Monday, July 28, 2008

Cyberspace Committee Highlights at 2008 ABA Annual Meeting

We look forward to seeing many of you at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York in a couple of weeks. Cyberspace Committee meetings begin Friday, August 8 in the afternoon and continue through the morning on Monday, August 11.

The Cyberspace meeting and program schedule is posted here in PDF format for your convenience. The summary notes meeting times and locations as well as a few co-sponsored events.

Please make every effort to attend our phenomenal programs.

The Internet- How it is Governed Today and How it may be Governed Tomorrow: A VIP Panel Discusses the Internet Governance Forum of the UN and the Global Debate about Control & the Future

Co-chairs: Henry L. (Hank) Judy & David E. Satola

Co-sponsors: International Business Law and International Coordinating Committees

Saturday, August 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Juilliard & Uris Conference Level

Paul Twomey, President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Bill Graham of The Internet Society, Ambassador Richard Beaird, U.S. State Department, and Marcus Kummer, United Nations Internet Governance Forum, will discuss the international process convened under the auspices of the UN to consider the management and governance of critical Internet infrastructure. This is a rare opportunity to have leaders in the debate about the future of the Internet focus on the implications of Internet governance for businesses and their lawyers.
Anonymity on the Internet - Protecting Corporate Reputations & Consumer Privacy Against Cyber-Criminals & Other Bad Guys

Chair: Peter McLaughlin

Sunday, August 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m. - Juilliard & Uris, Conference Level

Recall the New Yorker cartoon "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." When individuals and businesses are defending themselves, anonymity creates significant insurmountable barriers. Our panel of experts will explore both the policy and technology of anonymity on the Internet.
Cyberspace Committee Forum: Corporate Responses to National Security Letters - A Preview of an Upcoming Book to be published by the Cyberspace Committee - Chair: Sarah Jane Hughes

Saturday, August 9, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Juilliard & Uris, Conference Level

It's not easy to write a guide about matters cloaked with secrecy. A group of authors stepped up to the challenge and is now wrapping up a deskbook for business lawyers about National Security Letters. The material will be previewed at the Committee Forum.
The Cyberspace Committee is also co-sponsoring Saving Private Data- What You Don't Know About Information Security Could Kill Your Client's Business, a program presented by the Middle Market & Small Business Committee. Monday, August 11, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Empire State Ballroom D, Ballroom Level

The Cyberspace Committee will meet Saturday morning at 9:00 in the Juilliard & Uris rooms on the Conference Level. The meeting will feature a round-up of Committee projects and activities as well as formal transition of Committee leadership to Michael Fleming.

All of the Subcommittees will have interesting discussions of on-going projects. Several will also feature presentations by Committee members or outside speakers.

Electronic Financial Services Subcommittee, Friday, August 8, 1:00 p.m. - Park Avenue Room Mezzanine Level

Developments in managing credit card fraud
Privacy, Security & Data Management Subcommittee, Saturday, August 9, 12:30 - Regency Room, Mezzanine Level

Featuring Valerie Colagero, Privacy & Civil Liberties Officer of the FBI's Terrorist Screening Center will be discussing how The List is managed, how the Privacy office balances priorities, and other good stuff and the Hon. Mozelle Thompson, former Federal Trade Commissioner, speaking about the FTC's Online Behavioral Advertising rules and the implications for any company that markets on the web.
Consumer Financial Services, Internet Delivery & Electronic Banking, Sunday, August 10, 9:15 a.m. Empire State Ballroom B, Ballroom Level

Christina Kunz, co-chair of the Cyberspace Electronic Commerce Subcommittee, will participate in a discussion about electronic contracting.
Internet Governance Task Force, Sunday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. Royale Room, Conference Level

Speakers will discuss planning for the December 2008 meeting of the UN's Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad, India.
Corporate Aspects of Information Technology Subcommittee, Monday, August 11, 10:00 a.m., Executive Boardroom 19, 14th Floor

Alan Wernick will discuss negotiating strategies for arbitration clauses in information technology and intellectual property agreements.

New Opportunity to Develop Model Contract

Attendees at the Annual Meeting will have an opportunity to hear about an exciting new opportunity for our Committee that is just getting underway -- A model contract drafting project with potential to be as important to eCommerce as was our seminal work on EDI back in the early 1990's, as well as an opportunity to work with technology specialists from outside of the law to co-develop a new body of work much as we have already done with the Open Group. Professor Jane Winn and member Tom Smedinghoff have introduced us to some new friends, and we are actively recruiting Cyberspace members to take on this new project.

The Liberty Alliance Project is, in its own words, working to
enable a networked world based on open standards where consumers, citizens, businesses and governments can more easily conduct online transactions while protecting the privacy and security of identity information. This world, where devices and identities of all kinds are linked by federation and protected by universal strong authentication, is being built today with Liberty's open identity standards, business and deployment guidelines and best practices for managing privacy.

We will be looking for members to be involved in a project to develop model contracts that members of Liberty-based networks (known as 'federations') could use, as well as to jointly develop a white paper that could be used to explain the legal underpinnings to others. These sorts of projects are the bedrock of what our committee has done in the past to help in the development of eCommerce, and we're excited to be invited to participate in a new project.

Brett McDowell, Liberty's executive director, will be speaking for a few minutes during our main Committee meeting on Saturday morning during the Annual (from 9 until 10 in the Hyatt's Juilliard and Uris Conference room), and we will also have a short technical presentation in the same room immediately after the main meeting is over for those who want to learn a bit more. Since all of you are certainly planning to hold over until our Program on Internet Governance starts at 10:30 in the same room (RIGHT?), it should be easy for any of you who are interested to stick around!