InfoWorld’s Nicholas Petreley To Speak At United Nations Briefing

SAN MATEO, Calif. — October 28, 1996 — The Internet: library to

the world or gold mine for the greedy? That's the topic of the speech

InfoWorld Editor at Large Nicholas Petreley will deliver at The Association

for Information Technologies (AIT)'s United Nations Briefing and

Conference/expo Program. The full-day Briefing, which is dedicated to

Internet-related technologies and diplomacy in the electronic era, takes

place October 31, 1996 at the United Engineering Center in New York.

In his speech, Petreley will discuss how exploiting the Internet

for profits can affect its long-term usefulness as a global source of

information.

"The origin of the Internet lent itself to being accessed primarily

by computer people and academics," Petreley said, "so it was primarily a

repository for techincal and academic information. Since the Internet is

such an ideal publishing medium, its discovery as a gold mine was

inevitable. As a result, all kinds of new commercially motivated content is

cropping up, much of it from those companies who stand to make a buck on

the Internet or related technologies, or those on reporting about said

technologies.

"The lines between ads, entertainment, and information have been

blurred more than ever. A few years ago, a user could do an online search

for network routers and get academic data and documents. Now, those

documents will be mixed in with press releases, advertisements, and other

promotional collateral. When you consider conflicts of interest and the

ability to change published materials in a blink with little or no

accountability, we're entering into dangerous territory, indeed."

A 15-year industry veteran, Petreley has been associated with

InfoWorld for 11 years — five as a review board member and six in the

InfoWorld Test Center. During that time, he has made many significant

contributions that have helped InfoWorld maintain its leadership position

in product testing and reviewing, including the creation of his popular

weekly column, "Down to the Wire," and helping to continually revolutionize

InfoWorld's testing methodologies.

AIT was founded in 1986 with the State University of New York and

represents the technologies interests of major corporations and government

institutions. AIT members are primarily mid- to high-level Information

Technology managers for Fortune 1,000 firms. Every year, Briefing Sessions

are organized for United Nations Ambassadors, Diplomats, and Delegates.

Invitations are sent to 185 Permanent Missions, representing 185

countries/member states, and other UN groups,and to AIT members.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, InfoWorld, The Voice of

Client/Server in the Enterprise, is the pace-setting IS newsweekly which

focuses on editorial coverage of client/server products used in corporate

enterprises. InfoWorld's $10 million dollar cross-platform, networked test

bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — allows InfoWorld to conduct the

industry's most trusted testing of enterprise products. In addition, its