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From: sales () sug org (Charles Sumner)
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 10:09:59 -0400
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Charles Sumner
September 11, 1995 Sun User Group
SUN USER GROUP CONFERENCE HELPS DEFINE CYBERCRIME
Speakers from the FBI and the Electronic Frontier Foundation
will be featured at the second annual "Computers & The Law"
Conference, November 12-15, Tampa, Florida.
This November 12 through 15, the Sun User Group will sponsor the
second annual "Computers & The Law" symposium in Tampa, Florida. As
computers and the Internet invade more and more corners of everyday
life, the once distinct areas of technology, security, legislation,
and law enforcement begin to collide -- often with disastrous results.
In an effort to help members of these professions deal with a rapidly
changing world, the Sun User Group founded the "Computers & The Law"
conference. This year's conference is a unique forum in which members
of these once diverse fields can meet to share experiences and ideas,
and address the growing connections between their professions. Last
year's symposium was critically acclaimed and this year's, with
featured speakers from the FBI's Economic Espionage Unit and the
Electronic Frontier Foundation, is expected to be even more
"The explosive growth of cyberspace is straining the law's ability to
keep up. Issues such as privacy, copyright, jurisdiction, and the
liability of system administrators are currently being played out in
the courtroom in uncharted territory," said Edward A. Cavazos, chair
of the "Computers & The Law" legal track. The question of 'uncharted
territory' is a central theme of the conference, and one which plays a
pivotal role in one of the many highlights -- a debate between Michael
Froomkin, of the University of Miami Law School, and Jared Silverman,
former New Jersey Securities Commissioner, on whether existing laws
can be applied to Cyberspace.
"It's the variety of security and legal speakers, discussing complex
real-world cases, that has sparked so much interest in this
conference," said Charles Sumner, the Sun User Group's Director of
Marketing. The keynote addresses present three very different
examples of the interaction between computers and laws, from three
speakers who are at the forefront of these changes. The development
of computer legislation is represented in Tuesday's keynote by Mike
Godwin, the Legal Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and
the enforcement of those laws is addressed by Monday's keynote
speaker, Ken Geide, Chief of the FBI's Economic Espionage Unit. Last,
the results of crossing those legal bounds is detailed by Randall
Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz, a noted UNIX consultant who was recently
convicted in a landmark case brought by Intel, will discuss his
experiences in Tuesday's endnote address.
With the dramatic increase in the population of cyberspace and
corporate America's new love affair with technology, system
administrators are being confronted with many new shades of morality
and ethics. "In order to thrive in today's swiftly changing world, a
system administrator must be a technician, an attorney, a cop and a
politician." says Alexander Newman, Executive Director of the Sun User
Group. "He or she must establish and enforce fair-use policies, keep
users from violating copyright laws, and deal with outside complaints
about those users." The administrator must often accomplish this job
with little or no knowledge of the rapidly growing web of laws
surrounding the field. Cavazos, who is also co-author of "Cyberspace
and the Law: Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World" said that
"This conference addresses these issues with an emphasis on making
sense of a confusing and often contradictory set of precedents".
What cybercrime is and how to protect yourself from it are two of the
main themes of "Computers & The Law" and will be covered during a
variety of talks throughout the four days. Some of the additional
topics to be discussed at the symposium include: privacy, cyberporn,
copyright infringement, on-line legislation, encryption, internet
fraud, how to recover information if your site has been comprimised,
and what to do if the government decides to investigate you. Featured
instructors at "Computers & The Law" include: John C. Smith, an
investigator with the High Tech Crime Unit of the Santa Clara County
District Attorney's Office; Peter Galvin, the security columnist for
"SunWorld On-line"; Lee Hollander, Florida's State Attorney; Bob Friel
of the Electronic Crimes Branch of the U.S. Secret Service; and
Richard Ress of the FBI Computer Crime Squad in addition to many other
technical and legal speakers.
"Computers & The Law", November 12-15, 1995, will be held at the
Camberley Plaza, Sabal Park in Tampa, Florida, and features two days
of talks and panels and two days of workshops. It will draw speakers
and attendees from all over the world. The symposium is sponsored by
the Sun User Group, an international, not-for-profit technical and
professional association which serves the workstation industry.
To register, or for more information on the conference or the Sun User
Group, contact the Sun User Group via email at conference () sug org, on
the World Wide Web Page at http://sug.org, or by calling 617/232-0514.
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