The Honorable Donald W. Upson serves as the Commonwealth of Virginia's first Secretary of Technology. Appointed by Governor Jim Gilmore on May 21, 1998, Don Upson brings more than two decades of government, corporate and high technology experience to the Commonwealth of Virginia's state government. Secretary Upson is the first cabinet secretary in the country to have responsibility of ensuring coordinated planning and effective development of the Commonwealth's public sector information technology resources while also working with the Commonwealth's fast growing information technology private sector to make Virginia an even better state for information technology businesses.

Once he began his term of service to the Commonwealth, Secretary Upson took the initiative in addressing the needs of State and local government and presides as Chairman of Governor Gilmore's Council on Technology Services (COTS). The statutory COTS Council, consisting of 23 representatives from state and local government agencies and institutions, is charged with implementing electronic government including procurement services, communications and computing architecture and coordination of technologies-based systems at all levels of government.

Secretary Upson also chairs the Governor's Commission on Information Technology, which played a national leadership role in defining actions states should take to promote responsible growth of the Internet. In addition to this Internet Policy Act, the Commission produced three other widely read reports covering the issues of a statewide technology investment strategy, technology workforce challenges, and a tax and regulatory environment for the Information Age.

As Secretary of Technology, Don Upson serves on several Boards, Councils and Committees. To name a few, they include the VIPNET Authority, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology Board of Directors, CIO Academy's Advisory Board, The Governor's Procurement Task Force, Century Date Change Initiative Steering Committee, College of Integrated Science & Technology Executive Advisory Council, Virginia's Workforce Council, VGIN Advisory Board, and Virginia's Commercial Space Flight Advisory Board.

Before his appointment, Mr. Upson was Vice President of Business Development at Litton PRC. Joining the company in 1992, he was responsible for cheap wicked tickets strategic relationships and programs, advertising and media, and goverment affairs.

Mr. Upson has been named to Federal Computer Week's Federal 100, which honors the top 100 government and industry leaders in the Federal information technology market, for six years and served as judge for this prestigious awards ceremony for two years.

From 1986 to 1992, Upson served as the Republican staff director of the House Government Operations Committee. He directed a staff of 17 and was responsible for all staff support for the 15 Republican Members of the committee. In this position, Mr. Upson played major roles in procurement reform initiatives, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Chief Financial Officers' Act, the Inspector General Act and a host of trade-related legislations. He also was the principal Republican staff person responsible for the committee's comprehensive oversight of the information technology acquisition process.

Mr. Upson was the principal assistant to Congressman Frank Horton (R-NY) from 1982 to 1986. He was also director of regulatory affairs for Colt Industries from 1980 to 1982. He held the position of legislative assistant to Congressman Horton begining in 1987, after his graduation from California State University Chico. Mr. Upson currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Cynthia and his daughter Sarah.

 


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This is the page that collects useful online internet technology of hosting tools. But what is really going on at this blog? I’ll try to write about web hosts that I use. Mention their pros and cons, and I will try to provide an objective assessment of the extent of their services. I believe that it is this knowledge that I am going to share here will be useful not only for the advanced but also for those who are just starting their adventure with their own web sites.

As we know a server is a different computer or set of computers, on which clients sites are stored. Usually, they are very powerful machines, often better than our personal computers, because in the end they have a lot of work to do supporting numerous visitors to a lot of websites.

Can I explain what it is that web hosting? Well, it is a way to purchase space on someone else’s server in order to publish on it your pages or storing of data or files. Normally you can not publish the pages on your computer, so that Internet users have seen it (theoretically possible, but not profitable at normal speed home Internet). Hence the need to use the services of companies that have their own servers connected to high-speed internet network. Here’s the first tool I use called: Porownanie hostingow. It lets you compare various hosting offers mainly from Poland. Believe me that their prices are bargain – you just need someone with a bank account in Poland to help you order and pay for such hosting.

What’s more about this porównanie hostingów? It is a tool for webmasters and ordinary Internet users allowing to examine which company provides the server hosting the website page you’re interested. This tool is especially useful if you want to check the competition website operating in your industry. You can also use it if you want to track down a person who violates the law, for example, publicates illegal content or stealing content of your page.

On the home page you’ll see a field where you can enter the name of any party, and then you press the Check button and everything becomes clear.
If you are looking for shared hosting at a reasonable price sure to check out their ranking of web hosts. Here you will find detailed information about the parameters of hosting accounts provided by 102 companies (including the account capacity, data transfer, the number of databases, price), as well as user feedback on the calculation of the average rating of each of the web hosts.

 The other recommended tool is Google Drive. It lets you store your files in a safe 5 GB place for free. It lets you also to share your files with exactly who you want and edit all of them, from any device. You can upgrade to 25 GB for less than $2.50 a month.

