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Washington D.C., February 2, 1998 --- The Aspen Institute announced today that David R. Johnson has joined the Institute as Director of the Aspen Institute Internet Policy Project.

The Aspen Institute Internet Policy Project, a new project of the Institute's Communications and Society Program, will seek to catalyze the development of concrete, practical, private sector policies and practices governing social and commercial interactions on the Internet. In this position, Mr. Johnson will oversee several task forces designed to produce a set of "policy protocols." "These model contracts and voluntary operational standards will help the industry repond to calls for private sector leadership in formulating Internet policies," said David Johnson. The task forces will address such issues as communications privacy, intellectual property protection, governance of identifiers, contract formulation and enforcement, taxation, and dispute resolution.

The project will initiate its efforts involving private sector, government and non-profit participants with a session at its Aspen, Colorado campus on February 26-28.

"David Johnson is one of the premier intellects in the Internet policy arena today," said Charles M. Firestone, Director of the Communications and Society Program. "The addition of Johnson and [former FCC Chairman] Reed Hundt significantly expands the breadth and depth of the Aspen Institute's Communications and Society Program in its capacity to inform and to shape emerging communications and information policy."

Prior to joining The Aspen Institute, Mr. Johnson was Chairman of Counsel Connect, the first commercial online network for lawyers. In addition, he is a founder and Co-Director of the Cyberspace Law Institute. He was a partner in the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1980 until his departure in 1995. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the National Center for Automated Information Research, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and studied at University College, Oxford.

The Communications and Society Program promotes values-based decision making in the fields of communications and information policy by bringing together representatives of the public and private sectors to assess the impact of modern communications and information systems on democratic societies.

The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of leadership through informed dialogue.

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