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Postel Memorial Webcast Set for Nov. 5

Netizens around the world will be able to participate in a memorial for Internet pioneer Jon Postel, who died Oct. 16 in Los Angeles following heart surgery.

The memorial is set for Nov. 5 at 11 a.m.(PST) at the University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium. Internet users can view the memorial Webcast.

USC President Steven Sample will officiate. Also taking part will be Ira Magaziner, President Clinton's senior advisor for policy development and Robert Braden and Herbert Schorr, both from the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. Postel was division director at ISI, where he had worked since 1977.

As chairman of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, Postel had been closely working with government officials to ensure a smooth transition from a government-controlled domain name and Internet Protocol address system.

Before his death, Postel organized a new group, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is currently organizing to take over IANA's responsibilities.