Contact: John Sayers, Public Affairs (202) 707-9216; Robin Hatziyannis, FLICC Publications and Education (202) 707-4800

March 6, 2000

John Perry Barlow To Speak at FLICC Forum on Government Futures and Information Technology

John Perry Barlow, co-founder and vice chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and fellow at the Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, will join an outstanding list of speakers at the 17th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies.

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) of the Library of Congress will host the all-day forum on March 30 at the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

As the Forum's keynote speaker, Mr. Barlow will open the discussion of how a continuing information revolution will affect federal programs and how the public benefits from those programs. Called by some the "Thomas Jefferson of the Internet" for his writings "The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace" and "The Economy of Ideas," Mr. Barlow was the first to apply the term "cyberspace" (from William Gibson's Neuromancer) to the expanding Internet. He is also a well-known writer and lecturer on subjects relating to the "virtualization" of society and is a contributing writer to numerous publications, including Wired, as well as a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead.

Following Barlow, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), former Rep. Vic Fazio, now the senior partner at Clark & Weinstock, and Daniel P. Mulhollan, director of the Congressional Research Service, will discuss the changing nature and role of information and communications and its impact on the U.S. Congress.

Afternoon sessions will feature David Barram, administrator of the General Services Administration; Patrice McDermott of OMB Watch; Emily Shecketoff, executive director of the American Library Association, Washington Office; and Thomas Hennessey Jr. of George Mason University. This panel discussion will explore how government programs and the dissemination of government information will be affected in response to technological change.

The final session of the forum will anticipate how an information economy will be addressed by the judicial system in the 21st century. Judge Judith Ford of the Superior Court of California in Alameda will join Judge Edward W. Nottingham, U.S. District Court, and Marcia J. Koslov of the National Center for State Courts to address how the law may evolve in response to innovations in information technology.

For more information or to register for the FLICC Forum, contact Special Events Coordinator Anna Bohlin at (202) 707-4822.

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) fosters excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and provides guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Created in 1965 and headquartered at the Library of Congress, FLICC also makes recommendations on federal library and information policies, programs, and procedures to federal agencies and to others concerned with libraries and information centers.

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PR 00-032
ISSN 0731-3527

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