So much for the introduction. More interesting information about web hosts and internet technology will appear in the next entries on this blog.
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(Newport News, Va.-June 22, 2000) Internet TIC and VECTEC are pleased to announce Jones Losenoidoomock, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, PC (JBWK), one of the preeminent law firms in Southeastern Virginia, as a lead sponsor for the Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000), the second annual statewide conference on information technology. VIT Conference 2000 will be held September 19-21, 2000 at the Marriott Hotel in historic Williamsburg, Va.

JBWK, the largest law firm on the Virginia Peninsula, provides expertise in both individual and corporate areas of professional legal assistance throughout the Commonwealth and the Eastern United States. "The pervasiveness of e-commerce has come upon us so rapidly that the perception is that this explosion of the availability and quantity of information has not yet reached an end point; this is undoubtedly true, but the failure to fully embrace e-commerce at this point would put any business endeavor at a significant disadvantage," said Business and Technology Law practice group Chairman Conway Sheild. "The only choice is to become functionally literate now in e-commerce as it continues to evolve, use it, and recognize that while it is not yet perfected, those who avoid it do so at their peril." Supporting VIT Conference 2000 as a sponsor and presenter are tangible ways that JBWK shows its commitment to helping businesses make the change to e-commerce efficiently and effectively.

On Tuesday, September 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Svein Lassen, Managing Partner of JBWK, will moderate a panel of experts discussing "UCITA-Rules for the Information Highway." Virginia has passed a comprehensive law backed by Microsoft and other leading software vendors that will be effective in July of 2001, which according to opponents is controversial. Proponents say the law, UCITA (The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act), will bring uniformity to software licensing regulations while opponents contend the law is too broad and will impose uncertainty on their right to use licensed software. Panelists in this topical debate will discuss: the benefits UCITA will have on the Commonwealth of Virginia and on e-commerce in the state, along with the adverse effects of UCITA. Other UCITA panelists include: Mr. Skip Lockwood, Director, 4CITE; the Honorable Joe May, 33rd District, Virginia House of Delegates; Mr. Carlye Ring, Jr., Of Counsel, Ober, Kaler and Grimes and Commissioner from the Virginia to National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL); and Mr. Rick Barry, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.

In discussing the panel, Mr. Ring commented, "In recent remarks, Alan Greenspan commented that the information technologies have altered 'the manner in which we do business and create value'. Information technologies are the fastest growing sector of our economy and the Department of Commerce projects that by 2006, information industries will constitute over half of the U.S. employment. But there are no uniform rules for the Information Highway. The White House and the Global Business Dialogue on E-Commerce both press for uniform rules with a 'sense of urgency'. For the past 8 years the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) have been drafting uniform rules with extensive input from industries (licensors and licensees), governmental agencies, and public interest groups. UCITA is an effort at consensus among many interests to preserve the states' role in contract law. UCITA has broad support from banking, securities and merchantile exchanges, large and small software developers, computer manufacturers, users of software and online information, and 14 trade associations with broad memberships."

"This VIT 2000 conference panel is of the greatest importance because UCITA is a landmark piece of legislation that addresses one of the most important public policy agendas before the Legislature this year the licensing of computer technology to businesses and end user," said Mr. Barry, past president of the Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, a nonprofit, public interest organization that addresses benefits and risks to society resulting from the use of computers. "It goes to the heart (and hard drive) of every citizen (and every citizen's computer) and enshrines in the law what is already anything but a level playing field for the ordinary consumer. I am stunned to see how this was pushed through the legislature last year with not a single state senator challenging its provisions and only two state legislators having the courage to vote against it."

Other conference sessions focusing on legal issues are: "E-Commerce: Legal Pitfalls for the Unwary" presented by Sharon Nelson, Fairfax Bar Association; "Top Ten Current & Future Legal Issues Facing Internet and Information Businesses"; "Privacy Issues" presented by Gary Mills, JBWK; and "Overview UCITA" presented by Dr. Matthew Smith, JBWK.

Continuing education credits are planned for CLE certification.

VIT Conference 2000 is sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding; Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, PC; Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT); Verizon Communications; Compass Technology Management; United Parcel Service; KPMG, LLP; Continental Properties Corporation; James City County, Va.; and Potomac Technology Journal. It will be hosted by the Internet Technology Innovation Center (Internet TIC), a partnership of eleven centers of excellence at four Commonwealth universities-Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Internet TIC is funded by Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology.

