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CIO's Olympics IT Coverage - week ending 29 September 2000

CIO's Olympics IT Coverage - week ending 29 September 2000

IBM bows out on a high note

A barefoot marathon runner and a 5cm-too-short gymnastics vault are not the sort of problems you'd expect the official Olympics technology provider, IBM, to be encountering. But according to Vickie Regan, vice president, IBM Sydney 2000 Olympics Technology, it's exactly those problems that have been keeping IBM and its 6000-strong team busy since the start of the Sydney Games.

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http://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/85CC8806F077BD2A4A25696800781665!OpenDocument

UPDATE: SOCOG Faces Damages Over Website

The Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) is expected to appear before the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) again as early as October. In a worldwide landmark case, the organisation is facing a damages claim from an Australian blind man, Bruce Maguire, after it failed to comply with a ruling from HREOC to make the official Olympics website (

http://www.olympics.com) accessible to visually impaired people.

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http://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/2B087AD653B10D264A256968000DE3E9!OpenDocument

Olympic Pirate Sites Caught in the Act

Illegal internet streaming of Olympics coverage has not reached the high proportions expected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with less than 50 violators caught so far. The IOC's restrictions on online coverage of the Sydney Games, in particular the use of video and audio streaming, caused controversy in the lead-up to the competition when web journalists were refused official media accreditation.

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http://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/099D2FEBB2DCA7724A2569680011A46F!OpenDocument

Olympic Village built on more than bricks and mortar

Design software company Autodesk has staked its claim over the technology used to design the Olympic Village at Newington, Sydney. According to Autodesk, Mirvac design division HP Architects (HPA) and nine other Sydney architectural firms used the company's AutoCAD as the preliminary software to design the master plan for the entire suburb of Newington, including the Olympic village. The 1,100-dwelling, 10,000-occupant housing development for the Olympics is located in Newington.

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http://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/1D55A062CCFB80A64A256967002C3297!OpenDocument

Channel 7 Ponders Domain Future

Channel 7's online division, i7 is unsure what it will do with its domain name, olympics.com.au later this year when the Olympics madness has passed. The domain name is held by the online joint venture between Channel 7 and the Australian Olympic Committee, www.olympics.com.au, which has proved a popular Web site for Australian sports fans.

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http://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/2E2B2FBD73E5DA3B4A25696600789F19!OpenDocument

Aussie Web Habits Change as City Celebrates

Party time Down Under has shown that where you are and what's happening around you may give a better indication of how you will surf the Web than any demographic statistics, according to the latest assessments of Olympics Internet sites. As the Games action moved into its second weekend, and the start of the high profile athletics events, the IBM-hosted official site - olympics.com- became the most accessed site globally, according to figures released through the Nielsen//NetRatings' Web Olympics Index.

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http://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/76E928076D235CCA4A2569650079D544!OpenDocument

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