Japanese Delegation Visits to Learn about Digital Communities

Posted: January 6, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

Kudos to George Mason’s web development team! Several Japanese businessmen were so impressed with the university’s website–its design, content, and the services available through it–that they visited George Mason last November to learn more about it. The businessmen are members of Japan’s Digital Communication Promotion Council Preparation Office, which is working to establish digital communities in Japan.

According to Keith Segerson, executive director of University Computing and Information Systems, the council’s goal is to set up systems in Japan that not only facilitate electronic commerce but also provide web-based self-services, such as the ability to access personal medical records or to pay one’s taxes over the web. Segerson met with the group members, discussed the university’s technology initiatives, and briefed them on technologies such as Internet 2 and the Next Generation Internet.

Among the delegation were representatives from the University of Tokyo, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Japan Radio, NEC, and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation.

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