|Rights and Responsibilities of Participants in Networked Communities|
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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Participation in electronically networked communities is growing by leaps and bounds. The environments for networking include the Internet, commercial network service providers, local bulletin boards, and both intra- and inter-enterprise networks. Network-based businesses are proliferating and growing, and non-profit networks, particularly those that serve the research and education communities, are rapidly expanding their services.
Growth in electronic networking raises many policy issues. How much, if at all, can network service providers restrict access to or specific uses of their services? How much, if any, responsibility do network service providers have to safeguard the privacy or proprietary interests of their users? How do the expectations of individual and corporate network users accord with existing laws? The responses of the general public, private organizations, and government to these questions will shape the progress and impact of electronic networking in U.S. society.
Building on its historic concern for nationwide information infrastructure, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) chose to focus its second strategic forum on key policy issues associated with the conduct of electronic networking activities. It appointed a steering committee chaired by Dr. Dorothy Denning to organize the project's activities. As a first step, CSTB hosted a small workshop in November 1992. Prominent researchers and policy analysts were invited to air their views in a roundtable discussion on a variety of questions concerning rights and responsibilities in networked communities.
The present strategic forum builds on the November workshop discussions and expands the dialogue to a wider community. To achieve this broader discussion, forum panelists and moderators will explore several scenarios that illustrate the kinds of questions, issues, and choices that must be made in operating, managing, and setting policies for networked communities. The scenarios for panel discussions are described at the end of this program.
Thursday, February 18, 1993
Friday, February 19, 1993
10:35 Free Speech