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July 6, 1998

Congressman Rick Boucher to Highlight PFF Aspen Summit

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) will be among the participants in The Progress & Freedom Foundation's (PFF) fifth annual Aspen Summit to be held August 23-25 in Aspen, Colorado.

Congressman Boucher is a member of the House Commerce Committee, serving on two subcommittees - Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection; and Energy and Power. He also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, serving on the Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. Since 1985, he has served as an Assistant Whip.

Congressman Boucher will participate in Tuesday's panel discussion titled, "Congress Confronts the Digital Revolution," chaired by Congressman Billy Tauzin (R-LA).

Titled "Cyberspace and the American Dream V," the two-day conference will include Administration officials, Members of Congress, leading business executives, policymakers and opinion leaders engaged in discussions ranging from electronic commerce to bandwidth to politics and the digital revolution.

Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will deliver the keynote address on August 23 at 6:30PM.

On Monday, August 24, Senior White House Advisor Ira Magaziner will deliver the opening address, "Retaining U.S. Leadership of Global Information Technology Policy."

Following Magaziner's address, PFF Senior Fellow, Jody Westby Olmer, will moderate a panel discussion titled, "Electronic Commerce: Going for the Gold in the Global Marketplace." This panel will address encryption, digital signature, copyright, privacy and content.

On Tuesday, August 25, Center for the New West President Phil Burges will moderate a panel discussion titled, "Politics and the Digital Revolution: Can You Be Digital and Political at the Same Time?" Discussants include Jack Valenti, President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, and John Gage, Chief Scientist for Sun Microsystems.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is dedicated to studying the digital revolution and its implications for public policy.

Sponsors for Aspen Summit '98 already include Bell Atlantic, Bell South, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, SBC, TCI, USTA, and U S West Communications. Additional support is being provided by Corning, Intel, Lucent, MCI and Novell.

Additional conference information can be viewed on PFF's website at

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