Autumn 1996 Seminar Series |
October 30, 1996: Lori Fena
"Balancing Freedom and Responsibility in the Electronic Frontier"
The vast web of electronic media that connects us is heralding an unprecedented new age of communications and commerce. New digital networks offer a tremendous potential to empower individuals in a world of dynamic possibilities. However, uncertainties about these communications networks have become the subject of significant debate concerning privacy and security of personal and corporate information online
While the free flow of information is generally a positive thing, problems do arise when information becomes digital: how best to protect privacy while still enabling recovery of information for harm; how to enable networked access to sensitive corporate data without sacrificing security; how to utilize online commerce without exposing consumers' identifying personal information to unwanted marketeers.
Privacy of personal information, security of corporate data networks and citizens' freedom to utilize technology for beneficial end-uses such as online transactions and exploration of personally interesting topics are primary concerns as we make the transition to an online marketplace.
Balancing business ventures with responsibility to consumers is necessary to foster commercial growth of the World Wide Web. We must address these issues with clarity, responsibility, and an informed, well-developed vision of the electronic world in which we want to live. We can be certain that the legislative decisions which are made today will greatly affect future development of electronic communications for decades to come.
Appointed Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in September of 1995, Lori Fena is responsible for focusing the organization on three primary tasks: to influence legislation and participate in court proceedings with implications for the online world; to work with the industry to encourage the protection of civil liberties and to promote ethics online; and to educate the public on these issues. Ms. Fena is a recognized speaker on the subject of intellectual property rights, and electronic access and civil liberties, including free speech, privacy, and encryption.
Most recently, Ms. Fena served as Vice President of Business Development for Stream International, the $1.4 billion merger of Corporate Software and RR Donnelley Global Software Services division. Ms. Fena grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and received a bachelor of science in business information systems, magna cum laude from California State University in Los Angeles.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation was founded in 1990 to ensure that the principles embodied in the Constitution and Bill of Rights are protected as new communications technologies emerge. EFF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which works with public interest groups, members of industry and government officials to protect citizens' rights to free expression of ideas, privacy and security of electronic data, and to promote responsible use of new technologies for online communications. EFF, in conjunction with many other organizations, has formed and participates in a number of coalitions and summits, bringing together concerned thinkers in non-partisan settings to discuss communications policy goals and strategies, and to form balanced, responsible solutions to troublesome issues online.
Contact Ronda Burginger
Administrator, The Stanford Computer Industry Project
tel (415)725-7096, fax (415)723-7090