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Intersection of Technology and Privacy Drives Dialogue at ILPF International Conference

Seattle, WA (September 10, 2002) — Global leaders from the public and private sectors are meeting in Seattle on September 18th and 19th to examine the tensions between security and privacy on the Internet in this post 9/11 world. The annual ILPF (Internet Law & Policy Forum) international conference this year is called "Security v. Privacy," and will draw an impressive array of industry leaders, legal experts and high-ranking government officials dedicated to promoting the growth of the Internet in an increasingly interconnected and often threatening world. The event will be held at Bell Harbor International Conference Center beginning at 9 a.m. on September 18th.

"This year's theme, Security v. Privacy, is more of a question than a statement. These are two of the most important issues facing the Internet community today," said ILPF Executive Director Andrew Konstantaras. "Is the struggle between security and privacy a zero-sum game, or are they two sides of the same coin? What privacy rights do we have in an inherently transnational environment, and how can we enforce those rights? As with most Internet policy challenges, the best responses include a reasoned mix of law, policy, business and technology. The ILPF conference provides international perspectives around the incredible complexities that technology and business face so that everyone involved with Internet makes better policy decisions."

Representatives of governments, industry, consumer groups and academia will join forces at this year's Security v. Privacy Conference to forge a better understanding of legal and policy concerns raised by the new global laws promoting security and attacking terrorism and the profound impact these new laws may have on privacy rights guaranteed by many countries around the world. Panelists and speakers, listed on ILPF's website at http://www.ilpf.org/conference2002/, include Howard A. Schmidt, Vice Chairman of Critical Infrastructure for the U.S. Government; FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle; Marc Rotenberg, Executive Vice President, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Malcom Crompton, Privacy Commissioner, Australia; Christopher Painter, U.S. Department of Justice; Mary W.S. Wong, University of Singapore; Richard Purcell, Microsoft; George Radwanski, Privacy Commissioner of Canada; Hidetoshi Ohno, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan; Professor Michael Geist, Univerity of Ottawa; Stewart Baker, Steptoe and Johnson; and Yoshihiro Aragane, Fujitsu.

Founded in 1995, the Internet Law & Policy Forum (ILPF) is dedicated to the sustainable global development of the Internet by bringing law, policy, business sand 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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Joscelyn Zell, Edelman PR Worldwide

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