April 12, 1999
WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 1999 A new global Internet policy and
research institute will be formed later this year, a group of business
leaders and representatives of nonprofit groups and academic
institutions announced today. The Internet Policy Institute will be an
independent, nonprofit research and educational institute chartered to
provide objective, high-quality analysis, research, education, and
outreach on a full range of economic, social and policy issues
affecting and affected by the global development and use of the
The Institute will begin operation later this year when funding is
finalized and staff has been hired, said Kimberly Jenkins, chair of the
Institute's working group, and founder and chairman of Highway 1, a
Washington-based nonprofit organization that serves as a nonpartisan
resource on information technologies for Congress and federal, state
and local government leaders.
"This is the right idea at the right time. In less than a decade the
Internet has grown from a network used primarily by university
researchers and computer hobbyists to a thriving communications medium
that links more than 100 million individuals worldwide," Jenkins said.
"With the policy makers of both the United States and many of the major
industrialized nations focusing an increasing amount of attention on
the Internet, it has become critical to bring the global thinking,
research and debate on these issues together in one central location."
Jenkins said the Institute will have a physical presence in the
Washington region, but will also have an active presence on the
Internet, where it can draw on the research being conducted on online
issues by scholars from around the world. While its initial staffing
will be limited, the Institute will eventually add staff researchers
and senior fellows.
Seed funding for the initial stages of the Institute's formation has
been provided by several companies and institutions including America
Online, Inc., NASDAQ, the Morino Institute, MCI Worldcom, Network
Solutions, Inc., the Potomac KnowledgeWay, the World Information
Technology and Services Alliance.
The idea for the Institute surfaced in mid-1997 when the Potomac
KnowledgeWay, a Herndon, Va.-based nonprofit organization, identified a
need for an academically-linked, nonpartisan organization that could
conduct high-level research on Internet-related issues.
The Potomac KnowledgeWay, which serves as a catalyst for regional
collaboration to promote growth in the information and communications
industry, then hired The Washington Advisory Group, a science and
technology consulting firm, to research and manage the proposal for and
implementation of the institute.
"We are extremely pleased that the discussions of the last two years
have culminated in the launch of this initiative. We are particularly
grateful to Dr. Jenkins for her willingness to lead the effort to fully
establish the institute," said Fred Bollerer, president and CEO of the
"The willingness of senior people from the Internet community to devote
their time and energy to this effort is, perhaps, the best measure we
have of the importance and promise of this new venture," added Mario
Morino, Potomac KnowledgeWay chairman.
In December 1998 an exploratory group of leaders from the industry,
academia and nonprofit sectors met to discuss the concept, and The
Potomac KnowledgeWay took the lead in establishing the working group.
Members of the working group now include:
- Kimberly Jenkins, Chairman, Highway 1, and chair of the Working
- Alfred R. Berkeley, President, NASDAQ Stock Market
- Erich Bloch, President, Washington Advisory Group, LLC
- Earving L. Blythe, Vice President for Information Systems,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
- Fred L. Bollerer, President and CEO, The Potomac KnowledgeWay
- Jack Breese, Assistant Director, Microsoft Research, Microsoft
- Michael A. Daniels, Chairman, Network Solutions, Inc. and Sector
Vice President, Science Applications International Corp.
- Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings, Inc., and interim
chairman, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
- Sherrilynne Fuller, Head, Division of Biomedical Informatics,
University of Washington School of Medicine
- B. Keith Fulton, Director for Technology Programs and Policy,
National Urban League
- Robert E. Kahn, President, Corporation for National Research
- Alan G. Merten, President, George Mason University
- Harris N. Miller, President, Information Technology Association of
- Mario Morino, Chairman, The Morino Institute
- Dan Mote, President, University of Maryland, College Park
- Theodore O. Poehler, Vice Provost for Research, Johns Hopkins
- Adam C. Powell III, Vice President, Technology and Programs, The Freedom Forum
- Jonathan Sallet, Chief Policy Counsel, MCI Worldcom
- Larry L. Smarr, Director, National Center for Supercomputing
Applications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Alan G. Spoon, President and CEO, The Washington Post Co.
- Robert Templin, President, Virginia's Center for Innovative
- George Vradenburg III, Senior Vice President, Global and
Strategic Policy, America Online, Inc.
"During the next several months the working group will establish an
organizational structure for the Institute and begin reaching out to
national and non-U.S.-based companies and institutions for
participation," said Erich Bloch, president of The Washington Advisory
Group. "In the early summer we intend to establish a board of
directors, finalize operational funding and begin the search for a
The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project is a nonprofit leadership organization
that acts as a catalyst, thought leader and idea incubator to help
prepare and educate the Greater Washington region to be a global leader
in the information and communications industry.
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