Conference registration includes admittance to all conference events including the keynote and feature speaker addresses, as well as PDS sessions and meals. The price to attend is $320 per person with early registration prior to August 25, 2000; $395 per person after August 25, 2000. Detailed information and online registration forms can be found at http://www.vitconference.org or call 757-594-7092.
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The following are press releases regarding VIT Conference 2000:

VIT Conference 2000 Announces Line-Up of Speakers/Topics and Encourages Early Registration

VIT Conference 2000 Signs JBWK as Lead Sponsor and Offers Panels on UCITA, Legal Issues Facing IT Companies

VIT Conference 2000 Extends Early Registration Deadline to August 25, 2000

VSCPA certifies VIT Conference 2000 for 19 CPE credits.

The following are news articles regarding VIT Conference 2000:

July 17, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

July 3, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

June 26, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: Lineup for Technology Conference Stacked
"A top executive from Amazon.com has joined the lineup of speakers for the Virginia Internet Technology (VIT) Conference 2000 being held in Williamsburg Sept. 19-21."

June 25, 2000:
Daily Press: Hampton Roads, Business Roundup

June 22, 2000:
Daily Press: 'Big names' lined up for Internet conference
"Organizers of the Virginia Internet Technology Conference - which is expected to bring 350 to 450 participants to Williamsburg's Marriott Hotel this fall - announced on Wednesday two widely respected people as the conference's keynote speakers."

June 20, 2000:
Coalfield Progress: Internet conference focuses on e-commerce
"The Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000) will feature an extensive line-up of well-known technology experts to discuss the top issues facing e-business at its statewide conference on e-commerce."

June 19, 2000:
Inside Business: Upson, Warner to speak at state tech conference
"State Secretary of Technology Donald Upson and telecommunications millionaire Mark Warner, who is a likely gubernatorial candidate, will speak at the Virginia Internet Technology Conference 2000 to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Williamsburg." You can visit:  book of mormon dc tickets

May 22, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: THE EAR

May 15, 2000:
Inside Business: State Internet group to sponsor meeting in September
"The Internet Technology Innovation Center will sponsor its second annual conference, called "Entering, Leveraging and Exploiting E-Commerce Opportunities in the Business World," Sept. 19-21 at the Williamsburg Marriott."

May 15, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

May 6 & 20, 2000:
Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg: Calendar

May 3, 2000:
The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg: Big e-commerce confab coming
"A major conference on electronic commerce is scheduled for Williamsburg in September."

April 24, 2000:
HRTC Nets and Links: Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000)

April 10 and 17, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: Tech Calendar

April 4, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

April 3 and 17, 2000:
HRTC Nets and Links: Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000)

March 13, 2000:
Virginia Business Observer: Internet TIC and VECTEC make VIT 2000 national-level event
"The Internet Technology Innovation Center in conjunction with the Virginia Electronic Commerce Technology Center is working to make the second annual Virginia Internet Technology Conference - called VIT Conference 2000 - in Williamsburg a national-level event. "

February 7-13, 2000:
Inside Business: VECTEC Conference Set
"Organizers of the Virginia Internet Technology Conference scheduled for September 19-21 at the Williamsburg Marriott Hotel are looking for sponsors and speakers for the conference, which is designed for small to medium-sized businesses."

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The following are news articles regarding VIT Conference 2000:

July 17, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

July 3, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

June 26, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: Lineup for Technology Conference Stacked
"A top executive from Amazon.com has joined the lineup of speakers for the Virginia Internet Technology (VIT) Conference 2000 being held in Williamsburg Sept. 19-21."

June 25, 2000:
Daily Press: Hampton Roads, Business Roundup

June 22, 2000:
Daily Press: 'Big names' lined up for Internet conference
"Organizers of the Virginia Internet Technology Conference - which is expected to bring 350 to 450 participants to Williamsburg's Marriott Hotel this fall - announced on Wednesday two widely respected people as the conference's keynote speakers."

June 20, 2000:
Coalfield Progress: Internet conference focuses on e-commerce
"The Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000) will feature an extensive line-up of well-known technology experts to discuss the top issues facing e-business at its statewide conference on e-commerce."

June 19, 2000:
Inside Business: Upson, Warner to speak at state tech conference
"State Secretary of Technology Donald Upson and telecommunications millionaire Mark Warner, who is a likely gubernatorial candidate, will speak at the Virginia Internet Technology Conference 2000 to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Williamsburg."

May 22, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: THE EAR

May 15, 2000:
Inside Business: State Internet group to sponsor meeting in September
"The Internet Technology Innovation Center will sponsor its second annual conference, called "Entering, Leveraging and Exploiting E-Commerce Opportunities in the Business World," Sept. 19-21 at the Williamsburg Marriott."

May 15, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

May 6 & 20, 2000:
Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg: Calendar

May 3, 2000:
The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg: Big e-commerce confab coming
"A major conference on electronic commerce is scheduled for Williamsburg in September."

