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From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 15:15:38 -0500

         Appraising Microsoft and Its Global Strategy
                    Conference sponsored by 
             Ralph Nader and Essential Information
                    November 13 & 14, 1997
                      Omni Shoreham Hotel
                       Washington, D.C.


This is an invitation to a November 13 and 14 
conference on Microsoft's Global Strategy, to be held in 
Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Over the past several weeks the computer world has been 
shaken by a series of events concerning Microsoft's role in 
the PC software market.  The United States Department of 
Justice (DOJ) has charged Microsoft with anticompetitive 
actions relating to the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE). 
Several state attorneys generals and antitrust authorities 
in the European Community and Japan have announced 
investigations into a wide range of alleged anticompetitive 
practices by Microsoft.  On October 27, 1997 more than 1,500 
consumers, professors, businesses and computer professionals 
asked the DOJ to stop Microsoft from using anticompetitive 
practices to monopolize the browser market. Sun Microsystems 
and Microsoft are suing each other over who will control the 
future of Java, a computer language Sun has promoted as a 
"write once run everywhere" software development platform 
that would vastly enhance competition with the PC industry.

In addition to the timely issues concerning Internet 
browsers, the future of Java and open standards for Internet 
publishing, there are a wide range of concerns about 
Microsoft's expanding monopoly in key sectors of the PC 
software industry, and what this means for the future of 
electronic commerce and Internet communications.  These 
concerns are deepened by Microsoft's announcements that it 
will launch a wide range of new businesses, in fields such 
as online banking, travel services and classified 
advertisements -- to mention only a few.

On November 13 and 14, Essential Information will host 
a two day conference to examine "Microsoft's Global 
Strategy."  This event will feature presentations from a 
dazzling array of leading experts on Microsoft, Java, 
Internet standard setting and electronic commerce.

The conference is sponsored by Essential Information, a 
non-profit organization.  There is a fee to cover conference 
expenses.  However, no one who wants to attend should be 
discouraged by the fee alone.  Persons may contact Donna 
Colvin (dcolvin () essential org, fax 202.234.5176) to request 
full or partial scholarships.  More information about the 
Conference is on the Web at http://www.appraising-
microsoft.org (no period).

Conference Speakers Include:

Scott McNealy, CEO, Sun Microsystems, http://www.sun.com/ 

Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate 

Samuel Goodhope, Special Assistant, Attorney General, State 
    of Texas

John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, co-
    founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a 
    member of The WELL Board of Directors.  

Bryan Sparks, CEO Caldera, Inc., http://www.Caldera.com/ 

Andrew Schulman, Consulting Editor, O'Reilly and Associates, 
    Author of Unauthorized Windows 95, 

Christine Varney, Former Member of the Federal Trade 
    Commission, now with Hogan and Hartson

Garth Saloner, Robert A. Magowan Professor of Strategic 
    Management and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of 
    Business ,

Ed Black, President, Computers and Communications Industry 
    Association, http://www.ccianet.org

Gary L. Reback, the well know Silicon Valley antitrust and 
    intellectual property lawyer, with Wilson, Sonsini, 
    Goodrich & Rosati, http://www.wsgr.com/

Rick Ross, founder of Java Lobby, http://www.javalobby.org 

Roberta Katz, General Counsel for Netscape Communications, 

Audrie Krause, Director, NetAction, http://www.netacton.org

Steve Susman, a principle of Susman and Godfrey, 

Lloyd Constantine, Constantine and Partners.

Morgan Chu, Partner, Irell & Manella 

Bill Randle, Vice President, Huntington Bancshares, 

Philip Monego, NetChannel CEO and President, 

Graham Lea, Principal Analyst, Heterodox (London), and 
    editor, Microsoft Monitor, expert in European antitrust 
    efforts in consumer software (heterodox () compuserve com)

Steve Hill, Esq., Snow Christensen and Martineau. 

Bill Wendel, The Real Estate Cafe, 

Daniel Nachbar, Public Software Institute, 

John Dodge, Columnist, PC Week Online, Boston Globe

Wendy Goldman Rohm, wendyrohm () compuserve com, author of 
    several articles and an upcoming book about Microsoft.

James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology, 

Note:  Bill Gates from Microsoft declined to attend.  
Microsoft is invited to suggest other speakers to 
present the Microsoft views.

    For more information about attending the conference, 
    contact Donna Colvin, Essential Information, at 
    202.387.8030, fax 202.234.5176, dcolvin () essential org, 
    or see the conference web page at 
    http://www.appraising-microsoft.org for updates of the 

James Love | Center for Study of Responsive Law
P.O. Box 19367 | Washington, DC 20036 | http://www.cptech.org
voice 202.387.8030 | fax 202.234.5176 | love () cptech org

"Photons have neither morals nor visas"  --  Dave Farber 1994

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