EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 796 - July 02, 2004     3 of 3

Amazon Elects John Seely Brown to Board of Directors

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Amazon appointed John Seely Brown to serve on its board of directors. Brown, formerly the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), is currently a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California. Brown becomes the eighth board member and seventh independent member to sit on's board of directors.

Brown received a BA in mathematics from Brown University and a PhD from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences. He is a Trustee of Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation, and serves on the boards of directors for Corning, Varian Medical Systems and Polycom Worldwide, as well as on numerous advisory boards. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and is the author two books, Seeing Differently: Insights on Information, and The Social Life of Information. operates six Web sites:,,,, and

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