1998年9月21日から開催したINTERNET USERS CONFERENCE


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Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 16:20:38 -0400
From: Michael Sondow
INTERNET PRIVATIZATION:OPEN COMPETITION OR MONOPOLY CONTROL?

Featuring:
MILTON MUELLER, Syracuse Univ
LAWRENCE LESSIG, Harvard Univ
(and a panel of distinguished representatives of public interest on the Internet)

Will Users have a voice in determining the future of the Internet?

Forum on Domain Names and Internet Governance, September
Sept. 23, 7 - 10 PM, at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in N.Y. (and on the Net Sept. 21 - 23)

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INTERNET USERS CONFERENCE

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in collaboration with the International Congress of Independent Internet Users, is hosting an Internet Users Conference. The main topic of the conference will be: 'Internet Privatization: Open Competition or Monopoly Control?'. The key event will be a forum on the evening of September 23rd, 7 - 10pm, in the Great Hall, 7th Street & 3rd Ave in Manhattan, with Milton Mueller (Syracuse U. School of Information Studies), Larry Lessig (Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet and Society), Marcy Gordon (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility), Paul Garrin (PGMedia, Inc.) and others. The forum will be videotaped by NYU-TV and netcast by Cooper Union and will include teleconferencing with major Internet personalities worldwide as well as the debut of a new online conferencing program developed by the Cyber Law Institute.

Sponsors include:
New York Free Media Alliance
International Congress of Independent Internet Users Cooper Union
NYU-TV
Cyber Law Institute

TAKING BACK THE NET: FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF CHOICE ON-LINE

Come to an Open Forum and Panel Discussion on Domain Names and Internet Governance on Wednesday, September 23, 1998, from 7:00 to 10:00pm in the

Great Hall of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in

New York City. The Great Hall is located in the college's Foundation Building, 7th Street at Third Avenue, Manhattan.

***** .net, .org, .art, .com, .media, .gov, .law, .edu

These are Top Level Domains (TLDs), the critical part of your Internet Domain Name or Web address. They help define your identity on the Internet, and they tell people how to access your content.

A single U.S. corporation has a monopoly over them. It decides which are valid. Now this domain name system may be further privatized. Find out how this relates to the issues of free speech, public access, and freedom of choice, all of which are at serious risk on the Net due to the closed discussion between corporate and government interests.

IF INDEPENDENT INTERNET USERS MOBILIZE QUICKLY, THEY CAN BE PART OF THIS HISTORIC DEBATE

Some questions that will be addressed at the Cooper Union forum:

* What do monopolies have to do with the Internet? How will this affectusers?

* Who wants to privatize the Internet? How is it being done? Why should we care?

* How are free speech and freedom of choice on the Internet being jeopardized? What can we do about it?

* What is public opinion about the future of the Internet, Top Level Domain monopoly control, and user representation on the governing board of the new central Internet authority? How can we affect the coming changes?

WHAT YOU CAN DO: THE DNS.FORUM

You can get involved right now by joining DNS.FORUM, where you can help shape the policies that will govern domain name registration and the future of the Internet.

* Join the on-line mailing list: send a message to majordomo@lists.xs2.net, with the words 'subscribe dns.forum' (without the quotation marks) in the message body. After you've joined, you can ask questions, get answers and talk things over with other users by sending email to dns.forum@lists.xs2.net (the list address). You'll be in the online conference right away.

* Starting September 21, a special new software, 'Deliberation.Space', developed by the Cyber Law Institute, will host a revolutionary asynchronous conference space where users can debate the issues Web.

* The DNS.FORUM will culminate in a live panel discussion at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art on Wednesday, September 23,

1998, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, with panelists who specialize in the Internet, telecommunications, free speech, public access and privacy. The live audience will be invited to submit comments, questions, and criticism to the panel.

The goal of the three-pronged Forum is to educate the public about the current Internet DNS situation and create a constituency of independent Internet users who will have a say in the future governance and management of the Internet.

This is your chance to get involved in shaping the future of global communications before it is decided by the corporate interests that seek control of publicly-funded assets at the expense of your free speech, privacy and public access!

***** Contact:

The New York Free Media Alliance (Jessica Glass: (212) 650-2767; email:godbox@ix.netcom.com; voicemail: (212) 969-TOFM)

The International Congress of Independent Internet Users (MichaelSondow: (718) 846-7482; email:msondow@iciiu.net)

Cooper Union (Steve Cantrell: (212) 353-4197)

Visit the International Congress of Independent Internet Users Web site for further background on DNS, information about

the forum, and links to all Forum activities.
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