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Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson is slated to host two separate panels next week -- one titled "The Good News About the New, New Economy" at Stanford University Law School on November 5, 2001, and one titled "Why Online Privacy Is Still Important" on November 7, 2001 at the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt School of Law. Each will be open to the public and press. Details regarding the events are as follows:

"The Good News About the New, New Economy"

DISCUSSION OVERVIEW: This roundtable will feature leaders from industry, government and academia providing the Stanford community and the public an opportunity to "listen in" on a discussion moderated by Commissioner Thompson about the future of technology and the American economy. The participants will share their insights about lessons learned during the past nine years of economic growth, and where they expect to see new economic opportunities.
WHERE/WHEN: Stanford University Law School, Room 290, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Julia Erwin-Weiner at
SPEAKERS: In addition to Commissioner Thompson:
  • Henry "Hank" V. Barry, partner with the Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and a former interim Napster CEO
  • Carly S. Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard Company Chairman and CEO
  • Yair Landau, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment President
  • Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

"Why Online Privacy is Still Important"

DISCUSSION OVERVIEW: Following an introductory presentation by Commissioner Thompson, panelists will discuss privacy issues and related regulatory activity, again blending the government and academic perspectives with those from consumers groups and the private sector. The program also will provide audience members an opportunity to pose questions to the panelists.
SPEAKERS: In addition to Commissioner Thompson:
  • Pamela Samuelson, Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Boalt Hall School of Law (moderator)
  • Fran Maier, Executive Director of the online privacy advocacy group, TRUSTe
  • Chris Larson, CEO and Chairman of the Board for E-LOAN
  • Gail Hillebrand, Senior Attorney, Consumers Union
  • Deirdre Mulligan, Director, Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic, Boalt Hall School of Law
WHERE/WHEN: Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (program) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, (reception)
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