Akamai's Tom Leighton to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing on the Future of Computer Science Research

Cambridge, MA |

Dr. Tom Leighton, co-founder and chief scientist of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, will present testimony tomorrow before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.

Dr. Leighton, one of the world's pre-eminent authorities on algorithms for network applications, will speak on "The Future of Computer Science Research in the U.S." Dr. Leighton's testimony will address:

  • What role does cyber security research conducted at universities play in the development of cyber security tools and the implementation of good cyber security practices by U.S. companies? 
  • How have the composition and activities of the cyber security research community changed in recent years? 
  • How has federal support for cyber security research changed in recent years?

When: Thursday, May 12, 2005
10:00 a.m. ET
Where: Washington DC, U.S. House of Representatives
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318

The testimony will also be webcast live at www.house.gov/science.

During the course of his career as a professor of applied mathematics at MIT and as chief scientist of Akamai, Dr. Leighton has served on dozens of government, industrial, and academic review committees; program committees; and editorial boards. Dr. Leighton holds numerous patents involving cryptography, digital rights management, and algorithms for networks. He is a Fellow for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering, and he is currently serving as Chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) Subcommitte on Cyber Security. He is a former two-term chair of the 2,000-member Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Complexity Theory, and a former two-term editor-in-chief of the Journal of the ACM, the nation's premier journal for computer science research.

Akamai operates the world's largest distributed computing platform with more than 15,000 servers located in nearly 1,000 networks and 69 countries. Using sophisticated mathematical methods and algorithms to coordinate the operation of thousands of Web servers across the Internet, Akamai distributes content and applications from thousands of Web sites to hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide. As part of its services, Akamai provides an extensive, real-time worldwide view of Internet traffic and conditions. Hundreds of enterprises and government agencies around the globe utilize the Akamai platform to distribute their content and applications reliably, securely, and efficiently.

Contact: To arrange an interview with Dr. Leighton before or after the hearing, contact Jeff Young at 617-444-3913 or jyoung@akamai.com, or Caryn Brownell at 617-444-2524 or cbrownel@akamai.com.

About Akamai

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