Open Communications Platforms (11.8 MB WMV) Lots of related materials available here; see: in articles -- "Open Communications Platforms," "Importance of Open Networks," "Open Access to the Broadband Internet," "The Importance of ISPs in the Growth of the Commercial Internet;" in books Cable Mergers and Monopolies, Part II; in testimony "Wireline Braodband."


Justin Hall studies and writes about digital culture. Called a “journalist of the future” for his early active publishing on the world wide web, Hall has translated an enthusiasm for participatory technology into a career studying social engagement with electronic media. Whether reporting on a Klingon Beauty Pageant from the DragonCon game convention or updating the web wirelessly from a snow festival in rural Japan, Hall is widely travelled both online and offline.


Jane Pinckard studies the intersections of international digital youth culture. Her graduate work in Japanese history at the University of California, Berkeley, informs her examination of the emergence of home video consoles and the exchange of fashion and media across the Pacific Ocean. To date her research and articles have appeared in edge publications like Bust, Mindjack, TheFeature, and Read Satellite.

Stanford talk next week -- on Versign and CyberSquatting

4:15PM, Wednesday, October 1, 2003
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Topic: dns typosquatting: methods, effects, and counteraction what verisign's sitefinder means for the internet domain system

Speaker: paul vixie, internet software consortium

About the talk:

Chris Sprigman on the Bret McDanel appeal in Findlaw

CIS Fellow Chris Sprigman has a commentary in Findlaw about the McDanel appeal being handled by Jennifer Granick. Sprigman explain why McDanel should never have been prosecuted in the first place - and why his prosecution has caused serious harms to free speech and runs counter to the Department of Homeland Defense's position that companies should take steps to ensure that their computer systems are secure.

On-line Application of Vermont “harmful to minors” Law Violates First Amendment and Dormant Commerce Clause

American Booksellers addresses the ability of states to regulate on-line transmission of sexually explicit material to minors. The case raises the specific question whether a state statute that limits electronic distribution of sexually explicit material—though it requires knowledge by the distributor that the recipient is a minor—nonetheless violates the First Amendment and dormant Commerce Clause. At stake is a recently enacted Vermont Statute, 13 V.S.A.

Fight Over the Applicability of GLBA Privacy Provisions to Lawyers to Continue

The Gramm-Leach Blilely Act (GLBA) was passed by Congress in November 1999. The Act encourages affiliations between financial institutions that would facilitate the sharing of consumer’s personal information. As a result, the GLBA also contains privacy provisions applicable to “financial institutions” that give consumers the power to decide whether financial institutions can disclose their personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an Opinion Letter stating that these privacy provisions are applicable to practicing attorneys who engage in certain financial activities.

Ninth Circuit Derives Personal Jurisdiction from Internet, Catalog Sales

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that L.L. Bean's Internet, catalog, and mail-order retail operations are sufficient to support personal jurisdiction in California, even though the company has no physical presence in the state. The court held that L.L. Bean's marketing and retail activities, combined with the "virtual store" found on its web site, created a "consistent and substantial pattern of business relations" in California, sufficient to confer personal jurisdiction over the Maine-based company.


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