of Virginia to Host e-summit@virginia, a Public Conference About
the Internet, Led By Industry Leaders
Oct. 15, 1999 -- How 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
all, it is revolutionary. This technology, which is changing the
world, will be the subject of debate Nov. 12 and 13 on the historic
grounds of the University of Virginia. Thirty-three Internet industry
pioneers and visionaries will convene for e-summit@virginia,
a free public forum about the Internet, and on the Internet. This
group of leading executives share one common trait: they are all
University of Virginia graduates who believe in the Jeffersonian
principle of wise revolution.
in e-summit@virginia include:
Abraham, COO for the Internet company iVillage
W. Bonnie, vice chairman of CNET
Bertram Ellis Jr., CEO of the interactive digital company
Fitt, managing director of the investment, finance and research
company Goldman Sachs
A. Koogle, CEO of the Web browser company Yahoo!
M. Minor, CEO of the Internet news and information company CNET
D. Nuechterlein, managing director at National Gypsum Co.
B. Templeton, president and director of the server-based computing
company Citrix Systems, Inc.
C. Walker, senior managing director of the global private equity
organization Chase Capital Partners
the spirit of U.Va. founder Thomas Jefferson, these Internet visionaries
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 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.
event is one of several activities of Virginia
2020, a university-wide planning initiative set to power the
University into the 21st century.
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
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 web;
privacy and personal security; winners and losers in a changing
economy; free expression and censorship; and new ways to serve the
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. The forum is certain to
be a lively discussion about the revolutionary ideals of information
and democracy -- that founded this nation and this university --
and how they can be applied to a technology that is revolutionizing
the world. 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."
morning e-summit@virginia plenary session on Nov. 12 is Forecasting
the Future/Jeffersonian Principles in the Internet Age. Afternoon
concurrent sessions will look at such topics as: Legal and Regulatory
Issues; Ownership and Copyright; the Internet, Media and Politics;
Privacy, Security and Society; Creativity, Entertainment and the
Arts; Teaching and Learning; Reconceptualizing Commerce; and Entrepreneurship
and Wealth Creation. The topic of the Nov. 13 plenary session is
The Academical Village in the Internet Age.
plenary sessions will be held in U.Va.'s Cabell Hall Auditorium.
Concurrent sessions will be held at several locations on University
Grounds. All sessions are free and open to the public. The conference
also will be streamed live onto the Internet at www.virginia.edu/e-summit.
Advance information about the forum can also be found there.
conference is presented by the Office
of the President, John T. Casteen III, and Virginia 2020. It
is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and FORTUNE magazine.
more information, the public should call (804) 924-1366.
media: A press conference will be held Nov. 12, noon-12:30 p.m.
To register, or to arrange an interview with one of the participants,
please contact Fariss Samarrai at (804) 924-3778, (804) 924-7116
Complete information about e-summit@virginia
can be found at www.virginia.edu/e-summit.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778