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NEWS FROM INET2000 #4

NEWS FROM INET2000 #4
The closing plenary of INET2000 opened with the awarding of 
the Jon Postel Award for outstanding contributions to the 
development of the Internet to Scott Bradner, key member of 
the IETF and Vice President of Standards for ISOC.  
The keynote speaker was Dr. Ken-ichi Ohmae, author of the 
book "The Invisible Economy". He equated the creation of 
wealth with the process that involves receiving information, 
adding value and re-emitting that information. In this 
context, he insisted that nation states are on the decline 
because such information-based wealth creation is difficult 
within the boundaries of countries. Nation states are at 
odds with the e-Economy. In replying to the question as to 
what has to be done, he banked on regions, saying that states 
have to enable regions to work with the global economy. 
According to him, the optimal regional unit is around 3 -10 
million people, each requiring a well educated population, 
a set of stable policies, an IT infrastructure and 
appropriate cyberlaws. 
-- 
Howard Flack        http://www.unige.ch/crystal/ahdf/Howard.Flack.html
Laboratoire de Cristallographie               Phone: 41 (22) 702 62 49
24 quai Ernest-Ansermet             mailto:Howard.Flack@cryst.unige.ch
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