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Experts discuss growing debates in cyberlaw

The nation’s leading authorities on the legal issues of cyberspace will meet from Friday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 4, at the University of Chicago Law School. The conference, titled “The Law of Cyberspace,” will feature top experts in computer-information issues, including Larry Irving, President Clinton’s top adviser on cyberspace and communications.

As the use of computer-based environments such as the Internet develops, complex legal questions arise. How do people safeguard their privacy? How can parents control information available to their children without squelching freedom of speech? How can owners of intellectual property protect property rights in a world that grows tinier everyday?

“There’s a lot of fluff in cyberlaw, and Chicago will be a great place to shake the fluff out,” said Lawrence Lessig, Professor in the Law School at the University of Chicago and adviser to the Legal Forum for the symposium.

The conference will examine the evolving law governing electronic communication, including privacy, property and freedom of speech. The conference is sponsored by the University of Chicago Legal Forum, a student-edited journal. Research papers presented will be used in the next edition of the Forum. All panel discussions are free and open to the public.

Clinton adviser Irving, assistant secretary for communications and information at the U.S. Department of Commerce and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, will open the conference with a keynote address at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Irving is Clinton’s principal adviser on domestic and international communications and information issues. He represents the executive branch before Congress, federal agencies and foreign governments and organizations.

Researchers will share their expertise in three panel discussions titled “Privacy in Cyberspace,” “Property in Cyberspace” and “The First Amendment in Cyberspace.” The panels will be moderated by University Provost Geoffrey Stone and Professors Lessig and Kenneth Dam.

The symposium events will all take place at the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St. The keynote address will be in the school’s auditorium; panel discussions will be in the school’s courtroom. The conference schedule is as follows:

The Law of Cyberspace

University of Chicago Legal Forum

FRIDAY, Nov. 3

4:15 p.m.

Keynote Address Keynote Address: Larry Irving, assistant secretary for communications and information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and administrator of the National

Telecommunications and Information Administration.

SATURDAY, Nov. 4

10:15 a.m.

"Privacy in Cyberspace" "It Came From Planet Clipper: Why the Clinton Administration’s Revised Key Escrow Proposals Are Doom(ed).”– A. Michael Froomkin, associate professor of law at the University of Miami

"Legitimate Business Interests: No End in Sight?” – Oscar Gandy, professor, Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania

"Pooling Intellectual Capital: Anonymity, Pseudonymity and Contingent Identity in Cyberspace” – David Post, visiting associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center

"Compelling the Production of Plain Text in Keys” – Phillip R. Reitinger, trial attorney at the computer crime unit of the U.S. Department of Justice

1:45 p.m.

"Property in Cyberspace" "Copyright and Regulation in Cyberspace” – Trotter Hardy, professor of law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary

"Property and Innovation in the Global Information Infrastructure"– Henry Perritt Jr., professor of law at Villanova University

Frank H. Easterbrook, judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Chicago, will also be a panelist.

3:30 p.m.

"The First Amendment in Cyberspace"

"In Cyberspace, Constitutional Lawyers Should be Quiet” – Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School

"Software Worlds and the First Amendment: Models of Virtual Doorkeepers" – Ethan Katsh, professor of legal studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"Freedom of Speech on the Infobahn from the Listener’s Perspective" – Eugene Volokh, acting professor of law at the UCLA School of Law

 

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