Conference Registration, Interviews, Video and Photography can be arranged by contacting Heather McLellan at +1-617-661-7900


Topics Include Internet Security, Web Content Rating Systems, Virtual Reality, Spoken Language Interfaces, Future of Web-Based Education

CAMBRIDGE, MA.-- November 13, 1995 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) and The Open Software Foundation (OSF) are sponsoring the Fourth International World Wide Web Conference from December 11-14 at Bostons Copley Marriott Hotel.

Titled The Web Revolution, the conference will feature world-renowned thinkers and visionaries from industry and academia on topics such as Internet security, content rating systems for pornography screening, virtual reality, spoken language interfaces and the future of Web-based education. The conference will also feature technical sessions by Web creators, exhibits showcasing breakthrough Web technology and a developers forum to highlight emerging technologies.

The Web Revolution will be a true meeting of the minds, a chance to take stock of what is happening now in Web technology and standards and a time to preview where it is likely to take us into the next century, says Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which is housed at MITs Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS).

Other key conference speakers will include: Bran Ferren, Executive Vice President, Creative Technology, Walt Disney Imagineering; Robert Lucky, Corporate Vice President, Applied Research, Bellcore; Robert Metcalfe, Vice President, Technology, International Data Group; Edward Bennett, President and CEO, Prodigy Services Company; John Patrick, Vice President, Internet Applications, IBM; Terry Lund, Director, R&D Marketing Liaison, Eastman Kodak Company; and Victor Zue, Associate Director of the LCS and head of the Spoken Language Systems group.

The International World Wide Web Conference Series has sparked a tremendous international following since the series began in 1994. The first conference was held in Geneva in May 1994, the second in Chicago in October 1994, and the third in Darmstadt, Germany in April 1995. The fifth is scheduled to be held in Paris in May 1996.

Media interested in attending the World Wide Web Conference should contact Heather McLellan at (617) 661-7900. For those unable to attend, key sessions will be broadcast via Multicast Backbone (M-BONE) on the Internet. Please call Julianne Orsino at (617) 253-4087 for further information on Internet broadcasts or on conference registration. Additionally, interested parties can visit the WWW Conference Web site at: http://www.w3.org/WWW4/.

The W3C was created to develop common standards for the evolution of the World Wide Web. It is an industry consortium run by MITs Laboratory for Computer Science and INRIA. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; a reference code implementation to embody and promote standards; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, the Consortium comprises more than 90 organizations.

Now in its third decade, MITs Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) is dedicated to the invention, development and understanding of information technologies expected to drive substantial technical and socio-economic change. The LCS has helped information technology grow from a mere curiosity to 10 percent of the industrial worlds economies by its pioneering efforts in interactive computing, computer networking, distributed systems and public key cryptography. LCS members and alumni have started some thirty companies and have pioneered the Nubus, the X-Window System, the RSA algorithm, the Ethernet and spreadsheets.

The Open Software Foundation (OSF) is a coalition of worldwide IT vendors and users in industry, government and academia that leverage their economic investments by working together to provide the best open systems technology solutions for distributed computing environments. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in Brussels, Grenoble and Tokyo, OSF has more than 380 members worldwide.