INET'99 Proceedings

What Is INET?

INET, which stands for "Internet networking," is regarded as the premier event in the Internet industry and provides an international platform for advancing the development and implementation of Internet networks, technologies, applications, and policies.

The world's Internet leaders meet at INET conferences to exchange experiences and shape the future of the Internet. INET attendees examine strategic issues emanating from the Internet's impact on commerce and finance, education, technologies, health and societies through the World. INET'99 will present a strong technical program with all papers peer reviewed by industry experts from around the world.

INET'99 Program Track Descriptions

E-Commerce & E-Business

Explore the latest developments in the electronic marketplace. Speakers will discuss how electronic commerce is being used in countries around the world, what national governments are doing to promote its growth, and how specific companies have developed exciting new e-commerce applications.

Over the past twenty years, the Internet has transformed scientific research. Similarly, today the Internet is transforming business. It has created a "global electronic marketplace," which allows the smallest firm to easily reach customers -- both individuals and other companies -- around the world. Electronic commerce is enabling companies to process transactions more quickly and more cheaply, to provide a broader range of customized products and services, and to deliver electronic goods (e.g. software, music, etc.) over the Internet. Electronic commerce is growing even faster than the Internet itself. To realize the opportunities provided by e-commerce, companies are becoming e-businesses -- using information technology to streamline operations, empower employees, and establish closer links to their customers.

Education & Information Resources

Focus on what the Internet is offering as a new media for education and research. People all over the world are experimenting on how to exploit the new possibilities it offers, from multimedia and person to person interaction, to access information previously beyond reach. As any media, it conditions the message. How is the Internet changing the way we learn and the use we make of traditional institutions, such as libraries, schools and universities? Access to the Internet means different leaps in different communities. What impact is it having in different regions of the world? How is it changing the way we learn and have access to knowledge? Those are some of the issues addressed by papers in this track.

Social, Legal, & Regulatory

Feel less threatened by this new environment and learn more about what it means to rely on the self-regulatory efforts of Cyberspace. This track will assist all Netizens and territorially-based law-making and law-enforcing authorities. Attendees at these sessions will find out how new rules that emerge, in a variety of online spaces to govern a wide range of new phenomena, are affecting us socially and legally.

New kinds of boundaries are fast defining a distinct Cyberspace -- a Cyberspace that is forcing attention on regulatory issues of global import. The need for new law and legal institutions within the context of Cyberspace are major discussion elements around almost all angles of Internet connectivity. New social paradigms engendered by the melting of physical boundaries and the coming together of communities of interest, are forcing us all to wake up to the fact that the social world in which we have all lived in up until now, will be a very different world as the next century develops.


This track will present substantial sessions ranging from details of specific underlying technologies such as differentiated service and multicasting through new middleware concepts to views of the next generation of the Internet. New applications, and innovative improvements in existing applications will be described as well as insights gained from real, measured experience with the Internet.

Throughout its life the Internet has been a focus for new technical developments. New technology has fueled the growth of the Internet allowing it to absorb exponential growth. The Internet itself has spawned new and novel applications as it has moved from the world of R&D to that of commerce and the home. New technology continues to evolve to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of applications.

The IETF has overseen the turbulent development of the Internet. Its various working groups are always at the cutting edge of new technology. A set of sessions has been set aside for reports from various IETF working groups on what they see as "just around the corner."

Whether you are seeking the latest developments in network infrastructure or insights into next years "killer-app," the Technology Track is certain to stimulate your thinking and heighten your awareness.

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