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ADVISORY/Future Trends in IT and News: Former Bellcore CEO George Heilmeier Leads Distinguished Industry and Technology Discussion Forum at Columbia University October 10.

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Marconi Fellowship Foundation Forum Recognizes Two Innovators in

Telecommunications Security, Both Activists on Behalf

of Privacy Rights

In recognition of the winners of the prestigious Marconi International Fellowship award in telecommunications and information technology, a distinguished group of industry, government and academic leaders and pioneers will gather on the campus of Columbia University Columbia University, mainly in New York City; founded 1754 as King's College by grant of King George II; first college in New York City, fifth oldest in the United States; one of the eight Ivy League institutions.  on Tuesday, October 10 to discuss future trends in the intersection of information technology and news.

Dr. George Heilmeier, inventor, engineer, former head of Bellcore, and a founding member of the Marconi Foundation Guglielmo Marconi International Fellowship Foundation, shortly called Marconi Foundation, and currently known as the Marconi Society, was established by Gioia Marconi Braga in 1974. , will begin the program at 4:30 P.M. at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (popularly known as SEAS) is a school of Columbia University which awards degrees in engineering, applied physics and applied mathematics.  (Davis Auditorium, Room 412, Schapiro Center, 530 West 120th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) with a talk titled: "From Pots to Thoughts and Predictions About Information and News for this Decade and Beyond."

The forum is held to honor this year's winners of the Marconi International Fellowships, the foremost prize in telecommunications and information technology. For 2000, Whitfield Diffie Bailey Whitfield 'Whit' Diffie (born June 5 1944) is a US cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965.
 of Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA[3]) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982.  and Martin Hellman Martin Edward Hellman (born October 2, 1945) is a cryptologist, famous for his invention of public key cryptography in cooperation with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle.

Hellman graduated from the Bronx High School of Science.
 of Stanford University will share the $100,000 prize for their mathematical formulations nearly 25 years ago that unleashed the key to private communications and secure transactions on the Internet. The two men, whose breakthrough in public key cyptography has been called the "sealing wax" of the information age, will be honored at a reception and dinner following the forum.

Heilmeier's presentation will be followed by discussion by a panel of experts and notables in the audience, including telecommunications pioneers and industry leaders. They include Columbia Engineering Dean Zvi Galil, an expert on cryptography; Dean Thomas Goldstein of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; Professor John Pavlik, Director of the New Media Center at the Columbia Journalism School; the 2000 Marconi Fellowship honorees, Diffie and Hellman; visiting professor Michael Noll of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) is one of several research centers for Columbia Business School, focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media. ; Professor James Massey of the Institute of Technology in Zurich; and past Marconi Fellows Sir Eric Ash of the University of London For most practical purposes, ranging from admission of students to negotiating funding from the government, the 19 constituent colleges are treated as individual universities. Within the university federation they are known as Recognised Bodies  (for leadership in electronic technology); Leonard Kleinrock (for pioneering work in computer networks) and Paul Baran of Interfax (for packet switching and other communications advances).

Media coverage is welcome at the forum. Journalists who plan to cover should contact Suzanne Trimel in the Columbia Office of Public Affairs, (212) 854-6579.
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