Friday, April 19
Continental Breakfast Mezzanine Lobby
Morning Keynote: California State Senator Jackie Speier Grand Ballroom
Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo/San Francisco) was elected to the 8th Senate District on November 3, 1998 with 79.2% of the vote. The district includes the western half of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.
Speier first served in the State Legislature as a member of the State Assembly, 1986-1996, where two Republican governors signed 181 of her bills into law. The San Jose Mercury News reported in 1996, that "no one comes close to Speier's remarkable record of getting substantive legislation signed into law." Her legislative success rate was rated "Ruthian" by the Los Angeles Times.
As chair of the Assembly's Consumer Protection Committee for five years, she wrote pro-consumer laws to protect Californians from misleading internet transactions, travel fraud, telemarketing scams, unfair funeral and cremation practices, illegal stock transactions, inaccurate credit reports, gender discrimination in pricing of services, and the resale of lemon vehicles.
Plenary Session #9: Public Records "How Public is too Public? Public Records and Personal Privacy" Grand Ballroom
Public institutions such as libraries, election agencies and courts routinely gather and store records containing personal information on individuals. Computers, databases and the Internet are facilitating greater access to public records, including those records that contain
personal information on individuals. This panel will examine current practices and protections and seek ways to balance an individual's privacy with the public's right to know.
Moderator: Deirdre Mulligan, Boalt Law School, University of California
- Rebecca Daugherty, Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press
- Carrie Gardner, Ph.D., outgoing chair of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee subcommittee on Privacy
- Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation
- Beth Givens, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Plenary Session #10: Are the Tools the Rules?: The Future of the Digital Commons Grand Ballroom
To some, the most appealing aspect of the Internet has been the notion of it as a "commons", a shared, global resource of information and ideas, freely available to any member of any society. But is this a realistic view? Will legal, regulatory and technical changes currently afoot promote or imperil it? Does the increasing consolidation of the ownership of conduit and content bode well or ill? This session will explore these questions and examine some
Introduction: Bruce Koball, Technical Consultant & Information Director, CFP Steering Committee
Speaker: Dewayne Hendricks, Dandin Group
Box Lunch Concurrent Sessions 6-10
- Concurrent Session #6 - The Promise of Privacy Enhancing Technologies Cathedral A
Continuing advancements in computer technology for storing, processing, and transferring personally indentifiable information have vaulted privacy into the public consciousness. Though technology can be used to invade our privacy, various tools, techniques, and standards have emerged over the fast five years aimed at protecting privacy on the Internet. These so-called privacy enhancing technologies will be reviewed by leading experts, who will discuss what's currently available, areas that need
further research, and predictions into technologies of the future.
Moderator: Alex Fowler, Zero Knowledge Systems
- Concurrent Session #7 - The Role of Consumer Education in Protecting Privacy Cathedral B
Privacy and Consumer Education -- There seems to be universal agreement that consumers need to have a better understanding of data privacy and commercial business practices to enable them to make smart choices. However, there is also general agreement that relatively little progress has been made. Who is to blame for the lack of consumer privacy information? How can things improve in the future?
Moderator: Fran Maier, TRUSTe
- Concurrent Session #8 - Copyright and Innovation: the P2P Experience Golden Gate Rooms
The P2P lawsuits are piling up: Napster, Scour, Aimster, Morpheus. Although the rhetoric is about piracy, the litigation is about technology. In every P2P case to date, copyright owners have targeted the technologists, instead of the end-users doing the infringing. What does this mean for the peer-to-peer industry, and what lessons should be drawn by other technology innovators? Are we entering a world where technologists will be held liable for the activities of their end-users?
Moderator: Prof. Peter Menell, UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
- Concurrent Session #9 - International Security Cooperation and Privacy El Dorado Rooms
Following the events of September 11th, the leaders of developed nations have moved quickly to establish new agreements for international security cooperation. Many of these agreements are being forged secretively, and with little democratic oversight. This session discusses the new era of control and surveillance that has arisen since that tragic day, and what it will mean for our privacy and for national security and law enforcement.
Moderator: Simon Davies, Privacy International
- Concurrent Session #10 - Privacy and Private Litigation Telegraph Hill Rooms
Litigation, particularly class action litigation is becoming a significant tool to enforce privacy in the private sector. There have been few if any, class certifications in the Privacy Arena. However, the courts are now struggling with several critical issues that could alter that outcome. This panel will include the counsel for the respective sides in several of these important cases under the Cable and the Electronic
Communications Privacy Act. By considering fact situations that raise these issues, this will be a timely and informative session.
Proceedings: Overview of Litigated Privacy Issues
Moderator: Ron Plesser, Piper Marbury Rudnick and Wolfe LLP
Plenary Session #11: Should We Meet John Doe? Civil Litigation and Anonymity in Cyberspace Grand Ballroom
Civil discovery subpoenas issued to ISPs and OSPs such as Yahoo, Earthlink and AOL seeking the identities of their subscribers and users have become commonplace. These subpoenas raise serious First Amendment concerns. The panel will discuss what legal tests ought to be applied when the identity of an Internet speaker or listener is sought and discuss practical implications for Internet users. It will also discuss possible legal or non-legal responses to the problem
Moderator: Cindy Cohn, EFF
PM Break Mezzanine Lobby
Closing Keynote: Bruce Sterling Grand Ballroom
Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. He has written eight science fiction novels and three short story collections. He edited the anthology MIRRORSHADES, the definitive document of the cyberpunk movement. He also wrote the nonfiction book THE HACKER CRACKDOWN: LAW AND DISORDER ON THE ELECTRONIC FRONTIER (1992) available on the Internet. He has written regular columns on popular science and literary criticism for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Interzone, and Science Fiction Eye. He has appeared in ABC's Nightline, BBC's The Late Show, CBC's Morningside, on MTV, and in Wired, Wall Street Journal, World Art, Time, Newsweek, Details, Nature, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and other equally improbable venues.