April 24, 2000:
HRTC Nets and Links: Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000)

April 10 and 17, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: Tech Calendar

April 4, 2000:
Dolan's Virginia Business Observer: The EAR

April 3 and 17, 2000:
HRTC Nets and Links: Virginia Internet Technology Conference (VIT Conference 2000)

March 13, 2000:
Virginia Business Observer: Internet TIC and VECTEC make VIT 2000 national-level event
"The Internet Technology Innovation Center in conjunction with the Virginia Electronic Commerce Technology Center is working to make the second annual Virginia Internet Technology Conference - called VIT Conference 2000 - in Williamsburg a national-level event. "

February 7-13, 2000:
Inside Business: VECTEC Conference Set
"Organizers of the Virginia Internet Technology Conference scheduled for September 19-21 at the Williamsburg Marriott Hotel are looking for sponsors and speakers for the conference, which is designed for small to medium-sized businesses."


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Tuesday, September 19

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration at Registration Desk
Corporate Partner Exhibits in Promenade
Continental Breakfast & Coffee Service in Promenade

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session
Dr. Afred C. Weaver, Director, Internet TIC
Ms. Anne A. Armstrong, President, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology

Featured Speaker:
The Honorable Donald W. Upson, Secretary of Virginia, Commonwealth of Virginia

Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Michael A. Daniels, Chairman, Network Solutions, Inc. and Sector Vice President, SAIC
The Global Tidal Wave of E-Commerce & Key Internet Issues of the Future

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.

PANELS:

UCITA – Rules for the Information Highway

Virginia has passed a comprehensive law backed by Microsoft and other leading software vendors that will be effective in July of 2001. Proponents say the law, UCITA (The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act), will bring uniformity to software licensing regulations while opponents contend the law is too broad and will impose uncertainty on their right to use licensed software. Panelists in this great debate will discuss: the benefits UCITA will have on the Commonwealth of Virginia and on e-commerce in the state, along with the adverse effects of wayback machine downloader UCITA.

Moderator:
Mr. Svein J. Lassen, Managing Partner, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, PC

Panelists:
The Honorable Joe T. May, 33rd District, Virginia House of Delegates
Mr. Rick Barry, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, Board of Directors
Mr. Carlyle C. Ring, Jr., Of Counsel, Ober, Kaler and Grimes and Commissioner, from Virginia to National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL)
Mr. Douglas Koelemay, Vice President of Public Affairs, Northern Virginia Technology Council
Mr. Jonathon Band, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Technology & Journalism: Marketing & Public Relations for the Information Age

This technology and journalism round table will give you the edge when it comes to pushing your next technology story. Learn what kinds of stories technology journalists are looking for, how to tailor your information more effectively and make valuable contacts across the state.

Moderator:
Mr. John Stein Monroe, Executive Editor of Federal Computer Week, and Editor of Civic.com

Panelists:
Mr. Tom Davidson, Site Manager, dailypress.com
Mr. Edward Sutcliffe, Editor & Publisher, Dolan's Virginia Business Observer
Mr. Peter Galuszka, Executive Editor, Virginia Business Magazine
Mr. Bernard Dagenias, Editor, Potomac Tech Journal

Mergers, Acquisitions & IPOs: What the CEO, CFO & CIO Need to Know

Designing and implementing sound growth goals through mergers, acquisitions and an initial and secondary public offering strategy can be critical to business success. Change, no longer the exception, is the rule in today’s and tomorrow’s business arena. To intelligently respond to such dynamic marketplace conditions requires vision, experience, and industry-specific knowledge. Deloitte & Touche, KPMG and Witt, Mares & Co. professionals balance a forward-looking perspective with solid know-how and proven execution.

Moderator:
Mr. Robert Eveleigh, Chief Financial Officer, Metro Information Services

Panelists:
Mr. Avery Munnings, M&A Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Ms. Candace Duncan, Assurance Partner, KPMG
Mr. Michael Mares, Tax Partner, Witt Mares & Co.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Delivering Business Transformation in the New Economy
Mr. Timothy F. Hult, Executive Vice President, E-Business Practices, iXL, Inc.

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

The Incubator Process – A Look at Whereoware.com
Mr. Robert Acosta, Founder & President, Ventera Corp.

You hear about the lure of e-business and the excitement of making e-commerce a reality, but what is it really like to serve as an incubator to refine, package, develop and sell the solution? This presentation will focus on the experience, technical expertise, contacts and resources needed to incubate start-up e-businesses.

