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EFFector - Volume 14, Issue 2 - BayFF Meeting Examines the Future of the Net with Larry Lessig


EFFector - Volume 14, Issue 2 - BayFF Meeting Examines the Future of the Net with Larry Lessig

    EFFector       Vol. 14, No. 2       Feb. 9, 2001
   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424
  IN THE 162nd ISSUE OF EFFECTOR (now with over 26,300 subscribers!):
     * BayFF Meeting Examines the Future of the Net with Larry Lessig,
       Next Week
     * Staffing Changes at EFF: Activist Will Doherty Hired
     * EFF Awarded Grant by Center for the Public Domain (ex- Red Hat
     * Administrivia
   For more information on EFF activities & alerts:
BayFF Meeting Examines the Future of the Net with Larry Lessig, Next Week

      Media Advisory
  Feb. 12, 2001 BayFF Hosts Lawrence Lessig on "Architecting Innovation"
    Come Check It Out
      Join EFF with renowned Internet legal expert Lawrence Lessig in a
      discussion about architecting innovation
   WHO: Electronic Frontier Foundation, Lawrence Lessig. Music by UKUSA
   WHAT: "BayFF" centers on Architecture and Innovation on the Web
   WHEN: Monday, February 12th, 2000, at 7pm PT
   WHERE: Stanford Law School, room 290
                  Crown Quadrangle
                  559 Nathan Abbott Way
                  Stanford, CA 94305-8610
   This event is free and open to the general public. Food and beverages
   will be served.
   Lawrence Lessig is a Professor of Law at the Stanford Law School. He
   was the Berkman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. From 1991 to
   1997, he was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. He
   graduated from Yale Law School in 1989, and then clerked for Judge
   Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Justice
   Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
   Lessig teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law,
   contracts, comparative constitutional law, and the law of cyberspace.
   His book, Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace, is published by Basic
   Books. In 1999-2000, he was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in
   Berlin. Lessig will discuss the changing architecture of the Internet
   and how these changes, both legal and technical, will effect the
   environment for innovation.
   BayFF is first and foremost a real-space event, meant to serve as an
   educational forum for the local community, as well as a catalyst for
   like-minded activists. Locals, please show your support in person!
   BayFF fans and followers that are scattered across the country and
   around the world can access this month's BayFF WebCast at:
   February's BayFF will be Webcast by Eclipsnow! which has kindly
   donated its services to EFF. Eclipsnow! has been Webcasting corporate
   events, public affairs music and entertainment since 1996. It requires
   Windows Media Player as far as we know (though RealPlayer 8 might also
   For directions to the event, you can use free services like or to generate driving
   directions or maps. For CalTrain and Muni directions, please call
   their information lines.
   You can subscribe to receive future BayFF annoucements. To subscribe,
   email and put this in the text (not the subject
   line): subscribe bayff.
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
   organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded
   in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and
   government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
   information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and
   maintains one of the most-linked-to Web sites in the world:
   Continuing over 10 years of defending civil liberties online, EFF
   presents a series of regular meetings to address important issues
   where technology and policy collide. These meetings, entitled "BayFF"
   Bay-area Friends of Freedom), kicked off on July 10, 2000, and will
   continue on a monthly basis.
    For more information, see:
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation:
   Prof. Lawrence Lessig's home page:
     Katina Bishop
     Director of Education & Offline Activism
     Electronic Frontier Foundation
     +1 415 436 9333 x101

Staffing Changes at EFF: Activist Will Doherty Hired

      Electronic Frontier Foundation Press Release -- Feb. 8, 2001
  Online Activist Will Doherty Joins EFF Staff
    Senior Industry Professional to Spearhead Electronic Frontier Foundation's
    Grassroots Activism
      For Immediate Release
     Will Doherty - EFF Online Activist
     +1 415 436 9333
     Shari Steele - EFF Executive Director
     +1 415 436 9333
   SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 8, 2001 - The Electronic Frontier
   Foundation (EFF) today announced the hire of Will Doherty as the
   organization's Online Activist, spearheading online outreach and
   grassroots organizing on EFF's pioneering work to protect Internet
   free speech and privacy rights. Doherty will cultivate strategic
   partnerships and coordinate educational and advocacy campaigns online.
   In addition, Doherty will develop and coordinate relationships with
   media covering the Internet policy beat.
   "We are so excited to have Will join our team," exclaimed EFF's
   Executive Director Shari Steele. "Will brings to EFF more than 20
   years of experience as an online activist and computing consultant.
   His work within the online civil liberties community is well known and
   well-respected. We're all looking forward to working with Will as he
   communicates our work to the online world."
   "As Internet technology has challenged our traditional notions of
   civil liberties, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has stepped up to
   protect the rights of all people who use the Internet," said Doherty.
   "I am proud to join such an important organization."
   Doherty also currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of the
   Online Policy Group, dedicated to "one Internet with equal access for
   all." Doherty has designed and implemented Internet strategies and
   websites for many nonprofit community and advocacy organizations.
   Prior to founding the Online Policy Group, Doherty served as the
   Director of Online Community Development at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance
   Against Defamation (GLAAD), where he focused on the online rights of
   the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He managed
   GLAAD's Digital Media Resource Center in San Francisco, cultivating
   strategic partnerships in Silicon Valley and beyond.
   Doherty has been part of the online community for a long time. In the
   early 1980s, Doherty worked on the ARPANET, precursor of the Internet.
   Doherty served as the Globalization Operations Manager at Sybase,
   Inc., and as a Localization Program Manager and a Technical Writer for
   Sun Microsystems, Inc. Doherty holds an MBA from Golden Gate
   University and a BS in Computer Science and Writing from Massachusetts
   Institute of Technology.
   EFF's long-time online activist & tech Stanton McCandlish remains with
   the organization, and is now devoted full-time to webmastering. Of
   Doherty he said, "I can't think of anyone more qualified to be our
   activist & press manager than Will, and I'm delighted he's on board
   with us."
    About EFF:
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
   organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded
   in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and
   government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
   information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and
   maintains one of the most linked-to Web sites in the world:

