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"WWW2006 will be the meeting ground for the brightest minds and the broadest thinkers to discuss, debate and help set the future direction of the World Wide Web," said Professor Wendy Hall, head of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science, the conference organisers. "Attendance will be vital for anyone wanting to keep ahead of emerging technologies and innovation on the web."

The conference will bring together key players from the international community. It is to be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 23rd-26th May 2006 and is expected to attract 1500 to 2000 delegates.

The conference programme will feature papers on world-leading technical innovations in many areas including, Mobile Web, Semantic Web and the challenges of security and privacy. Invited speakers will explore the implications and applications of web technology for government, society and business through a series of individual presentations, panel discussions and questions from the floor.

"The conference has a growing reputation for its oustanding technical quality", said Dr Carr, one of the WWW2006 Co-Chairs, "We have invited speakers who will address the wider issues that adopting web technology causes society, and that means providing high-level sessions for information and media professionals, technology consultants, social commentators and political advisors."

Day one, Tuesday 23rd May, is entitled Business Success and has a strong commercial focus. It will reflect on the impact of web-based innovation on the world of e-commerce and more traditional business models. The New Wave, Wednesday 24th May, investigates the next wave of capability for the web, the semantic and pervasive web, and how these will transform society over the next decade.

On Thursday 25th May the conference tackles the international impact of the web on global issues in science, education and security. The final day of the conference, Friday 26th May, scrutinises Society and the Web and the repercussions of the web on health. Areas of discussion will include web-based support for healthcare professionals, patients' confidentiality, terrorism, democracy, child protection and fraud.

Conference attendees will include a blend of key influencers such as CIOs, IT directors and decision makers from the public and private sector and researchers, technologists and developers from institutions and technology-driven businesses.

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