Predicting the Unpredictable – A Look Forward at Communications
Mr. David J. Farber, Chief Technologist of the Federal Communications Commission and Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications Systems at the University of Pennsylvania

Given the rate of change of the world’s communications systems, it is difficult to predict the future. Farber will attempt to do so looking 10 years in the future and outlining the major dramatic changes that will affect our industry and the world.

e-Records, the Sleeping Time Bomb within e-Commerce
Mr. Richard Barry, Principal, Barry Associates

This session will cover risks associated with the use of most electronic systems (ERP, EDMS, websites, email, B2B, B2C, etc.) that create high volumes of records but do not properly manage or dispose of them for legal and good-practice recordkeeping purposes without specific policies and technology fixes in place, and strategies for getting it right.

Acquisition & Procurement Issues in the Federal Government
Dr. Joseph Ferrara, Director of Studies & Initiatives, Office of the Secretary of Defense

This presentation will provide new directions in Defense acquisition and technology policy, evolutionary acquisition strategies and commercial technologies, and changes in the Defense acquisition process to better meet the demands of the post-Cold War environment.

Project Collaboration on the Web
Mr. Rick Fox, Product Manager, Business Engine Software

Assembling and managing geographically dispersed project teams present unique challenges for professional and IT technical resources. New web-based software offers a variety of tools and functionality to meet the challenge. This session will explore: some of the new "models" for assembling and managing a "virtual" team, some of the companies in the marketplace offering solutions and the challenges of leveraging these tools.

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Show Me the Money! How to Attract & Work with Venture Investors
Mr. John Hurley, Strategic Advisor, Morino Institute/Mid Atlantic Venture Association

Participants will receive an overview of venture activity in the Mid-Atlantic region, along with the best practices when seeking venture capital and the role of entrepreneur and venture capitalist after investment is made.

Starting and Building an Internet Company: Landmines and Goldmines
Ms. Mary MacPherson, Executive Director, Morino Institute’s Netpreneur.org

What's the difference between the companies that you read about and the ones that you don't? This presentation focuses on the elements that influence what happens to startups in the New Economy -- from concept to business plan, to building a team, going after funding, market strategies and growing the business. Lessons learned from Internet entrepreneurs.

The Future of Networking
Mr. Frank Butler, President, Information Technologies Corporation

Use the Internet to eliminate your in-house network, reduce your company’s networking costs and improve quality and performance, and access your network applications from your car, home, hotel or just about anywhere else anytime you want.

Legal Tender in Cyberspace
Mr. Ali Ersheid, Director of Product Marketing, CyberCash

This session will provide an overview of online payments and consumer attitudes toward online payments. The session will also explore whether we are we ready for Internet legal tender and address new technology and the future of online payments.

Partnerships Online: It’s the Name of the Game
Mr. Edward Moed, Co-founder & Managing Partner, PepperCom, Inc.

The need for partnerships, identifying and creating partnerships, maintaining a successful partnership and how to evaluate partnerships will all be addressed during this dynamic presentation.

Wednesday, September 20
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Internet 2 and Next Generation Internet
Mr. Jeff Crowder and Mr. Carl Harris – Net.work.Virginia

Crowder and Harris’ thought provoking talk will discuss the status of national Internet2 and federal Next Generation Internet initiatives and provide an overview of key technology changes. They will also present a next generation Internet project being implemented in Virginia and describe how it will reach communities throughout the state.

E-Commerce: Legal Pitfalls for the Unwary
Ms. Sharon Nelson, Owner, Nelson & Wolfe; President, Sensei Enterprises; and director, Fairfax Bar Association
Mr. John Simek,Vice President, Sensei Enterprises

There has been an explosion of issues facing business as e-commerce has become a necessity. This session will discuss some of the major issues facing the industry: advertising (including unsolicited e-mail), jurisdiction, linking and transaction security.

A Simple Risk Analysis Methodology
Mr. Randy Marchany, senior member of the Virginia Tech Computing Center Unix system management group and Computer Incident Response Team

This talk describes a R/A methodology developed at Virginia Tech that has enabled departments at Virginia Tech to do their own R/A in a repeatable manner. A series of templates have been developed to make the process easier. You can see the forms by going to security.vt.edu and clicking on the RISK ANALYSIS link. The discussion will cover: collecting asset information, developing the lists of risks, mapping the risks to the assets and developing a compliance matrix.

Why PR Builds Brand Equity and the Bottom Line for e-Commerce Ventures
Mr. Mike Mulvihill, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Carter Ryley Thomas Public Relations & Marketing Counsel

Technology and dot.com companies have established a new paradigm for brand building. No longer is the "pure awareness" consumer product brand building model of the 20th Century valid. Instead, the complex products, concepts and value propositions that are the essence of technology products – and company valuations – have elevated public relations to the brand builder of choice among today’s tech marketers and top management.

