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From: Dave Farber <farber () central cis upenn edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 1995 16:59:15 -0500



          This project is a unique opportunity for
          folks to participate in a cross-industry, cross-sectoral
          effort to explore what will be deployed by whom, where,
          when, how, and why.  The goal is to
          educate policy makers, but also to use the Academy as a
          neutral meeting ground in which folks from different
          quarters of the economy can explore mutual interests and
          come to understand better what others are doing.


                                     NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
                      2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  20418

                                    NII 2000 STEERING COMMITTEE

                 Call for White Papers:  Private Investment and Federal NII

  The NII 2000 Steering Committee-a group of high-level executives
  and distinguished academicians-seeks white papers from academia,
  businesses, foundations, industry, interest groups, trade associations
  and other interested parties on topics relevant to NII technology
  deployment.  The Committee is charged by the Technology Policy
  Working Group (TPWG) of the federal Information Infrastructure Task
  Force with a year-long course of activities to develop a baseline
  understanding regarding what technologies are to be deployed when,
  where, and by whom.  The project is being coordinated by the
  Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and is
  drawing upon inputs from multiple industries, sectors, organizations,
  and individual experts.  A list of NII 2000 Steering Committee
  members is attached.

  All white papers will be made available to federal NII decision
  makers and be considered for discussion at a Spring Forum in
  Washington, D.C., May 23-24, 1995.  White paper authors will have
  the opportunity to revise their papers after the Spring Forum.  All
  papers-regardless of whether they are selected for discussion at the
  Spring Forum-will be presented to the government and will
  contribute to the Steering Committee's final NII 2000 report to TPWG
  and the public.

  Responding to the Call

  In keeping with its charge, the NII 2000 Steering Committee seeks
  properly documented discussions with quantitative evidence/analysis
  on technical, financial, and economic aspects of technology
  deployment issues and prospects for the next five to seven years.
  Issues of particular interest to the Committee include:

  Architecture and facilities

         Bandwidth capacity available to and from:  government (all
          levels), corporations (domestic & international), small
          businesses and residences; also mobile users of portable

         Interoperability & openness:  dimensions, barriers and

         Interactivity & symmetry (i.e., relative support for two-way

         Internetworking & interconnection regarding different kinds of
          networks and services

         Public networks, private networks, virtual private networks

  Enabling technologies (e.g., end-user devices, interfaces, and

  Recovery of carrier costs (facilities and/or services) in an open-
  network environment

  Middleware technologies/capabilities:  e.g., mechanisms such as
  digital signatures, encryption or search agents that protect intellectual
  property, privacy, security; directory services


         Expected capabilities for digital libraries, distributed
          collaboration, software agents, smart cards, telecommuting,
          video delivery (on-demand & near on-demand), multimedia

         Expected attributes and implementation of electronic
          kiosks/public access facilities

         Technology deployment issues affecting a particular domain
          (e.g., education, finance, manufacturing, transportation) which
          may have implications for other domains (e.g., establishing
          standards in health care)

         Critical hardware and/or software interface features,
          requirements, and standards

  Equitable access & public service obligations (relative costs and
  implementation rates)

  Research & development:  i.e., critical areas for future projects in
  device, software, and systems research; also private sector trends and
  priority areas for government-funded research

  Format Requirements Summary

     Papers should begin with a brief problem statement and
      concentrate on analysis and forecast (five to seven year horizon)
      of deployment issues and key factors, including sources of
      uncertainty, contingencies, barriers and facilitators.  Conclusions
      should concisely state the business case for a given deployment
      effort and any implications for public policy.

     Submissions should be double-spaced and should not exceed
      6,250 words (approx. 25 pages).

     All papers must be signed by a principal and accompanied by a
      signed NRC copyright agreement.

     Statistics must be referenced; cites should be formatted as

     Papers should be submitted in hard copy and electronic form
      (diskette or e-mail to jgodfrey () nas edu) by April 27th.

  Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

  Established by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916, the
  National Research Council (NRC) is the federal government's
  principal advisor on science and technology issues.  NRC conducts
  its work primarily by convening experts (serving pro bono) on a given
  issue.  Within the NRC, CSTB oversees technology and policy
  projects related to information infrastructure and similar topics.

       For more information, contact John Godfrey, CSTB, 202/334-2605

                        or e-mail to jgodfrey () nas edu

   Detailed criteria and format statement:

                      NII 2000

                       White  Paper Criteria and Format

  I.      Criteria

  A.      Substantive - To the degree relevant, each paper should:

            Distinctly frame a problem/issue related to NII technology

            Make a projection regarding that problem/issue over the
             next 5-7 years

            Provide a comprehensive baseline and status report of key
             developments related to that problem or issue

            Assess the interaction between technical and non-technical
             (legal/regulatory, economic, social) factors

            Identify contingencies and uncertainties related to
             investment and deployment of new technologies

            Identify key applications, enabling technologies,

            Identify classes of users to be served, noting: (a) which
             users may be served most easily or quickly; (b) which
             users are more difficult to serve (and why); and (c) market
             ramp-up expectations and determinants

            When using terms such as "interactive", "open", "scalable",
             provide a short definition or context for understanding
             how those terms are being used

            Identify possible public, private, or public/private sector

  B.      Technical

            Submissions should be double-spaced

            Submissions may be no longer than 6,250 words (approx.
             25 pages, double-spaced)

            All papers must be signed by a principal of the
             organization, group, or firm

            All authors must sign a National Research Council
             copyright agreement

            Statistics must be referenced; cites should be formatted as

            Papers should be submitted in hard copy form, as well as
             on a diskette (ASCII or WordPerfect 5.1 format) or sent via
             e-mail to jgodfrey () nas edu

  C.      Dates

            Abstracts due March 25

            Forum version papers due April 27

            Edited (final) version papers due June 30 ,

  II.     Format  (Page lengths are provided as guidelines only)

          A.   Statement of the Problem

               Each paper should provide a 1-2 paragraph statement of
               the particular technology deployment issue.

          B.   Background (approx. 4-5 pages)

               This section should provide a baseline understanding of
               the technology, service, industry, domain, or issue in
               question, and define terms.  A picture of the current
               "state-of-play" should emerge from the section.

          C.   Analysis and Forecast (approx. 12-15 pages)

               This third section is the heart of the paper and as such,
               should look at some of the broad factors (economic,
               legal/regulatory, social, technical) influencing
               deployment decisions.  In particular, authors should (to
               the extent relevant): (a) identify contingencies and
               uncertainties affecting investment decisions; (b) discuss
               factors used by the industry/domain in making the
               business case for a new technology; and (c) make
               projections regarding the next 5-7 years.  This section
               should also include a discussion of barriers to resolving
               any outstanding problems/issues.

          D.   Recommendations (approx. 3-4 pages)

               In this final section, authors should state whether and
               how the problem(s) identified can best be addressed by
               the private sector, the public sector, or by a cooperative
               effort between the two.

          E.   Additional Resources (optional)

               A listing of relevant documents, analyses, forecasts is
               welcome.  Authors may attach these source materials as

                 For more information, contact John Godfrey, CSTB,

                Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
                          National Research Council

                      NII 2000:  CALL FOR WHITE PAPERS

                                RESPONSE FORM

  Complete and return to CSTB by February 28

  (Circle One:   Mr.    Ms.    Professor    Dr.)





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