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SRI International Aims to "Map" the Internet with .geo Proposal


MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 23, 2000-- .geo Top-Level Internet Domain will provide an entirely new way to organize and view Internet data for Business, Education, Government and Others

SRI International, a leading independent technology innovator, has proposed .geo (pronounced "dot-gee-oh"), a revolutionary method for using the Internet, to the International Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN).

As a potential top-level domain (TLD), .geo would enable location-based access to all Internet information that refers to any place or region. This information will be displayed as a conventional web page, as a map, or as a navigable 3D environment.

Designed as an ever-growing universal atlas, .geo provides the Internet with the location awareness that it has been lacking, and improves its efficiency and reliability through a unique server architecture. Anticipated applications include commerce, education, real estate, urban development, and governance.

The United Nations' Commission on Trade and Development has praised .geo for its potential contribution to e-commerce and tourism around the world. Several other international organizations are also stepping forward with their support.

".geo has evolved over eight years of cutting-edge research and our revolutionary approach allows users to explore the Internet the way they move through the world," said Curt Carlson, CEO of SRI International. "We're creating a virtual new world - the true melding of bricks and clicks. Through .geo, SRI-one of the first two hosts of the ARPANET and manager of the Network Information Center for over two decades-is well positioned to continue to invent the future of the Internet."

ICANN, which manages the delegation of top level domain names such as .com, will meet in mid-November to select and authorize those TLDs that they feel best serve the Internet community. Its objective is to increase the number and utility of TLDs while promoting more competition and preserving the operational stability of the Internet.

According to Dr. Yvan Leclerc, Senior Computer Scientist and project director for the .geo initiative, "SRI's proposal meets ICANN's every objective. .geo harnesses the convergence of computing, wireless and geospatial technologies to expand the value and reach of the Internet to the international community."

Additional information regarding SRI's proposal can be found at www.dotgeo.org. The ICANN website and public comment can be found at: www.icann.org.

About SRI International

Silicon Valley-based SRI International (www.sri.com) is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded in 1946 as Stanford Research Institute, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of global markets for more than 50 years. Called "Silicon Valley's soul" by Business Week magazine, SRI was instrumental in the early development of the Internet, early routing protocols, and the implementation of the first wireless Internet transmission in 1977.

CONTACT:
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Ingrid Noone, 650/859-4874
ingrid.noone@sri.com
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Phase Two Strategies
Kristin Ely, 415/772-8453
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