Public Policy Cosponsors Internet Policy Forum Today

Posted: July 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The School of Public Policy (SPP) and the Electronic Retailing Association have joined to address the pressing issues related to Internet self-regulation by cosponsoring “Internet Policy Forum: Successes and Challenges of Self-Regulation,” an open dialogue featuring representatives from government, the private sector, and public interest groups. The forum is held today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C., from 2 to 5:30 p.m.

Provost Peter Stearns serves as moderator for the event, which launches a research agenda for SPP that focuses on exploring and evaluating various approaches to self-regulation.

“To a great extent, federal and state regulators have shown considerable restraint in taking regulatory action against the Internet industry,” says Kingsley Haynes, dean of SPP. “This cautious attitude is unlikely to last unless evidence develops to convince regulators and advocacy groups that self-regulatory measures are being effectively implemented, and that self-regulation can indeed work.”

Among the invited participants in this first Internet Policy Forum event are officials from eBay, Priceline, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, American Express, MasterCard, Visa USA, America Online, Bell Atlantic, PSINet, Sprint National Integrated Services, Yahoo!, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration,, iQVC, JCPenney, Lillian Vernon, the Direct Marketing Association, the Information Technology Association of America, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Online Privacy Alliance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cisco Systems, Dell Computer Corp., Gateway, IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., and Nortel Networks.

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