The first three sessions are to be devoted to examining user, provider, and outsider perspectives on different types of networked communities. Sessions 1 to 3 will address the following questions:

  • What policies, laws, regulations, or ethical standards apply to the use of these services, who sets them, how are they developed, and how are they enforced?

  • What are users' expectations regarding privacy and protection of other proprietary interests?

  • What are the rights, responsibilities, and liabilities of providers or operators of these services?

  • What are the rights, responsibilities, and liabilities of users of these services?

  • What problems arise from connecting systems offering these services to systems that operate under different policies?

Sessions 5 and 6 are to be devoted to examining important issues that cut across different networked communities.

Session 1—Internet

Chair: Stephen Kent


Jeffrey Schiller (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Susan Estrada (FARNET)

David Farber (University of Pennsylvania)

The Internet is the largest network in the world, connecting over a million users through thousands of subnetworks running through universities, industry, government agencies, and other organizations. This session will identify the rights and responsibilities of the Internet community, including the organizations that offer Internet nodes or gateways and the people who use electronic mail and other Internet services.

Session 2—Commercial Information Services

Chair: George Perry


Stephen Case (America OnLine)

Murray Turoff (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Patrick Lanthier (Pacific Bell)

Eberhard Wunderlich (AT&T)

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