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Internet Law & Policy Forum Announces New Security and Privacy Working Group
New Group Approaches Security and Privacy Issues with Global Perspective

Seattle, WA (October 21, 2002) — The Internet Law & Policy Forum today announced the formation of a new working group concerning security and privacy issues. This comes on the heels of the most recent ILPF annual conference whose theme was "Security v. Privacy."

"The past year's terrorist attacks have heightened the Internet community's awareness and concern over both security and privacy," says ILPF executive director Andrew Konstantaras. "Advances in technology and the inherently global nature of e-commerce make balancing security and privacy interests even more difficult. Security and privacy are not opponents in a zero-sum game; they can co-exist quite comfortably," says Konstantaras, "But the combination of new laws, new technologies and new business models has made the preservation of our online privacy and security challenging."

Co-chaired by Joseph Alhadeff, chief privacy officer and vice president of global public policy at Oracle Corporation, and Lynne Nostrant, vice president of electronic commerce at Visa International, the group will, according to Konstantaras, "map out the difficult issues and analyze best practices that help preserve the security and privacy of the entire Internet community."

The working group is currently planning to host two expert workshops early in 2003. The first takes place in Brussels in the first quarter; the second is slated for Tokyo during the second quarter. ILPF expert workshops are invitation-only meetings in which experts hold substantive discussions on the hottest issues, latest business developments, and current legal challenges facing the Internet community.

The ILPF also announced new leadership for its authentication working group. The co-chairs will be Roger Cochetti, senior vice president and chief policy officer at VeriSign, and Colm Dobbyn, senior vice president and assistant general counsel at MasterCard International, Inc. Through this group, the ILPF is continuing its groundbreaking work in the authentication arena, following on its publication in 1999 of international principles for digital signatures.

2002 Conference Proceedings
ILPF is also announcing the availability of the proceedings of the 2002 Conference, Security v. Privacy. In response to many requests, ILPF has produced a collection of CDs containing digital audio of the sessions, transcripts and summaries, along with all speaker presentations and background information. The two-day conference brought together some 200 attorneys, policy experts, privacy officers, security experts and e-commerce executives from around the world to present findings and discuss issues critical to the growth of the sustainable global Internet.

"The ILPF is known for hosting some of the most substantive and provocative events on Internet law and policy, and this year was no exception," said Stewart Baker, head of the Global Technology Law Department at Steptoe & Johnson. "The conference proceedings capture both the spirit and the substance of the meeting and will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in these issues."

Conference Proceedings consist of a multi-CD set of executive summaries, transcripts, background material and approximately 20 hours of audio presentations. (Full description of the conference agenda and speakers may be found at www.ilpf.org/conference2002.) The compiled proceedings are a rich resource for business executives, policy-makers, government leaders, and leading technologists. The proceedings are available for US$400 (US$250 government/nonprofit/academic price) and may be ordered through www.ilpf.org.

About ILPF
Founded in 1995, the Internet Law & Policy Forum (ILPF) is dedicated to the sustainable global development of the Internet by bringing law, policy, business and technology together as it addresses some of the most critical issues facing the Internet. The ILPF is an international nonprofit organization whose member companies develop and deploy the Internet in every aspect of business today. Through its conferences, working groups, and expert workshops, the ILPF provides a neutral forum and international perspective in order to discover best practices and develop practical solutions for the multi-faceted challenges posed by the Internet. For more information, please see www.ilpf.org.

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