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World Affairs Council Of Philadelphia Info Highway Conference,
From: David Farber <farber () central cis upenn edu>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 1995 19:51:00 -0500

World Affairs Council Of Philadelphia & Unisys

The Information Superhighway

Tuesday, January 24, 1995

The Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
17th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA


Imagine shopping, banking, and working from the comfort and privacy of
your home. Consider the wonders which might be achieved through distance
learning and telemedicine. Ponder the endless possibilities offered by
immediate access to a whole world of information at your fingertips.

Welcome to the Information Superhighway.

What will life be like during the Information Age? How will humanism be
maintained as machines assume a grecter place in society? Will the highway
be used to enhance qualify of life for all? Issues of access, distribution
and ownership of information become paramount.  White-hot debates
regarding privacy and censorship rage on.

At this day-long event, we will explore the political, social, and
economic impact of the Information Superhighway. Panelists and conference
attendees will examine how this revolution in information technology will
change our lives - at home, school, and work. We will look af the role of
government as technologies converge to offer applications never before
considered.  Business leaders will offer their visions of a new world
defined by access and interaction. We will also discuss issues
particularly relevant to the work of fhe World Affairs Council,
specifically, what all of this means for international relations and

In addition to the days discussions, an interactive media gallery called
"Touch the Future" will allow you to experience firsthand how this
technology works. You may choose to view one of the Louvre's most
treasured collections, shop at the world's first "virtual mall," or simply
explore endless avenues on the Internet.

The future is now! Fasten your seat belts and join us for a high speed
adventure on the most popular highway in the world.


   7:30 a. m. Registration / Breakfast

   8: 00 a. m. Welcome
          Buntzie Ellis Churchill, President
          World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

   8:15 a.m. Conference Chairman's Opening Remarks
          James Burke
          Author, Science Historian, Television Host, Writer, Producer

   9:00 a.m. "Shifting Into Gear"
          How the Superhighway Will Change Our Lives at Home, School, and Work

       A Panel Discussion
       Moderator: James Burke

       Walter Bender, Associate Director for Information Technology
       Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Laborctory

       Michael J. Emmi, Chairman and CEO
       Systems and Computer Technology, Inc.

       Stephen Hamlin, Vice President of Operations
       QVC Interactive, QVC, Inc.

       Bernard Luskin, Vice Chair
       The Mind Extension University

       Joseph D. Moore, Acting President
       Franklin Institute Science Museum

       Jim Snider, Consumer-education Expert
       Author, Future Shop

   10:30 a.m, "A Technology Primer" (concurrent with 'Touch the Future")
          Daniel A. Updegrove, Facilitator
          Associate Vice Provost
          Information Systems and Computing, University of Pennsylvania
          A half-hour beginner's workshop on the technology, terms and
          concepts of the Information Superhighway.

   Also at 10:30 a.m. "Touch the Future" (concurrent with 'A Technology
          A hands-on exhibit space of information age prototypes designed
          to enhance education, entertainment, health care, interpersonal
          communication, and workplace efficiency.

   11:30 a.m. Registration / Reception

   12:00 p.m. Lunch

   12:45 p.m. Keynote Remarks
          Al Gore, Vice President of the United States (invited)
          "The National Information Infrastructure"

   2:00 p.m. "Creating a Highway Patrol"
          Government Regulation, Equal Access, Ownership, and Privacy

       A Panel Discussion
       Moderator: Jeffrey Chester, Executive Director
       Center for Media Education

       Scott Charney, Chief of Computer Crimes Unit
       U.S. Department of Justice

       Whitfield Diffe, Distinguished Engineer, Computer Security
       Specialist Sun Microsystems

       Wade Henderson, Director, Washington Bureau
       National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

       Reed Hundt, Chairman (invited)
       Federal Communications Commission

       Kenneth R. Kay, Executive Director
       Computer Systems Policy Project

       Donald W. McClellan, Jr. (invited)
       Legislative Assistant, Commerce and Telecommunications
       to Senator Larry Pressler (R.,SD)

       Bradley Stillman, Legislative Counsel
       Consumer Federation of America

       Drew Taubman, Executive Director
       Electronic Frontier Foundation

   3:30 p.m. Break

   3:45 p.m. "Time Zones, Borders, Intellectual Property - Obsolete?"
       A Panel Discussion
       Moderator: James Burke

       David J. Farber, Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of
       Telecommunication Systems
       University of Pennsylvania

       Anna-Maria Kovacs, Securities Analyst, Telecommunications
       Vice President
       Janney Montgomery Scott

       Michael Masin, Vice Chairman
       GTE Corporation

       Anthony Rutkowski, Executive Director
       The Internet Society

       Terri Southwick (invited)
       Office of Legislative and International Affairs
       U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

       David Tudge, Vice President, CFO

   5:15 p. m. "Touch the Future" interactive gallery; see listing at
          10:30 a.m.

   5:45 p.m. Reception (concurrent with "Touch the Future")

   6:15 p.m. "Architects of the Information Superhighway"
          Panel Moderator: James Burke

       Robert E. Allen, Chairman and CEO (invited)

       Gerald M. Levin, Chairman and CEO
       Time Warner

       Brian L. Roberts, President
       Comcast Corporation

       James A. Unruh, Chairman and CEO

   8:00 p.m. Dinner


$175 Members of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
$190 Non-members
Registration for individual sessions also available
Free to full time students for lecture segments (excluding luncheon & dinner)


Phone:  (215) 731-1100          Fax: (215) 731-1111
Email:  wac () libertynet org
URL:    http://libertynet.org/wac/conference.html

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