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Contact:
Lisa L. Kirchner
412-268-1356

For immediate release:
February 26, 2003

World Bank Official Bruno Lanvin to Speak at Carnegie Mellon University

PITTSBURGH—Bruno Lanvin, program manager for the World Bank's outreach program, will give a Verizon Foundation Distinguished Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Hamburg Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Lanvin will discuss the global "digital divide," as well as efforts to foster international social and economic development through technology.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Before joining the World Bank in 2000, Bruno Lanvin was the head of Electronic Commerce in UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) in Geneva, and held several high-level positions in the United Nations, specializing in international trade issues related to services and telecommunications. From 2000 to 2002 he was the executive secretary of DOT Force, the Digital Opportunity Task Force set up by the G-8 in July 2000. Lanvin holds an M.A. in mathematics and physics, an MBA from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. in economics from La Sorbonne.

The Verizon Foundation Distinguished Lecture series was established at Carnegie Mellon's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in 1998 to bring experts in the telecommunications and information technology fields to the university. The Verizon series facilitates sharing ideas, discussing trends, exploring applications of technology and investigating the effects of technology on the broader society.

Lanvin's lecture is coordinated by Carnegie Mellon's Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSITeS). The institute draws on the expertise of about 60 Carnegie Mellon faculty from a variety of disciplines, plus an equally large national network of leading legal thinkers, and fosters collaboration in research, curricular development, policy analysis and public outreach projects aimed at addressing the social, economic, political, ethical, psychological, cultural and legal aspects of information technology.

For more information on the series, please contact Dorothy Bassett, executive director of InSITeS at 412-268-4839.

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