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Nice: Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (fwd)

Jedenfalls ein nettes Beispiel, wie offen Politik gemacht werden kann, aus
BRD hab ich sowas noch nicht gesehen, voilissima:

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is open for new
members. It is critical that public interest groups participate --
the committee is _heavily_ weighted toward industries. This is a
Congressional activity, so DC area groups are probably the ones that
could realistically participate.

Below is the _proposed_ agenda for the year. The categories are
firmer than the content of them.

To join, an organization should write (not e-mail) **SOON** to:
Lauren Frazier
c/o Representative Rick Boucher
2329 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

     interest in participating,
     org'l person who will be participating (name, e-address,
     phone #), and
     which areas (see below) you will participate in.

They say they are open to other content and/or format (e.g.,
seminars, small meetings, etc. in addition to fora).

If you have specific questions, please contact
Benjamin Cline Benjamin.Cline@mail.house.gov or
Lauren Frazier Lauren.Frazier@mail.house.gov

Patrice McDermott, Co-Director
Agenda for Access -- an OMB Watch project
Date: 02/02/99
Time: 14:43:12

On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Benjamin Cline <benjamin.cline@mail.house.gov> wrote:
> January 14, 1999
> Advisory Committee Members
> Congressional Internet Caucus
> Washington, D.C. 20515
> Dear Advisory Committee Members:
> As the co-chairs of the Congressional Internet Caucus, we want to
> express our thanks to those Members of the CIC Advisory Committee
> who were actively involved in the Caucus during the 105th Congress,
> and we also want to welcome those who have expressed an interest in
> becoming new Advisory Committee Members for the 106th Congress.
> With the help of the Advisory Committee, the CIC was successful
> during the 105th Congress in raising the awareness and understanding
> of Members of Congress concerning significant emerging policy
> matters affecting the Internet's future.  Several bills to promote
> the growth of the Internet were signed into law during the 105th
> Congress, including Internet tax moratorium legislation, securities
> litigation reform, WIPO implementation/OSP liability legislation,
> and Y2K information disclosure legislation.  The successful passage
> of these and other bills was due in no small part to the education
> of Members of Congress by the Internet Caucus.
> We are optimistic that legislation promoting Internet growth will be
> equally successful the 106th Congress, and we have set an ambitious
> agenda that involves increased participation by Caucus participants
> and a higher profile for Caucus events.  We will once again be
> holding several forums in 1999 to educate Members about various
> Internet-related topics, including privacy, access, content, and
> security.
> Staff for the Internet Caucus co-chairs will hold an organizational
> meeting with Advisory Committee members at 1:00 PM on January 21 in
> room 2105 of the Rayburn House Office Building to discuss the Caucus
> agenda and events for the 106th Congress. Enclosed is a memo
> outlining the Caucus agenda. Please contact Ben Cline with
> Congressman Goodlatte (5-5431) or Lauren Frazier with Congressman
> Boucher (5-3861) with any questions.
> Looking forward to a successful year,
> Congressman Bob Goodlatte       Congressman Rick Boucher
> Senator Conrad Burns            Senator Patrick Leahy
> Congressional Internet Caucus--Agenda for the 106th Congress
>      In the 106th Congress the Congressional Internet Caucus will
> continue to build upon its established mission of educating Members
> of the House and Senate about the promise and potential of the
> Internet.  In achieving this goal, the Caucus will work closely with
> the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee on a series of
> educational events which focus on major Internet technology and
> policy matters.  As detailed below, each forum in 1999 will be
> structured with significant Member, senior official and senior
> public interest and private sector participation to raise the
> profile and effectiveness of the forums as a channel for discussion
> of emerging Internet policy matters.  The success of these forums
> will depend upon robust Member participation in them and solid
> commitment to their planning and execution by Advisory Committee
> representatives.
>      Policy Forums
>      The Caucus plans to hold four or five educational forums
> during 1999, with the first forum targeted for March.   One or two
> Caucus co-chairs will be assigned to chair each forum and will lead
> panel discussions, assisted by other Members of the Caucus that have
> an interest in the forum topic and have committed to participate in
> and attend the event.  The Member chair(s) of the forum and staffs
> will be responsible for overseeing the organization and
> implementation of the event with the assistance of members of the
> Advisory Committee.
>      Priority Topics for 1999
> Privacy
> Encryption
> Content (Spamming/Decency/Filtering/Internet Gambling)
> Access (Bandwidth/E-Rate/General Telecom Act)
> Digital Signatures
>      Advisory Committee Membership Responsibilities
>      The Caucus will continue to work closely with an Advisory
> Committee comprised of a diverse group of public interest, nonprofit
> and industry representatives.  In order to maximize the
> effectiveness and efficiency of the Caucus, in 1999, the Caucus will
> establish criteria for membership on the Advisory Committee which
> will based on specified requirements -- including regular attendance
> at Advisory Committee meetings and participation commitments in
> Caucus events, including policy forums.
> For example, Advisory Committee members working on a specific policy
> forum will be responsible for defined tasks, including working with
> the Member co-chair(s) and staff to formulate the event's agenda, to
> identify and confirm high level speakers, and to implement other
> logistics, including forum cybercasting and appropriate follow up
> post-event. Every member of the Advisory Committee must identify at
> least one policy forum or other Caucus event for 1999 in which the
> Committee member will  play a planning and participatory role.  A
> list of these commitments must be forwarded to and maintained by the
> Caucus co-chair staff.
>      Formulation of Caucus Member Working Groups
>      To facilitate greater participation by Members of the
> Internet Caucus, the co-chairs of the Caucus and Advisory Committee
> members will identify informal working groups of Caucus Members
> organized by appropriate areas of interest.   Members of these
> Working Groups will participate as leaders at Caucus forums.  These
> Working Groups may work with the chairs of Caucus to plan additional
> events, including possible regional events in high-tech corridors of
> the U.S.
>      Caucus Website and Other Administration Functions
>      The Center for Democracy, with the help of the Internet
> Education Foundation, has taken a significant role in the
> administrative responsibilities of the Internet Caucus.  IEF has
> maintained the Caucus website and will work with the offices of the
> Congressional co-chairs to post up-to-date information including
> upcoming events, and advisory committee and Caucus member updates.
> Decisions as to other information and links will be made in
> cooperation with the Advisory Committee.
>      IEF will continue to sponsor all Caucus events and will also
> have an intern designated for the Caucus.  The Caucus will find ways
> to continue to recognize and strengthen CDT and IEF involvement.
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