FC: Internet Society denies press credentials to online publication

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Jun 02 2002 - 13:35:35 PDT

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    [I hope this is a simple misunderstanding and the good folks at the 
    Internet Society can clear it up. Disclaimer: I ran for the board of 
    directors of the Internet Society four years ago. (I lost.) --Declan]
    Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 15:21:53 -0400 (EDT)
    From: "John F. McMullen" <observerat_private>
    To: Dave Farber <farberat_private>, <declanat_private>
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    Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 15:10:17 -0400 (EDT)
    From: rondaat_private
    To: johnmacsgroupat_private
    I thought this would be of interest:
    The Internet Society is having a conference INET'2002 in Washington DC
    in the middle of June. Following is some backgound on the reporting
    about the Internet by the Amateur Computerist, and the denial of
    press credentials by INET'2002 to Amateur Computerist editors.
    The business press is welcome at INET'2002 as press, not the online
    public interest press.
     >From jrh Sat Jun  1 11:14:04 2002
     >Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 11:14:03 -0400 (EDT)
     >From: jrhat_private (Jay Hauben)
     >Subject: ISOC denies presspass
    The Amateur Computerist began covering the online world in 1988. In
    September 1993 when the Wall Street Journal was going to carry one of its
    first articles about the Internet, its reporter interviewed one of the
    editors of the Amateur Computerist. In 1992 another editor, Michael
    Hauben, was one of the founding members of the Internet Society. The AC
    has covered the Internet and Internet related events in depth. Its
    reporters attended and reported on INET96 and INET98. Extensive coverage
    and criticism was given of ICANN. One of our editors, Ronda Hauben, has
    been invited to speak about Internet related topics in many
    venues including at a meeting of ISOC-NY.
    All of the AC reportage comes from the viewpoint that the Internet is
    a public treasure and needs the protection of the governments of the
    world. But the AC welcomes a spectrum of viewpoints.
    But somehow the AC does not belong at INETs any more. The coverage of
    INETs should be the exclusive domain of the mainstream media not the
    public oriented media like the Amateur Computerist.
    The following email message was the response I received to the Amateur
    Computerist's request to cover INET2002.
    The latest issue of the Amateur Computerist Vol 11 No 1 is available at:
     >>From: Melissa Byrd <mbyrdat_private>
     >>To: Jay Hauben <jrh29at_private>
     >>Subject: Re: Press Passes Requested
    Dear Jay,
    Thank you for your interest in covering INET 2002.  Unfortunately, I
    cannot approve your request for an INET 2002 press pass.  Due the
    limited space this year, we must give preference to those media
    outlets with the broadest and largest audiences, such as Newsweek, The
    Wall St. Journal, CNET, etc.  However, I will put your name on our
    waiting list and contact you if there is a last-minute cancellation.
    We do value your interest in our conference and hope you are still
    able to attend INET 2002.
    Kind regards,
    Melissa Byrd
    Marketing Communications/INET 2002
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