. 20191-3429.

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