EFF Awarded Grant by Center for the Public Domain (ex- Red Hat Center)

      Center for the Public Domain Press Release -- Feb. 9, 2001
  Center for the Public Domain Funds Projects Worldwide
    to Address Intellectual Property Issues, Open Access and the Fair Exchange
    of Information
      For Immediate Release
     Tawnya Louder-Reynolds
     Center for the Public Domain
     +1 919 549 8388
   DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA -- The Center for the Public Domain (formerly
   Red Hat Center) today announced a series of grants to organizations
   worldwide that will provide information to raise the public's
   knowledge of open access and the fair exchange of information from
   medicine to the Internet to software, as well as study the
   repercussions of current intellectual property (IP) treaties and
   legislation. The grant recipients are known for their success in
   building alliances, education, research and reporting, and their IP
   advocacy efforts.
   The grantees are:
   Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (California)
   The mission of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology is to foster
   beneficial and ethical advancement of technology by promoting the
   understanding and guiding the development of intellectual property and
   related fields of law and policy as they intersect with business,
   science and technology. Attorney Fred von Lohmann is conducting
   intellectual property law research.
   Consumer Project on Technology (CPT) (District of Columbia)
   Established by Ralph Nader, CPT focuses on intellectual property
   rights and health care, electronic commerce and competition policy. As
   the primary global advocate for compulsory licensing of patents of
   essential medicines, CPT responds to trade policies and practices on
   intellectual property influencing the price of medicines in poor and
   developing countries. CPT is also addressing the "Hague Treaty on
   Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters"
   and its consequences for e-commerce.
   Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) (California)
   A leading organization focused on representing the rights of
   individuals worldwide, EFF works in the public interest to protect
   fundamental civil liberties, including privacy and freedom of
   expression in the arena of computers and the Internet. EFF works to
   preserve free expression by upholding rights to digital free
   expression from political, legal and technical threats, defining
   digital privacy by empowering people to maintain their privacy and
   control their digital identity and ensuring systems are designed to
   respect people's rights, such as free speech, privacy and fair use.
   Free Software Foundation (FSF) (Massachusetts)
   The Free Software Foundation is dedicated to eliminating restrictions
   on copying, redistribution, understanding, and modification of
   computer programs by promoting the development and use of free
   software in all areas of computing.
   Collaborative Ownership in a Digital Economy (CODE) (England)
   A partnership between Academic Europaea and the Arts Council of
   Cambridge, England, CODE (an April 2001 meeting) will examine issues
   such as community and copyright, recovering the 'collective'
   independent networks of research and collaboration, the need for
   intellectual property systems to evolve in line with changing
   technologies, the shifts in conventional approaches to learning and
   research enabled by collaborative technologies and the emergence of
   open code and open content applications as key drivers of the
   knowledge economy.
   Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) (District of Columbia.)
   EPIC is a public research center established to focus public attention
   on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, First
   Amendment rights, and constitutional values. As part of a wide range
   of landmark reports on critical issues affecting the future of the
   Internet, EPIC will publish "Surfer Beware IV," a report that examines
   the extent to which proprietary standards are threatening the privacy,
   freedom of expression, and the open architecture of the Internet. For
   other Surfer Beware reports, see
   Federation for a Free Informational Infrastructure (FFII) (Germany)
   A public-interest association designed to promote free competition in
   the software field and to fund public interest. FFII is conducting
   software patent research.
    About the Center for the Public Domain (the Center):
   Founded in January 2000, the Center for the Public Domain has awarded
   over $4.8 million in grants to projects worldwide, supporting efforts
   to raise public awareness on intellectual property issues and access
   to information. The Center is a nonprofit foundation that strives to
   raise awareness, support research and fund educational programs,
   promote collaboration and build partnerships that strengthen the
   public community of shared information, culture, and ideas. Its goals
   are to increase public awareness of the value of growing the public
   domain and its benefit to society, and to support advocacy that
   promotes collaboration, open access, and the fair exchange of
   The Mission of the Center for the Public Domain is to support the
   growth of a healthy and robust public domain by establishing programs,
   grants, and partnerships in the areas of academic research, medicine,
   law, education, media, technology, and the arts.
   For more information on the Center for the Public Domain, see or for information on Center
   grants, see .


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