ITIC Hosts Internet Technology Conference
Posted: August 23, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Elena Barbre
More than 300 information technology professionals from across the commonwealth of Virginia will meet in historic Williamsburg next month to discuss the most pressing issues facing the IT and Internet industry. The Internet Technology Innovation Center (ITIC), a partnership of 11 research centers at George Mason University, Christopher Newport University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech, hosts this second annual Virginia Internet Technology Conference in conjunction with the Virginia Electronic Commerce Technology Center at Christopher Newport University from Sept. 19 to 21.
A panel of well-known technology experts will lead seminars and discussions on infrastructure, security, data protection and recovery, Internet marketing, business-to-business e-commerce, Internet privacy, intellectual property issues, venture capital opportunities, and legal aspects of e-commerce. Among the presenters are Mike Daniels, former chairman of Network Solutions, Inc., and sector vice president of SAIC; David Farber, chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission; Peter Galuszka, executive editor of Virginia Business Magazine; Paul Misener, vice president for global public policy at Amazon.com; and Don Upson, secretary of technology for the commonwealth of Virginia.
Funded by Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, ITIC’s goal is to assist companies with the development and deployment of Internet products and services. Since its creation in 1998, ITIC has worked to nurture Virginia’s entrepreneurial environment for information technology and Internet-based businesses; accelerate the creation and deployment of network-based information technology, especially with regard to e-commerce; develop the hardware/software infrastructure that Virginia needs for the coming knowledge-based economy; and expand Virginia’s highly skilled work force needed to develop, support, and market Internet-based electronic products and services.
Two George Mason centers–the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology, directed by Stephen Ruth, and the Internet Multimedia Center, directed by Scott Martin–were involved in developing the proposal for ITIC and are among the 11 research centers chosen for the project. “Being part of this new center means George Mason is a participant in one of the most significant technology areas of the last two centuries–the diffusion of Internet technology,” says Ruth, who also serves as deputy director of ITIC.