Senator Leahy to speak: Reflectors requested

Martyne Hallgren (
Wed, 30 Aug 1995 19:14:16 -0400

Hi Folks,

On Thursday, September 7, from 8:30 - 10:00 am EDT, Senator Patrick Leahy
will make the opening address at the FARNET meeting in
Washington D.C. A more complete description is below. I am
organizing a reflector net to broadcast his speech.

If you would like to participate, please contact me by 5 pm
Tuesday, September 6. I will post the addresses of the
participating reflectors on Wednesday.

Many thanks in advance.

Martyne Hallgren
CU-SeeMe Consortium

p.s. for more information on FARNET (the Federation of American
Research Networks), check out their web page at

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From: (Heather Boyles)
Subject: Senator Leahy to speak at FARNET meeting

FARNET members,

FARNET is pleased to announce that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has agreed
to speak at the September 7-8 FARNET meeting in Washington, DC.

The meeting will be held at the Mayflower Hotel on Connecticut Ave.

Sen. Leahy is an active participant in the ongoing debates on Capitol Hill
over the fate of the Internet and electronic communications. As a
prominent member of the Senate Judiciary committee, Leahy will have
significant impact on the outcome of such issues as electronic privacy,
copyright, encryption and content regulation on the Internet.

This year, Leahy opposed the Exon amendment which was passed in the Senate
as part of S. 652. As an alternative, Leahy offered a "study amendment"
which would have pursued the idea of end-user solutions for protecting
children from offensive materials. This alternative was widely endorsed by
industry and the Internet community.

In addition, Senator Leahy this year has introduced a bill to fill in some
of the gaps in criminal law regarding computer hacker break-ins. Last
year, Leahy opposed the Clinton administration plan for the Clipper chip,
which would have required those using encryption software to register their
keys with the federal government. Most recently, Leahy has joined with 2
other senators to introduce a bill which would give the public increased
on-line access to government information and documents.

Finally, Sen. Leahy is one of the very few legislators on Capitol Hill who
has actually delighted in hands-on experience with computers and the
Internet. His was one of the first web pages on line
leahy/general/pjl.html>, and he has held IRC Town Meetings with constituents.

We are proud to have such a distinguished member of Congress agree to speak
to the FARNET community about his experiences and ideas for the future of