If you haven't already, be sure to check the latest Beltway Bootup column or catch up on local tech news with previous columns. Or scroll down for a primer on issues that speakers will address at the World Congress.
> For most of the 1,700 people attending the World Congress, the most important issues don't seem to be about bits and bytes -- but rather deal making and networking.
> Winning hosting rights and then building participation wasn't easy for the Fairfax County organizers.
> Just who plans to attend? Washingtonpost.com reporter John Martin asked around town and came up with an unusual guest list.
> Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III has been anxious to play host at the event.
> Some technology executives and economic development officials doubt the conference will live up to its billing as "the Olympics of technology."
Background on Issues: Monday, June 22
Washington as Tech Center
> Some people argue that Washington isn't the center of the universe, but for a growing number of companies based abroad, Washington has become the center of U.S. operations.
> On June 17, Intersolv Inc. became the latest Washington technology company to be snatched up by an out-of-town suitor this time from abroad. Catch up on other technology mergers.
Global IT Issues
> Political sanctions such as those recently slapped on India could limit sales of computer technology abroad.
> Some say China is undergoing a technology revolution. Read about one Texas entrepreneur in the thick of it.
> Encryption is a hot high-tech issue on Capitol Hill and has international ramifications. Decipher encryption with a special report from washingtonpost.com's Politics section.
> Stay abreast of the latest developments with our U.S. v. Microsoft report.
Spotlight on Maryland Biotechnology
> MedImmune Inc. of Gaithersburg won approval Friday to sell a specially engineered treatment that could keep tens of thousands of premature babies out of the hospital.
> Few people knew about Rockville-based EntreMed Inc. until the media called attention to two of its cancer drugs. But can EntreMed live up to its research promise?
> Catch up on news about the rest of the major players in Maryland's biotech industry.
> Several biotech firms are providing the once-missing link in Maryland's biotech industry: manufacturing.
> They are replacing needles with nibbles at University of Maryland's Center for Vaccine Development in Baltimore to put the bite on disease.
> Montgomery and Frederick counties are home to America's foremost research institutions on diseases and germ warfare. That means one big "bio-headache" for local emergency crews.
IT and Russia
> Speaking today will be former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. In Russia, the year 2000 computer problems are even worse than ours.
> Esther Dyson has taken a keen interest in emerging technology in Russia even footing the bill to bring Russian entrepreneurs to U.S. conferences.
Background on Issues: Wednesday, June 24
> A Post series sorts out the issues involved in the tech worker shortage.
> See how the Washington area is dealing with the local tech worker issues.
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