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Representatives of the Internet industry, local and central government are to come together in a conference in London next month (December) to explore some of the practical issues involved in delivering ‘e-government’ in the UK.

The event – Internet Goes Public – is being jointly organised by the London Internet Exchange (LINX) on behalf of the industry and Public Sector Forums on behalf of government organisations. Admission is free for members of public sector organisations thanks to sponsorship kindly received from Redbus Interhouse, Foundry Networks and Star Internet.

To be held at Redbus Interhouse in the London Docklands on 12 December 2002, Internet Goes Public will bring together those responsible for delivering public services via the Internet and those responsible for the functioning of the Internet.

Speakers will include Steve Marsh, director of security policy in the government’s Office of the e-Envoy; John Souter, chief executive of LINX; Felicity Hoad of UK Internet registrar Nominet; and Dave Williams of Medway District Council.

Ian Dunmore of Public Sector Forums said: “There is a need for those public sector managers responsible for e-government to better understand the workings of the Internet industry and vice versa.

"Issues such as the legislation, regulations, and commercial and technical matters which govern or have an impact on use of the Internet are all critical areas when implementing an e-gov project. These are the topics we'll be covering on the day."

Vanessa Evans of LINX said: “There is a great deal of expertise available within the Internet industry which will help the public sector meet its objectives. Internet Goes Public will help us to pass on some of this knowledge and explain what the Internet can and cannot do.

“At the same time, we shall be able to sign-post to colleagues in the public sector the places where commercial solutions to their problems may be found.”

Around 100 delegates from local authorities and a range of central government departments have already signed up to attend the event which is free to members of Public Sector Forums.

For further details of the event, contact Ian Dunmore of Public Sector Forums on 0161 486 1234 or visit

Notes to editors:

LINX is a mutual organisation owned by more than 120 Internet and content delivery service providers. It allows competing networks to exchange Internet traffic cost-effectively, bringing speed and efficiency benefits to their customers. Its members include all the major UK ISPs, plus many from the USA, mainland Europe and the Far East and it currently handles up to 96 per cent of the UK’s Internet traffic.

Public Sector Forums is a news and information portal for government and the wider public sector. It currently houses two projects - the Public Sector iDTV Forum and the Public Sector Content Management Forum. Well over half of all UK local authorities and a significant number of central government departments are represented within the membership.

For further information contact:

Vanessa Evans

London Internet Exchange (LINX)Telephone: 01733 207700



Ian Dunmore

Public Sector Forums

Telephone: 0161 486 1234



To obtain a media pass for attendance at Internet Goes Public please contact:

Michael Holland or Mike Lennox

Smye Holland Associates

Telephone: 01733 564906

E-mail: or

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