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AVG Technologies Chief Policy Officer Siobhan MacDermott to Speak as “Visiting Future-ist” for the Future of Information Alliance at the University of Maryland

AVG Technologies (NYSE:AVG):

WHAT: The University of Maryland’s Future of Information Alliance will host invitation-only discussions in a series entitled, “The Big Picture of Big Data.” Visiting Future-ists will give 10-minute presentations on the topic as it pertains to their respective industry or discipline.

The Future of Information Alliance was launched at the University of Maryland in 2011. It was created to serve as a catalyst for dialogue across disciplines and to promote research on issues related to the evolving role of information in our lives. By identifying shared challenges and encouraging innovative solutions, the Future of Information Alliance seeks to facilitate a future in which information in all its forms can be an effective resource for all. The founding partners include the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, the Newseum, Sesame Workshop, the U.S. National Park Service, the Barrie School, the Online Academy, WAMU 88.5 and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. The Future of Information Alliance is co-directed by Ira Chinoy, a University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism associate professor and associate dean, and Allison Druin, a professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool).

WHO: Siobhan MacDermott is a respected thought leader on the future of Information Technology, consumer dynamics, cybersecurity, privacy, and business leadership. She is currently Chief Policy Officer of AVG Technologies (NYSE:AVG), having worked in senior leadership positions at many reputable U.S. and global technology companies. MacDermott is both a US and EU national, and has worked on four continents and speaks five languages. She received her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, is working on her second Masters degree at the Fletcher School, and serves on and advises several boards including the Internet Security Alliance and the Fund for Peace.

AVG’s mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG’s powerful yet easy-to-use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG’s software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 146 million active users as of December 31, 2012 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimization, online backup, mobile security, identity protection and family safety software. For more information, please visit www.avg.com.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, exact session times TBD

WHERE: The State Senate Building, Annapolis, MD.

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