In one of the most bizarre collaborations in digital history, Cisco Systems has teamed up with the United Nations to bring the world NetAid, a day-long musical charity event designed to help rid the world of poverty and promote world peace. On Saturday, October 9, 1999, a host of recording artists ranging from Busta Rhymes, Sting, the reunited Eurythmics, and David Bowie will be performing simultaneous concerts in New York City, London, and Geneva. The event will be broadcast free worldwide by television, radio, and most notably, in Webcast form, in hopes to bring recognition and money to five social action causes, including relieving the world's poorest countries from debt. World-renowned rock musicians Bono and Wyclef Jean have organized the event with the help of LiveAid producer Harvey Goldsmith, and David Goldberg and Don Mischer, who together produced The Opening & Closing Ceremonies for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. NetAid's mission is "to harness this power [of the World Wide Web] and use the Internet as a medium of social and economic change." After the concert, NetAid hopes to inspire people to continue to strive to make the world a better place through the millennium. The NetAid Website asks users to sign a petition to end world debt and make a donation to NetAid. This week's In the News looks at this online happening through the following eight resources containing news, information, and official sites about this upcoming event.
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