University Dedicates Tech Center

Posted: November 24, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University dedicates its newly created National Center for Technology and Law in a ceremony featuring Gov. James Gilmore and President Alan Merten on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Arlington Campus. The ceremony begins at 11:30 a.m. and is held in the main lobby of Arlington I.

“We are very pleased to oversee this important center and are greatly appreciative of the governor’s confidence in George Mason that he would select our institution to maintain and direct it,” says Merten.

“George Mason University offers the ideal location for such a center and for such an event as the Global Internet Summit,” says Gilmore. “Northern Virginia boasts the largest concentration of Internet-related companies in the world, and because of its proximity to Washington, D.C., it is a focal point for global Internet policy discussions.”

Established in March at the School of Law, the Tech Center seeks to bridge the gap between the new technologies that are transforming the competitive landscape and the old laws that threaten to hold those technologies back. The only center of its kind at a Washington-area law school, it serves as a neutral forum in which business and government leaders can debate the application of laws to specific technology issues and develop policy proposals aimed at encouraging technological progress and economic growth.

The Tech Center’s next major event, to be held March 12 to 14, 2000, is the Global Internet Summit, which will bring together government and business leaders from around the world to discuss future governance of the Internet.

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