[Politech] Cato conference on Oct. 21 on Internet jurisdiction, governance

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Fri Oct 03 2003 - 19:50:20 PDT

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    Subject: Cato conference on Net governance (10/21)
    Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 11:23:12 -0400
    From: "Adam Thierer" <athierer@private>
    To: <declan@private>
         Given your interest in these issues, I thought you might be interested 
    in possibly attending our October 21st event on Internet jurisdiction & 
    governance. Or perhaps you could forward this invite along to your Politech 
    subscribers. I think they would be very interested in attending. The event 
    is free of charge and open to the public. And we have a great group of 
    speakers and keynoters. The event invite is attached. Many thanks,  Adam 
    To attend to the Oct. 21st conference: 
    To order the new book: 
    Who Rules the Net?
    Debating Internet
    Jurisdiction and Governance
    The Cato Institute's Seventh Annual
    Tuesday, October 21, 2003
    Cato Institute * F. A. Hayek Auditorium
    Washington, D.C.
    online or send an email to <mailto:kbrand@private>kbrand@private
    7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration
    8:00-8:10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
    Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Director of Technology Policy, Cato Institute
    Adam D. Thierer, Director of Telecommunications Studies, Cato Institute
    8:10-8:55 a.m. Opening Keynote Address
    Hon. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), Chairman, House Policy Committee
    9:00-10:30 a.m. PANEL 1: "Governance: Debating the Rise of Legal and 
    Technological Borders on an Open Internet"
    Tim Wu, University of Virginia Law School
    David Post, Temple University Law School
    Bruce Kobayashi, George Mason University School of Law
    Peter Trooboff, Covington & Burling
    Gary Jackson, Quova
    10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
    10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PANEL 2: "Who Rules? Current Clashes and the Future 
    of Online Jurisdiction"
    Robert Corn-Revere, Davis Wright Tremaine
    Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling
    Michael Greve, American Enterprise Institute
    Jonathan Band, Morrison & Foerster
    Marc Pearl, IT Policy Solutions
    12:00-12:45 p.m. Luncheon Address
    Jeffrey J. Kovar, U. S. Department of State Chief U. S. Negotiator, Hague 
    Convention, and Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law
    12:45 p.m.- Lunch
    online or send an email to <mailto:kbrand@private>kbrand@private
    About the Conference
    Many people have praised the Internet for its ubiquitous and "borderless" 
    nature and argued that this global medium is revolutionary. Indeed, the 
    World Wide Web increasingly challenges traditional concepts of 
    jurisdiction, governance, and sovereignty. In the universe of cyberspace 
    there are no passports, and geography is often treated as a meaningless 
    But does that mean that traditional concepts of jurisdiction and governance 
    are obsolete? When legal disputes arise in cyberspace, or when governments 
    attempt to apply clashing legal standards or cultural norms to the 
    Internet, how are such matters to be adjudicated? The variance in 
    regulatory preferences from country to country is highlighted by policy 
    disputes over free speech and libel, privacy, intellectual property, 
    antitrust policy, and domain name registration, among other things. Myriad 
    laws and regulations for "real" space are now being directly challenged by 
    the rise of the parallel electronic universe known as cyberspace. Who is 
    responsible for setting the standards in cyberspace? Is a "UN for the 
    Internet" or a multinational treaty appropriate? If not, whose standards 
    should govern cross-border cyber disputes? Are different standards 
    appropriate for cyberspace and "real" space? Those nagging questions are 
    being posed with increasing frequency.
    This year's Technology & Society conference marks the release of the new 
    Cato book 
    Rules the Net? Internet Governance and Jurisdiction. The conference will 
    explore the newest developments in Internet jurisdiction and assess the 
    future of public policy online.
    About The Cato Institute
    The Cato Institute is a public policy research foundation dedicated to the 
    principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and 
    private property. It takes its name from Cato's Letters, popular 
    libertarian pamphlets that helped to lay the philosophical foundation for 
    the American Revolution.
    Despite the Founders' libertarian values, today virtually no aspect of life 
    is free from government encroachment. A pervasive intolerance for 
    individual rights is shown by government's arbitrary intrusions into 
    private economic transactions and its disregard for civil liberties.
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    It holds major conferences throughout the year, from which papers are 
    published thrice yearly in the Cato Journal, and also publishes the 
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