The Jericho Proposition - A Knowledge Revolution
Mr. Michael L. Jones, MBA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Level Playing Field

Knowledge is doubling about every seven years. Our knowledge-based economy is ever changing. This topic explores the reengineering and value engineering of the marketplace’s training and educational structure. It provides a year 2020 vision of learning processes and accountability in our emerging global economy.

10:30 – 12 Noon

PANELS:

Top Ten Current and Future Legal Issues Facing Internet and Information Businesses

Moderator:
Ms. Deborah Tussey, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond

Panelists:
Mr. Stanley Jutkowitz, Partner, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP
Mr. Jay Westermeier, Partner, Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP
Mr. James Wheaton, Chairman, Internet Law Team, Willcox & Savage, P.C.
Mr. Jeffrey Geiger, Attorney, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, P.C.

The panelists will discuss current and legal issues facing the Internet and information businesses including: creating an Internet presence – legally safeguarding you, your site and your customers; what’s in a name – protecting your domain; intellectual property: the good, the bad and the ugly; creating and enforcing agreements; and evolving privacy concerns.

Virginia EC & IT Resources

This high-energy, interactive session includes a panel of directors from throughout the Commonwealth with the answers to your electronic commerce and information technology resources needs. Find out what resources are available for your business and hear our success stories.

Moderator:
Mr. James T. Carroll, III, Director, Small Business Development Center, Hampton Roads

Panelists:
Ms. Jean Woods, Director, VirginiaLink
Ms. Karen Jackson, Director, General e-Business Strategy, CIT
Dr. Alfred C. Weaver, Director, Internet TIC
Mr. Rodney Wilet, General Manager, Virginia Information Providers Network
Mr. Martin Kaszubowski, Director, Hampton Roads Technology Incubator

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address: "Venture Capital: Investing in Dot Coms"
Mr. Howard Kossak, Independent Consulting & Investment Banking Services, Ambassador Capital

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Taxation of E-Commerce
Mr. J. William McArthur Jr., State Tax Consulting Partner, Knowledge Management, Washington National Tax Services Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Ms. Virginia Gates, State Tax Consulting Partner-In-Charge of the Electronic Business Practice,PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, San Jose, CA

"E-Commerce is what you do. E-Business is what you are! State taxes apply to both aspects of your business, but they sure are confusing. This session reviews the application of traditional state taxes to your E-Business, as well as the most recent developments of new taxes to E-Commerce.

E-Knowledge: Learning Faster than the Speed of Change
Mr. Kent Greenes, Chief Knowledge Office & Senior Vice President, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, those organizations that can adapt quickly in the accelerated marketplace will be the ones that excel. The key to exploiting rapid changes in a field such as E-Commerce is the ability for an organization to learn fast and apply their learning to radically improve their performance and change the competitive playing field. Greenes will address the following: the business case for knowledge management, the need for speed, processes for fast learning and leveraging next generation knowledge networks to shift e-commerce to e-business.

Smart Region Hampton Roads
Mr. David Redmond, Executive Director, Smart Region Hampton Roads
Dr. William Winter, Chairman, Virginia Electronic Commerce Technology Center
Mr. Ramesh Kapoor, Director of Information Technology, City of Norfolk
Mr. Robert Sharak, Director of Special Projects, Hampton Roads Partnership

This presentation will describe a unique approach to leveraging information technologies on a regional scale. The current activities and future plans of Smart Region Hampton Roads will be described, and the potential this developing regional program has as a model for other regions in Virginia will be discussed.

Internet Hacking: Are you Exposed?
Ms. Lynne Doughtie, Partner, KPMG

When a virus infects an entity’s systems, or a hacker penetrates defenses and gains access to sensitive information, the fallout can be disastrous. The challenge is planning and implementing safeguards that are commensurate with the risks. Main topics include: a live hacker demo, potential internet security threats, known network vulnerabilities, possible solutions for addressing information vulnerabilities and how to achieve a comprehensive, controlled eBusiness environment.

Internet Marketing at its Best
Ms. Traci Radcliffe, Marketing Manager, iXL, Inc.

Five years into the history of Internet Marketing, we'll take a look at the strengths of the Internet, and how those strengths have been leveraged into highly personalized, trackable, cost-efficient ways marketing vehicles. An entertaining yet insightful look at online marketing that works - chock full of examples.

3:45 – 5 p.m.

