State of the Net West Audio, Santa Clara Law, August 2008 In August The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee in collaboration with the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara School of Law hosted the 2nd Annual State of the Net West Conference on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008, in the California Room at the Benson Center of the Santa Clara University School of Law, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The discussion featured leaders of the Congressional Internet Caucus, including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Congressman Mike Honda, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Other participants included West Coast academic scholars, public interest advocates, and industry executives during a series of discussions on current, important technology policy issues. State of the Net West is designed to channel West Coast thought leadership from the academic community and private sector to help inform the technology policy issues being debated in Washington. The State of the Net West Conference allows for bicoastal networking and dialogue on key policy issues to take place in the heart of Silicon Valley. Participants engaged in lively debates exploring the following panels: “Will Our Reputations and Privacy Survive the Age of Social Networking?”

  • Introduced by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (bio)
  • Frank Pasquale, Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School (bio)
  • Lauren Gelman, Executive Director and Lecturer of Law at Stanford Law (bio)

“Can ISP Immunity Survive the Onslaught of Web 2.0”

  • General welcoming from Congressman Mike Honda (bio)
  • Introduced by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (bio)
  • Mike Fertik, CEO of Reputation Defender (bio)
  • Dan Dougherty, eBay(bio)

“The Movement of Information from the Crowd to the Cloud”

  • David Schellhase, Senior VP/General Counsel, Inc.(bio)
  • James X. Dempsey, Vice President for Public Policy, Center for Democracy and Technology (bio)
  • Matthew Parrella, U.S. Department of Justice (bio)

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee hosts the annual “State of the Net Conference” in Washington to frame many of the technology policy debates that Congress grapples with throughout the year. State of the Net has grown into the largest and most influential information technology policy conference in the country to discuss technology trends and the enormous challenges that lawmakers, industry leaders, and citizens must confront and resolve. While the State of the Net Conference has been an unmitigated success at framing the debate in Washington, an infusion of intellectual capital from the West Coast significantly enhances the State of the Net discussions. This educational briefing was hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations.