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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
July 18, 2008
(202) 289-8928
Intermediary Liability Debated at Aspen Summit
Legal Experts from Industry and Academia Discuss Role of ISPs

WASHINGTON D.C. - The 2008 Aspen Summit will continue the conference's record of offering fascinating discussion panels on issues particularly pertinent to the technology sector. Participants in the panel "Should We Deputize the Middleman? New Debates about Intermediary Liability" will discuss the roll of Internet intermediaries in a diverse range of issues including defamation, child safety, and national security.

Panelists will include:

  • Kent Walker, Vice President & General Counsel, Google, Inc. Kent Walker advises Google's board and management on a variety of legal issues. Mr. Walker also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where he specialized in the prosecution of technology crime.
  • Chris Kelly, Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Global Public Policy, Facebook, Inc. Chris Kelly has over a decade of experience in advising companies on privacy and technology issues. Mr. Kelly was also part of the founding team for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
  • Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law. Professor Volokh is a nationally recognized expert on cyber- and constitutional law. He is the creator of the popular Volokh Conspiracy blog.
  • Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute.Jim Harper's work at Cato involves the intersection of law , policy and the information age. Mr. Harper is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee.

This year's Aspen Summit will once again feature high-caliber keynote speakers and riveting discussion panels on such topics as digital copyright enforcement, online advertising, and next-generation communications networks. Speakers this year include Verizon's Chief Technology Officer, Richard Lynch; Patrick J. Esser, President of Cox Communications Inc.; and Richard W. Fisher, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The Chairman's Dinner speaker will be Citizens Communications President and CEO, Maggie Wilderotter.

The 2008 PFF Aspen Summit will be held August 17th - 19th at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. Further details, including a preliminary agenda, can be found on our web site. Registration can be performed online, and a discounted rate is available through June 30th . Questions should be directed to Allison Bringardner at or (202)289-8928. Members of the media are always welcome to attend and should contact Amy Smorodin at or (202)289-8928.

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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