A workshop focusing on opportunities for building transatlantic alliances between businesses and people with similar interests through the Internet and related technologies will be held at the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel on Friday and Saturday, Jan 22-23.

The Second Annual TIES (TransAtlantic Information Exchange Project) is being organized by the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), the European Union (EU) and the European Union Center of the University System of Georgia.

“Technology has changed the way business is done no matter what the business,” Nanette Levinson, associate dean of international services at American University in Washington, D.C., told GlobalFax during a telephone interview last week.  “This conference will focus on how to use the new technologies with an emphasis on linking up people on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Among the scheduled speakers are Joost Flint, mayor of Digital City Amsterdam, Amsterdam’s interactive web site which highlights activities in the Netherlands’capital; Ken Wasch, president of the Software Publishers Association,  Marleen Stikker, president of the Amsterdam-based Society for Old and New Media. Representatives from the USIA and the EU also are scheduled to speak.

Keynote speakers include Peter White, president of the Southern Center for International Studies and Elly Plooij, a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands.

Since it received funding from both the U.S. and EU governments last year, Dr. Levinson said the project has focused primarily on the development of its web site at http://www.tiesnet.org

The site highlights opportunities for transatlantic information exchanges in the areas of education, the environment, civil society, arts and culture and technology.

The registration fee for the conference is $300.  To register, send an E-mail to eucenter@inta.gatech.edu requesting a registration form.  For more information, call Brian Murphy at North Georgia College and State University at (706) 864-1904; fax, (706) 864-1874.