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The Public Voice in the Development of Internet Policy

October 7, 1998
Ottawa, Ontario

Sponsored by the
Global Internet Liberty Campaign

Conference Report

Opening Speech: Minister John Manley, Industry Canada

Chair, OECD Ministerial Conference on Electronic Commerce

Keynote Speech: Dr David Johnston

Professor of Law, McGill University
Senior Advisor to the Minister of Industry on Information Technology, Canada

Panel 1 - Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce

Will the traditional consumer protections apply in the electronic commerce environment? Who will determine the jurisdication? Who will enforce fraud protections? How will contracts be signed and guanantees be enforced?

Moderator: Karen Coyle, CPSR

Yves Jomouton, Centre de droit de la consummation, Belgium
Phillip McKee, National Consumer's League, USA
Nathalie St. Pierre, Fédération Nationale des Associations de Consommateurs du Quebec
Louise Sylvan, Consumers International - Ms. Sylvan's presentation
Bjorn Erik Thon, Consumer Council of Norway - Mr. Thon's presentation

Panel 2 - Speech Online and Access

The Internet raises free speech issues on a global level. Issues covered will include filters and rating systems, the European Union efforts on combatting materials "harmful to minors"and the aftermath of the Reno v. ACLU decision. In many countries, there are barriers to access to infrastructure and information. How will universal access and pricing work in the electronic environment?

Moderator: Barry Steinhardt, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Yaman Akdeniz, Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Liberties UK
Pippa Lawson, Public Interest Advocacy Center
Meryem Marzouki, Imaginons un Reseau Internet Soldaire
Sid Shniad, BC Telecommunications Workers Union
Rigo Wenning, Förderverein Informationstechnik undGesellschaft
Jim Dempsey, Center for Democracy and Technology

Lunch Speaker: Stephen Lau, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong


Panel 3 - Privacy and Encryption Online

How will privacy be protected online? This panel discussed the EU Data Protection Directive, the Wassanaar Arrangement, and other interntional and national encryption and privacy policies. The Global Internet Liberty Campaign released its report and survey on international privacy policy.

Moderator: Deborah Hurley, Harvard University Information Infrastructure Project

David Banisar, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Jim Savary, York University
David Jones, Electronic Frontier Canada
Ulf Brühan, European Commission, DG XV
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Austria

Panel 4 - Human Rights in the 21st Century

What is the next generation of rights? How are the current rights enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and other International agreements going to apply in the electronic world? This panel will look at the future of human rights on the global networks.

Moderator: Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Harry Hochheiser, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, "One Planet, One Net" campaign and conference
Jagdish Parikh, Human Rights Watch
Edwin Rekosh, Columbia University
Felipe Rodriguez, Electronic Frontiers Australia
Laurie Wiseberg, Human Rights Internet


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