As New Millennium Breaks, IDG Is First To Report On Y2k From Auckland, New Zealand

BOSTON, MA — DECEMBER 14, 1999 — International Data Group’s (IDG) "Year 2000 World," (www.year2000world.com), the only global website network dedicated to tracking computing issues related to the turn of the century, will provide breaking coverage from Auckland, New Zealand, where the world’s first light of the new year will dawn. Year2000world.com has aggressive plans to ensure comprehensive up-to-the-minute coverage as Auckland ushers in the new millennium, providing the first reports on Y2K issues to IDG’s international news service.

Numerous IDG journalists will be reporting from Clear Communications’ offices headquartered in Auckland. Clear Communications is responsible for hosting the area’s Emergency Management and Civil Defense (EMCD) information. EMCD established vital infrastructure points, such as hospitals, police and fire command centers, and local government offices, as well as telecommunications and electricity companies from which to monitor the status of critical operations, connections and communication.

"As the 21st century rapidly approaches, people around the world will be anxiously awaiting news to reassure them that critical infrastructure systems are operating normally as we enter 2000," said Jeff Julian, publisher, IDG.net. "Earlier this year, year2000world.com began addressing the concerns of computer users and providing breaking news, analysis and online resources regarding Y2K-readiness. As the only IT media company in the world operating in all seven continents, IDG is in a unique position to connect readers with critical IT information from all corners of the earth as the New Year begins."

Year2000world.com builds on IDG's legacy of leadership in both global publishing and coverage of millennium issues. Nearly 15 years ago, in 1984, IDG's Computerworld was the first publication to break the story of the Y2K bug.

Year2000world.com has been providing continuous coverage of computing issues and commentary related to the turn of the century since it was first launched in March of this year. The network of sites in six languages — English, French, German, Spanish, Danish and Swedish — is the only online source to offer unique content and resources relating specifically about Y2K to users in every region of the world.

Providing the broadest, most comprehensive set of IT information resources in the world, IDG uniquely provides IT professionals the specific news, research, and analysis they need to make critical business and technical decisions as they approach the new millennium.

About IDG

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.56 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 290 computer newspapers and magazines and 4,000 book titles in 80 countries, led by the Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, CIO, Channel World and "…For Dummies" global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.