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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 2, 2003


World Summit on the Information Society

The World Summit on the Information Society will be held in Geneva, December 10-12. The aim of the Summit is to develop a common vision and understanding of the information society, drawing up a strategic plan of action for its concerted development.

The Summit is also to define an agenda covering the objectives to be achieved and the resources to be mobilized. The roles of the various partners (Member States, UN agencies, private sector and civil society) in ensuring a smooth coordination of the practical establishment of the information society around the world will also be at the heart of the Summit and its preparation.

Ambassador David A. Gross, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs will head the United States Delegation to the Summit. Ambassador Gross will discuss the U.S. position on the need for increased Internet infrastructure and access worldwide. He will stress that technical management and control of the Internet can best be accomplished by the private sector using appropriate public-private partnerships to reflect the international nature of the Internet. And that innovation, expanded services, broader participation, and lower prices will arise most easily in a market-driven arena.

Ambassador Gross will conduct a briefing for the press Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. in the State Department Briefing Room. Pre-set time for cameras: 10:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. Pick-up time for stills and writers: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Media representatives who plan to attend must present one of the following press credentials: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driverís license or passport).

For further information, please contact Martha Deutscher, Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-4864.

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Released on December 2, 2003

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