Declan McCullagh | 3 Feb 15:46 2003

FC: SF and DC events: Stanford (3/1), Cato (2/5), EPIC (5/9)


Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 23:37:15 -0800
To: declan <at>
From: Lauren Gelman <lauren <at>>

Hi Declan.

Can you circulate to Politech?  Registration is now open!




Spectrum Policy:
Property or Commons?
Stanford Law School
March 1-2, 2003

Sponsored by:
Thomas Hazlett, the Manhattan Institute, and
Lawrence Lessig of the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society
Full conference details and registration at:


**A moot court where  "property"  proponents Thomas Hazlett and Professor 
Gerald R. Faulhaber  will debate "commons" proponents Professor Lawrence 
Lessig and Professor Yochai Benkler about which architecture most 
effectively promotes efficiency and innovation. This moot court will honor 
Nobel Prize winning economist Ronald Coase, who criticized the FCC's 
spectrum policy in 1959, arguing that rules preempting private ownership of 
spectrum led to catastrophic inefficiencies in the market. The Judges will 
include FCC Chairman Michael Powell, renowned economist Harold Demsetz, and 
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski.

**Professor Yochai Benkler, from NYU Law School, presenting a proposal to 
treat spectrum as a commons with comments by Professors Gerald R. 
Faulhaber, former FCC Chief economist, Professor David Farber, former FCC 
technologist, Professor Howard Shelanski, former FCC Chief Economist, and 
J. Gregory Sidak, Director of AEI's Telecommunications Deregulation Project.

**Presentations of two property based proposals for regulating spectrum, 
including "A Proposal for a Rapid Transition to Market Allocation of 
Spectrum" from the FCC Office of Plans and Policy and a paper by Thomas 
Hazlett of the Manhattan Institute, with comments by Dewayne Hendricks, CEO 
of the The Dandin Group, Tim Shepard, and Kevin Werbach, former Counsel for 
New Technology Policy at the FCC.

**Dr. David P. Reed explaining what's different about emerging spectrum 
technologies? Why do they present new regulatory issues? what's new, and 
just why that should matter.

**Lunch panel with presentations on a number of business models for 
utilizing spectrum under both property and commons regulatory regimes 
including mesh networks and Community wireless networking.

** Sunday Workshop on "Spectrum Etiquette" where participants will explore 
whether the unlicensed spectrum band needs etiquette rules at this time? Or 
should the FCC leave the space alone?

Full conference details and registration at:


  Corporate ($695)
  Academic/Non-Profit/Government ($195)
  Student ($50)
  Press (free, but must register)

CLE credit available


Lauren Gelman, Esq.
Assistant Director
Center for Internet and Society

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

(ph) 650-724-3358
(fax) 650-723-4426
gelman <at>


Subject: Cato Broadcast Flag Forum, Feb. 5th
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 10:36:48 -0500
From: "Thomas Pearson" <tpearson <at>>
To: <declan <at>>

Hi Declan,

Politech readers may be interested in an upcoming Cato Policy Forum: Battle 
over the Broadcast Flag.  Thanks,

Thomas Pearson

Invitation follows:

Battle over the Broadcast Flag: The IP Wars and the HDTV Transition

Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. (Luncheon to follow)

Featuring Fritz Attaway, Motion Picture Association of America; Jim Burger, 
Dow, Lohnes & Albertson; Mike Godwin, Public Knowledge; and Andy Setos, Fox 
Entertainment Group.

The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The IP wars have shifted to a new battlefield the Federal Communications 
Commission as the content and the computer industries square off over how 
to protect broadcast video programming. Programmers fear the 
"Napsterization" of their programming as digital television transmissions 
become more popular and propose that a federally mandated broadcast flag be 
included in all future programming and receiving devices to prevent piracy. 
Computer companies and many consumer interest groups argue that the FCC 
should not mandate technology standards for electronic devices and deprive 
consumers of their fair use rights. Who will prevail in this latest IP 

Cato policy forums and luncheons are free of charge. To register for this 
event, please fill out the form below and click submit or call Krystal 
Brand by February 4, 2003, at (202) 789-5229, fax her at (202) 371-0841, or 
e-mail to kbrand <at> News media inquiries only (no registrations), 
please call 202-789-5200. If you can't make it to the Cato Institute, watch 
this forum live online.


Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 09:41:35 -0500
To: declan <at>
From: Mihir Kshirsagar <mihir <at>>
Subject: Symposium announcement

Could you please post this save-the-date announcement to Politech?

Mihir Kshirsagar
Policy Analyst

*Save the date* May 9-10 Uniting Privacy & First Amendment Symposium, 
Oakland, CA

Uniting Privacy and the First Amendment in the 21st Century is an activist 
Symposium designed to explore the interplay between privacy and First 
Amendment rights with the goal of developing strategies for optimizing 
both.The event is sponsored by First Amendment Project, Electronic Privacy 
Information Center and the Office of Privacy Protection of the California 
Department of Consumer Affairs. The conference will be held May 9-10 in 
Oakland, California. Visit for 
more information.

Request for proposals:

This conference will be a participatory strategic meeting of activists and 
experts in the areas of privacy and First Amendment rights.  We are 
planning both informational sessions to bring attendees up to speed on 
quickly evolving issues as well as smaller working group sessions designed 
to foster strategy formulation and future collaboration. We are currently 
accepting proposals for presentations for both informational and working 
group sessions.  If you are interested in making a presentation or leading 
a Working Group, please submit a brief letter outlining your proposed 
presentation to 
<mailto:dgreene <at>>dgreene <at> 
Proposals should include a brief explanation of the issue to be addressed, 
a list of possible presenters, and the desired outcome of the session.  We 
are particularly interested in presentations that will foster interaction 
among participants, leading to plans for moving forward, draft legislation, 
and other types of  proactive results.


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