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Internet Law & Policy Forum Announces New Executive Director
Andrew Konstantaras brings law, policy, business and technical expertise to position
SEATTLE, Wash. - 18 September 2001 - The Internet Law and
Policy Forum today announced that Andrew Konstantaras is joining
the ILPF as the new executive director.
Since its inception, the ILPF has been a leader in addressing
the substantive policy issues raised by the Internet, such
as content liability, jurisdiction, and electronic authentication.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and all ILPF members,
I am very happy to welcome Andrew back into the ILPF in his
new role as executive director" said Masanobu Katoh, Chairman
of the ILPF and General Manager for Fujitsu. "Andrew's knowledge
and background in the law, technology, policy and business
of the Internet make him the ideal person to lead the ILPF
into its next stage of growth."
According to Konstantaras, "The ILPF is uniquely positioned
to tackle the complex, interwoven issues of law, technology,
policy and business. The ILPF's membership is comprised of
an impressive, diverse group of companies that are making
and remaking the Internet on a daily basis. The individuals
involved not only have considerable expertise in law and policy,
but also a strong background in business and technology. I
am looking forward to working with these companies to promote
the continued growth of the Internet and electronic commerce."
Before joining the ILPF, Konstantaras was the vice president
of marketing and general counsel for Asta Networks, a network
reliability company. He has been a leader in the Internet
law and policy community for the past seven years, speaking
at international conferences and working with governments
all over the world.
Konstantaras was also the vice president and counsel at Visa
International, where he was one of the original members of
the ILPF and played a significant role in the critical early
years of the organization. He is also grounded in the practical
aspects of the business of the Internet and its legal dimensions.
He has represented major players in the technology industry
in both transactional matters and intellectual property litigation.
Konstantaras is also a member of the U.S. patent bar.
Konstantaras received his law degree from Georgetown University
Law Center and his undergraduate degree in Physics and Chemistry
from Grinnell College. His experience includes working as
a legislative staff assistant in the U.S. Senate as well as
clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
About the Internet Law & Policy Forum
The ILPF is a global, Internet-based non-profit organization
committed to promoting the growth of the Internet and electronic
commerce. The ILPF offers a spectrum of resources and opportunities
for lawyers and policy experts to learn, discuss and resolve
the challenges raised by the Internet. These resources include
working groups, workshops and conferences designed to analyze
legal and policy issues. The ILPF is committed to providing
a neutral forum to address the substantive issues in a practical
and realistic manner. The ILPF members are Internet companies
from all over the world. For more information, visit www.ilpf.org.