cr> Conferences; Gatherings


Richard Moore

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996
From: •••@••.••• (Anthony E. Wright)
To: Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Invite to Media and Democracy Congress

Dear Telecommunications Roundtable participant:

Please join the Center for Media Education and other nonprofits at the
upcoming Media & Democracy Congress.  It will take place in San Francisco,
February 29 through March 3, and offers the opportunity to get together
with media activists, organizational leaders, and others who share our
interest in the current political landscape, to strategize and plan for
the public media of the 21st century.  You will receive a full Congress
brochure in the mail shortly.

The Congress begins on the morning of Thursday, February 29, with training
opportunities and "affinity group" meetings (online, radio, TV, and
advocacy press).  That evening there will be a plenary on "The Future of
Journalism in a Disney World" and a welcome reception.  Other plenaries,
panels and workshops dominate the following two and a half days with
prominent speakers addressing issues of technology, the right-wing, gender,
commercialism, diversity, media activism, collaboration and funding.

There will also be a special session devoted to access issues and related
issues entwined throughout the Congress.  Your participation would be
valuable.  Please direct any questions to Viveca Greene, the Congress
Coordinator, at 415-284-1419.

Center for Media Education

Anthony E. Wright                       •••@••.•••
Coordinator, Future of Media Project    Center for Media Education

Date: Wed, 31 Jan 1996
From: •••@••.••• (Hal Abelson)
To: "Multiple recipients of list •••@••.•••"
Subject: CFP96: Student registration is full.  Others should register soon.

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The Sixth Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy will take
place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on March 27-30,
1996.  CFP96 is hosted by MIT and by the World Wide Web Consortium.

You can register for CFP96 by US Mail, by fax, or via the World Wide

Conference attendance will be limited.  Due to the enormous public
interest in CFP issues over the past year, we encourage you to
register early.

Students: We regret to announce that the 100 registration slots we
reserved at the special student rate have all been filled as of
January 31.  All further registrations will be at the regular rate.


For more information, see the CFP96 Web page at


or send a blank email message to


Since its inception in 1991, the series of CFP conferences has brought
together experts and advocates from the fields of computer science,
law, business, public policy, law enforcement, government, and many
other areas to explore how computer and telecommunications
technologies are affecting freedom and privacy.

Events planned for this year's conference include:

  - An exploration of the struggle over the control over controversial
  material on the global network.  This will examine the feasibility
  of technological solutions for controlling access to content, and
  question whether the assertion of domestic sovereignty over parts of
  the global network is even possible

  - A moot Supreme Court hearing to determine the constitutionality of
  a proposed US law to prohibit the use of encryption in data
  communications, unless the decryption keys are escrowed to ensure
  government access to them.

  - A look at the emerging technology of digital cash and the
  possibility of anonymous electronic payments over the Internet,
  emphasizing the challenges both to privacy and to law-enforcement.

  - An examination of whether computer-mediated communication, with
  its many-to-many nature, might make become an effective counterpoint
  to traditional mass media in influencing public policy.

  - Queries into the interrelationship between copyright and free
  expression: Will copyright law be an enabler of freedom of
  expression in digital networked environments or will it be an
  impediment to free speech?

  - A discussion of international developments in cryptography policy
  and regulation and what multinational companies are doing to meet
  their encryption needs.

  - A look at the impact of the explosive spread of the internet in
  China and throughout Asia.  Can a society have competitive economic
  development without permitting the freedom of expression and access
  made possible by new information technologies?  What are some of the
  likely social impacts of the internet on China and of the Chinese
  internet on the outside world?

  - Demonstrations of the latest information technology affecting
  freedom and privacy, and tutorials on technical and legal issues.

Hal Abelson
Phone: (617) 253-5856   Fax: (617) 258-8682
Email: •••@••.•••

MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Room NE43-429
545 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996
From: •••@••.••• (Benton Foundation)
To: Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••>
Subject: $100 Billion Giveaway Forum

The Benton Foundation is unveiling a new public space on our web site for
discussion of communication policy issues such as spectrum allocation and
the transition to digital television, connecting schools to computer
networks, and universal service.  In order to get the discussion going, we
would like to invite you to become one of the initial participants in this

The Forum Page on Benton's World Wide Web site
( will make use of new
Web tools to facilitate discussions on communications policy subjects.
This technology will  allow users to read and post opinions on public
policy options and will also allow discussants to post responses in
HyperText Markup Language (HTML) -- enabling posters to cite other
locations on the Internet and to create links to those sites.

Our first discussion topic is on spectrum allocation and the transition to
digital television.  Our latest working paper -- Pretty Pictures or Pretty
Profits -- outlines a number of options concerned nonprofits might follow
to insure public interest values in the age of digital television.  Any new
spectrum allocation plan must include protecting the public interest.  The
public owns these coveted airwaves and for the government to give them away
with no additional public interest safeguards and no compensation to the
American taxpayer is scandalous.  Right now the owners of the airwaves --
the public -- are in a once-in-a-lifetime position to define what "in the
public interest" will mean in the age of digital television.

I hope that you will help us get our discussions
posting your opinion on the various options outlined by Pretty Pictures.
Your input will help our colleagues to define what "in the public
interest" means in the age of digital television .

Benton Foundation


 Posted by Richard K. Moore (•••@••.•••) Wexford, Ireland
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