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Jurisdiction: Building Confidence in a Borderless Medium

July 26-27, 1999
Montreal, Canada

Speaker Biography

Peter F. Harter

Vice President, Global Public Policy & Standards
EMusic.com

Peter F. Harter is Vice President, Global Public Policy & Standards for Emusic, Inc., of Redwood City, California. Peter is responsible for Internet law and policy, technical standards, and government affairs matters. Since joining EMusic in the Spring of 1999, Peter has dealt with issues ranging from copyright, antitrust, security standards, piracy, privacy, databases, domain names, Internet governance, research and experimentation funding, education reform, and the Internet Economy. Political fundraising, press relations, and industry relations round out Peter's scope of activities. Currently, Peter serves as Chair of the Technology Network's Public Policy Committee.

Prior to joining EMusic, Peter was Global Public Policy Counsel for Netscape Communications Corporation for 3.5 years. Prior to Netscape Peter garnered interest from others in the industry to form a government affairs group in the spirit of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): the Internet Law and Policy Forum (ILPF). Today the ILPF has organized into an ad-hoc body of over twenty companies from around the world focusing their efforts on developing open draft legal standards for a variety of Internet law and policy matters. From September 1993 through October 1995, Peter helped local communities build computer communications networks known as Free-Nets. He began as General Counsel of the Lehigh Valley Free-Net in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and later became Executive Director and General Counsel to the National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) of Cleveland, Ohio.

In the July 1998 issue of Business 2.0, Peter was named one of "The 25 Most Intriguing Minds of the New Economy."

Peter graduated from Villanova Law School (J.D.) in 1993 and from Lehigh University (B.A. Rhetoric and Government) in 1990. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Peter now resides in San Francisco, California.

Contact Information:
Address: 1991 Broadway, 2d Fl., Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650.216.0263; Fax: 650.556.9712
Email: peter@emusic.com

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