to host public forum with alumni about the future of the Internet
does technology go to the heart of human experience? Through the
stream of the Internet. To some, the Internet is an untrained
river of commerce and pornography. To others it is a conduit of
inspiration and democracy that unites the common experience of
people across cultures and international boundaries.
To all, it is revolutionary. This technology, which is changing
the world, will be the subject of debate at U.Va. Nov. 12 and
13, when 33 Internet industry pioneers and visionaries convene
a free public forum about the Internet, that will be broadcast
online. This group of leading executives share one common trait:
they are all University alumni who believe in the Jeffersonian
principle of wise revolution.
Allison Abraham, COO for the Internet company iVillage;
W. Bonnie, vice chairman of CNET;
U. Bertram Ellis Jr., CEO of the interactive digital company
Lawton Fitt, managing director of the investment, finance and
research company Goldman Sachs;
Timothy A. Koogle, CEO of the web browser company Yahoo!;
Halsey M. Minor, CEO of the Internet news and information company
Jeffrey D. Nuechterlein, managing director at National Gypsum
Mark B. Templeton, president and director of the server-based
computing company Citrix Systems, Inc.; and
Jeffrey C. Walker, senior managing director of the global private
equity organization Chase Capital Partners.
In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, participants will imagine the
future, examine our assumptions, and weigh the challenges of serving
the common good in provocative public discussions. The forum is
designed to engage panels of industry executives, University students
and the general audience in a lively debate on theoretical and
practical implications of Internet technology, and the rights
and responsibilities of business leaders, government and private
the conference, panelists will present their forecasts for the
future of the Information Age, discuss the traditional Jeffersonian
principles they share, and look at how Jefferson's concept of
the Academical Village can extend learning and democracy to the
global village via the Internet.
The event is one of several activities of Virginia 2020, a University-wide
planning initiative set to power the University into the 21st
"The e-summit is an extraordinary event for the University
of Virginia," says President John T. Casteen III. "It
brings together more than two dozen University alumni who are
leaders in the new technology age that is reshaping our lives
and revolutionizing the global economy. My hope for the conference,
as for the entire Virginia 2020 initiative, is that it will do
at least two things: engage alumni, faculty and students in provocative
explorations of theoretical, practical, social and ethical issues
that really matter; and generate plans of action for the University
to follow over the next 20 or so years."
of the executives who are participating in the summit believe
that U.Va.'s rigorous liberal arts emphasis, grounded in ethical
thinking, is the key to their personal philosophies and the success
of their companies.
any company, and especially a company in this field, requires
that you be good at a lot of things," says Halsey Minor,
CEO at CNET. "The liberal arts background I got at Virginia
helps me to do that."
of the issues that will be discussed include: access to the World
Wide Web, privacy and personal security, winners and losers in
a changing economy, free expression and censorship, and new ways
to serve the common good.
University of Virginia has produced some of the most interesting
and dynamic leaders in the Internet industry," says Robert
Sweeney, vice president for development at U.Va. "These executives
are taking the Jeffersonian values of ethics and self-responsibility,
and incorporating them with technology -- sort of an old twist
on something new. Š We have invited these alumni to come back
and re-engage in the life of the University. It is a homecoming
for which they can inspire our students and community, as well
as the faculty that initially inspired them."
A complete schedule will appear in next week's Inside UVA. All
sessions are free and open to the public.
conference also will be streamed live onto its web site. The conference,
presented by the Office of the President and Virginia 2020, is
sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and FORTUNE magazine.
information, call 924-1366 or see http://www.virginia.edu/e-summit.