BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report for Feb 15, 2006 is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission will hold hearings this fall to examine emerging consumer issues in the high-tech global marketplace. Quoting FTC Chair Deborah Platt Majoras, "The FTC will once again bring together the experts to engage in a robust dialogue on the state of technology and the future of consumer protection." BNA says that "Majoras told reporters that the commission will invite experts from industry, academia, and consumers groups to participate in the hearings."
The FTC has posted an announcement on its own site. At this point, we only know that the conference will be held in Washington in "Fall 2006."
Given the de facto role as a major regulator of the Internet that the FTC has taken on, CLC members should be paying close attention to this development.