For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2006
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David Fewer, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic
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Anti-Spyware Experts To Convene In Ottawa:
Top Canadian and US Officials Slated to Address Second-Ever Anti-Spyware Coalition Workshop
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WASHINGTON and OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- Many of the world's top spyware experts will gather in Ottawa May 16 to discuss legal, legislative and technological responses to the scourge of unwanted spyware and adware flooding the Internet.
Michael Binder, Canada's Assistant Deputy Minister for Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications will address the Anti-Spyware Coalition's second-ever public meeting and the first to be held outside of the United States. Lydia Parnes, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the US Federal Trade Commission, will also speak at the event.
Binder and Parnes join experts from academia, the public interest community and the high-tech industry to discuss the state of international anti-spyware efforts, emerging challenges and likely solutions. The full agenda is available online http://www.antispywarecoalition.org/events/may2006agenda.htm .
"Spyware is a global threat that demands a unified international response," said Ari Schwartz, Director of the Center for Democracy & Technology and coordinator of the Anti-Spyware Coalition, which brings together academics, public interest advocates and anti-spyware companies to strengthen the protections against spyware. "Canada is home to some of the world's foremost anti-spyware advocates and was the natural choice for our second-ever meeting."
The Ottawa conference follows on the success of the Anti-Spyware Coalition's first-ever public workshop held in Washington in February. More than 300 people attended that event, which featured a keynote by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras.
"As valuable as these workshops are to the online public, they also provide tremendous benefit to those fighting in the trenches," Schwartz said. "The workshops go the very core of the Anti-Spyware Coalition mission, bringing together the world's top minds on the subject to create better, smarter solutions to the problem."
About the Anti-Spyware Coalition: The ASC is a group dedicated to building a consensus about definitions and best practices in the debate surrounding spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies. Composed of anti-spyware software companies, academics, and consumer groups, the ASC seeks to bring together a diverse array of perspective on the problem of controlling spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies.