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IBM Releases ``IBM and the Future of our Cities'' Podcast


ARMONK, N.Y. - 16 Nov 2005: IBM announced today that the sixth podcast in the series, "IBM and the Future of . . ." began today on its investor Web site. The podcast is called "IBM and the Future of our Cities."

"IBM and the Future of our Cities" discusses Habitat JAM, a unique and historic online event sponsored by the government of Canada in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and IBM. Habitat JAM will bring together tens of thousands of city dwellers from all over the world, from the most affluent to the poorest, in one giant global conversation. Using a set of flat, collaborative techniques developed and used internally at IBM called "jamming," Habitat JAM will tackle some of the biggest problems facing our cities, from the growth of slums to security, access to water and environmental degradation.

Habitat JAM will run for 72 hours from December 1-3. Participation is free and open to everyone. To join in, participants must first register at www.habitatjam.com. Thousands of individuals from more than 125 countries have already registered.

The podcast is hosted by George Faulkner and features a discussion between Charles Kelly, commissioner general of the World Urban Forum III, which is using the jam to help develop the agenda for its June conference in Vancouver, and Mike Wing of IBM Strategic Communications, who leads IBM's jamming activities internally.

The podcast will be available on IBM's investor Web site, at http://www.ibm.com/investor/viewpoint/podcast/16-11-05-1.phtml.

While the current information on its investor Web site is largely historical, IBM's podcast series discusses both general technology trends and IBM innovations in a variety of emerging business and technology areas.

Future topics will include "IBM and the Future of . . ." healthcare, computer gaming, work and privacy.

Other podcasts in the series can be downloaded at http://www.ibm.com/investor/viewpoint/podcast.phtml.

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Contact(s) information

Michael Maloney
IBM Media Relations
(914) 499-6533
maloney2@us.ibm.com

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