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NSF PA/M 03-04 - January 21, 2003

Commerce Secretary, President's Science Advisor to Keynote Conference on Economic and Social Implications of Information Technology

Despite the bursting of the dot-com bubble, information technology continues to enable deep and important changes in business, commerce, technology, science and knowledge production, community and society. Most of these changes are not visible on the surface, or they have been obscured by myth and hype. The Transforming Enterprise conference will look "beyond the bubble" and examine what's still happening, what's new, and what's coming. The conference is supported by the National Science Foundation's Digital Society and Technologies program and hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Decision-makers, whether in business, government or nonprofit organizations, need an accurate understanding of the changes spawned by information technology and the digitization of information. This conference is an opportunity to hear from senior Bush administration officials as well as from international experts in economics, social science and information technology research.



Keynote speakers will include:
Don Evans, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
John Marburger, President's Science Advisor
Floyd Kvamme, Co-chair, President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)


The First International Conference on the Economic and Social Implications of Information Technology


January 27-28, 2003


Main auditorium
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th St. and Constitution Ave.
Washington, DC

The conference is co-sponsored by the Interagency Working Group on Information Technology Research and Development; University of California, Irvine's Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations; the UC Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; the European Commission's Information Society Directorate General; the U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Administration; University of Maryland's Center for Information Policy; University of Michigan's School of Information; and the Progress and Freedom Foundation.

The conference is open to the public. The fee is $100 standard; $60 for government, academic, or nonprofits. For registration or agenda details, see

For more information contact:

Media contact:

 David Hart




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