Patents & the Internet
Ms. Jennifer Lucas, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Legislative & International Affairs, United States Patent & Trademark Office

This session will examine the law with respect to patenting e-commerce related business methods, how e-commerce related business methods patents evolved and discuss the USPTO’s examination of e-commerce business method patent applications.

eStrategy: Developing a Successful Initiative
Mr. Peter Natale, Vice President, Internet Strategies and eBusiness Solutions, Compass Technology Management

eStrategy focuses on the issues related to building a long term strategic vision and plan for your eBusiness enterprise. This presentation explores the fundamental initiatives organizational leadership must consider when building their eStrategy. The topics include electronic strategies for improving internal processes, expanding external market share, understanding and managing risk as well as return on investment opportunities.

Developing the Value Proposition
Mr. Robert Keiter and Mr. Stephen Coleman, Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves

In order to successfully launch and grow a business, it is essential to develop a persuasive value proposition for investors. Raising capital is an on-going selling process for the entrepreneur, as the venture moves through the seed, start-up, scale-up and expansion stages of development. The sources of capital are different at each stage, as is the focus of due diligence. As the venture progresses through development stages and capital sources, the value proposition must become increasingly robust in its answers to four investor considerations: concept, competition, financial model and management.

Helping Your Small Business Clients Select the Software They Need
Ms. Elizabeth Olivieri, CPA, Business Analyst, Goodman InfoNology Services

Once your clients have identified the need to automate or upgrade their business software the most important thing you can do is assist your clientin developing an appropriate plan of action. This seminar will introduce you to the various tasks that should be included in your action plan to ensure a successful implementation.

The Second Wave of E-Business
Mr. Randy Hill, Territory Manager, Nortel Networks

Nortel Networks eBusiness portfolio of customer relationship solutions leverages the new, high-performance Internet to turn every point of customer interaction into an opportunity for stronger, more profitable customer relationships. With our eBusiness solutions, business and service providers can integrate their sales, marketing and service capabilities to deliver a truly integrated customer experience.

6 p.m.

CONFERENCE BANQUET

Mistress of Ceremonies:
Katherine Barnstorff, Public Affairs Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center

Special Presentation:
Mr. Richard Cheatham, Founder and Director, Living History Associates
Appearing as John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas

Keynote Presentation:
Public Policy in the Internet Era
Mr. Paul Misener; Vice President for Global Public Policy, Amazon.com, Inc.

Concluding Remarks:
Dr. Alfred Weaver; Director, Internet TIC

Thursday, September 21
8:30 – 10 a.m.

Moving at the Accelerating Speed of Business
Mr. Jordan Colletta, Vice President, E-Commerce Sales, UPS

E-commerce is extending business’ reach and helping them to maximize the sharing of information across the enterprise. Explore how e-commerce impacts companies from customer service to internal and external logistics and points in between and learn about tomorrow’s workforce and consumer and how business will drive e-commerce.

Privacy Issues
Mr. Gary A. Mills, Esq., Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

Employee abuse of e-mail can be a costly liability for your corporation. Racial and sexual jokes transmitted via e-mail can result in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination based on gender or race. Trade secrets transmitted via e-mail can result in the lost of competitive advantage. What can you do? Where do your rights as an employer end, and your employees' rights to privacy begin?

New Economy Firms & the Established Order
Dr. Brandt Allen, Darden Graduate Business School

The Darden E-Business Institute has been conducting a series of special studies of industry transformation resulting from the collusion between New Economy firms and the established order. For example, what happens when Merrill Lynch responds to threats posed by E*Trade and Schwab; which firm has more to fear from eToys, Webvan and Outpost: Wal-Mart, Target, Sears or Home Depot; what will happen to the auto industry and the furniture business as manufacturers restructure their supply chains to adopt the Dell and Cisco business models. What are leading indicators of successful web-based business models? The Darden Studies have looked at retailing, consumer goods and services, manufacturing and distribution, financial services, and the high technology equipment sectors.

10:30 – 12 Noon

B2B E-Commerce
Mr. Andrew Bartels, Vice President, Electronic Commerce Research Leader, Giga Information Group

The Internet is changing the way business gets done. How – and how much – will vary by business process and by industry. E-business opportunities are not just on the revenue side—they are in many cases even greater on the cost side. But succeeding in e-business is not easy. Companies have to address a series of challenges, from internal integration of Web sites to legacy systems to security to determining how and where to participate in e-markets to organizing for success in transforming a business to take advantage of the Internet. Still, succeeding in e-business is both critical and possible – and the presentation will cover lessons for how to succeed.

Overview of UCITA
Dr. Matthew W. Smith, Attorney, Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

This seminar will provide a general introduction to a complicated law: the new Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act which was signed into law recently in Virginia and becomes effective on July 1, 2001. Topics discussed will include transactions governed by UCITA, contract formation and breach, express and implied warranties, damages, and remedies available to injured parties.

