Monday, July 28, 2008

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!


John G said...

actually, wrong! The session on Internet Governance is Sunday, while the general Committee meeting is Saturday. So we may not choose to hang about the same room for 25 hours (since that would mean missing the Committee's Brazilian dinner on Saturday evening...)

Michael Fleming said...

OK -- Forgive my inexact language -- I meant to say the Committee's Program on the "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" being put on by members of the Internet Governance Task Force (and which is co-sponsored by the International Business Law and International Coordinating Committees), which does start at 10:30 AM on Saturday.

But, thanks for giving me another opportunity to plug the program - Everybody should go!

John G said...

Yes, my mistake. There are TWO internet governance events (just to show how imporant the topic is). One of them, the big public show with the international actors, is indeed Saturday morning. The Section's Task Force that will plan an ABA response to the issues, meets on Sunday.

The Saturday panel can't be beat - you could not get four people better placed to know what's really going on or more likely to influence what is really going on, than the four that will be in the room on Aug 9th. It's a tribute to how seriously they are taking the ABA that these people have agreed to come. (It's also a tribute to the credibility established by the co-chairs of the Task Force, in part by their presentations at the Internet Governance Forum's meeting in Rio last November.)