Scholars from around the world will come to Kansas University in September to discuss the social and cultural effects of the Internet.
Conference coordinator Nancy Baym, assistant professor of communications studies, said she initially hoped 80 people would attend this first-of-its-kind meeting. Now planners are making room for 250 people.
"It's like we're all sort of standing on the edge of the ocean on different shores and saying, 'I wonder what this is?'" Baym said.
Sponsored by the Association of Internet Researchers, the conference will be "nontechnological," she said.
"We'll be discussing how it's affecting people, how it's affecting countries," Baym said.
"It's interesting how people from 20 different countries are willing to come to Lawrence and KU for this," she said.
The conference is called "Internet 1.0: The State of the Interdiscipline."
Apple Computers plans to Webcast the conference on the Apple Learning Network.
The conference begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 14 and runs through noon Sept. 17. The conference is free to KU faculty, students and staff.
For those outside the university, the cost is $50 for students and $95 for faculty. The keynote addresses are free to the public.
For more information, check the Association of Internet Researchers Web site at www.cddc.vt.edu/aoir or call KU's Continuing Education office at 864-5823.