Tomw Communications Pty Ltd - Media Release

Press Conference on Web Discrimination

Friday 8 June 2001, 11am at Inet2001 Media Centre

Stockholm, 6 June 2001: Australian web expert Tom Worthington FACS will discuss web discrimination against the disabled by governments and industry, after his presentation to INET2001 on Friday.

In August 2000 the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games was found to have engaged in unlawful conduct by providing a web site which was to a significant extent inaccessible to the blind. The web site was built by IBM. Tom Worthington was an expert witness in the case.

Last week in London Mr. Worthington criticized the UK Government's new web gateway which is poorly designed and difficult to access for disabled users. On Friday he will be discussing if the Official Web Site for the Organising Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is unlawful.

Tom Worthington is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the Australian National University and an independent e-business consultant. In 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the development of public Internet policy.

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