UPDATE: State of the Net West Postponed Due to Rare Congressional Votes
Due to unforeseeable circumstances in the United State Congress, we regret to announce that we have postponed the 4th annual State of the Net West conference scheduled in San Jose on August 11.
As most of you know, Speaker Pelosi has called the House back into session next week from recess to vote on pending legislation. This is a very rare event, occurring only twice in the last 20 years. The most recent incidence was in 2005 when the House reconvened early to pass emergency legislation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Unfortunately, this unanticipated situation will prevent Reps. Lofgren and Goodlatte from being able to join us in San Jose on August 11th. Without them, we won't accomplish the event's main goal -- facilitating a conversation between DC decision-makers and Silicon Valley.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to host a Silicon Valley event with Reps. Lofgren and Goodlatte later this month. With all of the movement in Internet policy happening in Washington right now, we believe the conversations that happen at State of the Net West are more important than ever. We are in the midst of critically defining moments for broadband regulation, online privacy legislation, and digital copyright -- all issues that call for more dialogue between Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley. We don't have a rescheduled date yet, but we will notify you as soon as we can.
We remain grateful for your interest in and support of the event, and we are very sorry for any inconvenience that this postponement may cause. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to announcing our alternative plans as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Lordan or Eric Goldman.
Congressional Internet Caucus
Director, High Tech Law Institute
Santa Clara University School of Law
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The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Santa Clara University School of Law, planned to host the 4th Annual State of the Net West Conference on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at the eBay Campus, Town Hall Room (2161 North First Street - San Jose, CA 95131), from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.Conference Highlights
- The conference discussions will feature leaders of the Congressional Internet Caucus, including: Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Bob Goodlatte along with West Coast academic scholars, public interest advocates, and industry executives
- Networking lunch on the eBay campus directly following the conference programming
- Unique opportunity for bicoastal networking and dialogue on key policy issues to take place in the heart of Silicon Valley
- "Online and Mobile Privacy: Do You Know How Washington Will Regulate It?"
In recent months Washington has set the wheels in motion on perhaps the most significant effort to govern consumer privacy since the late 1990s. With a seemingly endless parade of headlines detailing consumer privacy gaffes and breaches among the Internet industry, Washington may have had enough. With three online privacy bills in the works headed by Senator John Kerry, Congressman Bobby Rush and Congressman Rick Boucher, it seems inevitable that we will see substantial movement on the issue in the near future. Just recently the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission indicated that time has run out for inaction on online privacy. Do you know how Washington intends to create online privacy rules (perhaps for mobile, too) for the digital age? Join us for a discussion on what's really happening on Capitol Hill, what's going to happen next, and how it affects you.
- "Broadband Regulatory Authority: What's Going on in Washington?"
Just this spring the landmark Comcast case cast in doubt Federal Communications Commission's authority to govern the broadband Internet. The court decision unleashed a torrent of legislative debate, regulatory quarrels and general confusion in the nation's capital. This discussion will feature panelists representing different perspectives on the state of the FCC's authority over the broadband Internet and what it all means for Silicon Valley and the future of the Internet. The panel will examine these issues in light of the 15th anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, mapping the changes in the telecommunications landscape and the role of FCC authority.
- "Intellectual Property and Internet Policy: How Will They Coexist?"
Numerous cases and policy changes are testing the boundaries of intellectual property protection in the digital age. Join us for a discussion hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte exploring the key intellectual property issues in both Washington and Silicon Valley. Congressman Bob Goodlatte is uniquely positioned to lead this debate as both the Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Co-Chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus. The discussion will explore how the courts and the industry are working to ensure that creative copyrighted works continue to fuel Internet innovation. Expert panelists will discuss how recent court decisions including Viacom v. YouTube and LimeWire are defining and challenging copyright law -- and what it means for the future of copyright and Internet policy. Congressman Goodlatte will also discuss anti-piracy efforts and enforcement methods including payment processing, domain name seizures and ISP graduated response (a.k.a. copyright strikes) proposals.
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The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosts the annual "State of the Net Conference" in Washington to frame many of the technology policy debates that Congress grapples with throughout the year. State of the Net has grown into the largest and most influential information technology policy conference in the country to discuss technology trends and the enormous challenges that lawmakers, industry leaders, and citizens must confront and resolve. While the State of the Net Conference has been an unmitigated success at framing the debate in Washington, an infusion of intellectual capital from the West Coast significantly enhances the State of the Net discussions.
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