Internet access & e-Commerce Transactions
The Honorable Paul Clinton Harris, Sr., 58th District, Virginia House of Delegates

Delegate Harris will provide a summary of the findings of the federal Advisory Commission on e-Commerce. Harris was one of 19 members that Congress charged to study tax issues related to Internet access and e-commerce transactions at the local, state, national and international levels. The Commission transmitted its final report to Congress in April.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address: "E-Commerce, the Internet and Virginia in the New Economy"
Mr. Mark R. Warner, President, MRW Enterprises and Managing Director, Columbia Capital


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Sure, it's called the "Digital Dominion" but just how digital is it?

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Over 200 technology 1329 entrepreneurs, academics and service providers have a better handle on the state's Internet economy, thanks to a new survey on the breakdown of Virginia's Internet industry which was released today at the second annual Virginia Internet Technology Conference.

Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (www.cit.org), a state-funded group promoting technology research and commercialization, released a listing of over 1,000 of the state's Internet companies in a new report, "A Snapshot of Virginia's Internet Companies."

 

CIT President Anne Armstrong described the listing as "dynamic," explaining, "We don't expect, no matter how diligent our efforts, to be able to list them all."

Included in the report, which took several months to complete, are companies that develop software - seo houston tx, integrate applications, improve access, create content build infrastructure or provide specialized services on the Internet.

Web development companies accounted for nearly a quarter of the companies listed by CIT. Next were infrastructure and security companies, totaling just under 22 percent of the companies listed. Armstrong said the list did not include traditional companies that use the web to deliver their products and services.

Michael Daniels, an executive at SAIC and former chairman of Network Solutions, remains confident the CIT list will grow, despite jitters in the public market and the ongoing maturation of the technology sector. "There are still those who believe this is a flash in the pan," he told conference attendees.

Daniels, former president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, did identify a few boogey men on the horizon. He urged industry leaders to adopt transparent privacy policies before lawmakers and regulators step in. He also expressed concern that European regulators, who potentially could scuttle the proposed America Online-Time Warner merger, were getting too involved in New Economy deals. "This is very dangerous, in a free market system," he warned.

Daniels saved his harshest words for members of the technology industry, however. He warned entrepreneurs not to get cocky when they are successful and expressed disdain for the flashy attitude that sometimes comes with success on the Internet.

"If you look and act like you're flakey, stop, because it's bad for the industry," he admonished. "Get your head screwed on straight and don't do things that alienate the rest of the world. Don't go around with your screwy business plans...that are crap and junk."

The three day conference is being hosted by the Technology Innovation Center, a partnership of departments from four universities in the state.

Sure, it's called the "Digital Dominion" but just how digital is it?

Over 200 technology entrepreneurs, academics and service providers have a better handle on the state's Internet economy, thanks to a new survey on the breakdown of Virginia's Internet industry which was released today at the second annual Virginia Internet Technology Conference.

Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (www.cit.org), a state-funded group promoting technology research and commercialization, released a listing of over 1,000 of the state's Internet companies in a new report, "A Snapshot of Virginia's Internet Companies."

CIT President Anne Armstrong described the listing as "dynamic," explaining, "We don't expect, no matter how diligent our efforts, to be able to list them all."

Included in the report, which took several months to complete, are companies that develop software, integrate applications, improve access, create content build infrastructure or provide specialized services on the Internet.

Web development companies accounted for nearly a quarter of the companies listed by CIT. Next were infrastructure and security companies, totaling just under 22 percent of the companies listed. Armstrong said the list did not include traditional companies that use the web to deliver their products and services.

Michael Daniels, an executive at SAIC and former chairman of Network Solutions, remains confident the CIT list will grow, despite jitters in the public market and the ongoing maturation of the technology sector. "There are still those who believe this is a flash in the pan," he told conference attendees.

Daniels, former president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, did identify a few boogey men on the horizon. He urged industry leaders to adopt transparent privacy policies before lawmakers and regulators step in. He also expressed concern that European regulators, who potentially could scuttle the proposed America Online-Time Warner merger, were getting too involved in New Economy deals. "This is very dangerous, in a free market system," he warned.

Daniels saved his harshest words for members of the technology industry, however. He warned entrepreneurs not to get cocky when they are successful and expressed disdain for the flashy attitude that sometimes comes with success on the Internet.

"If you look and act like you're flakey, stop, because it's bad for the industry," he admonished. "Get your head screwed on straight and don't do things that alienate the rest of the world. Don't go around with your screwy business plans...that are crap and junk."

The three day conference is being hosted by the Technology Innovation Center, a partnership of departments from four universities in the state.

The three day conference is being hosted by the Technology Innovation Center, a partnership of departments from four universities in the state.


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