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Jurisdiction II: Global Networks/Local Rules

September 11-12, 2000
San Francisco, CA

Speaker Biographies

Stewart A. Baker

Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP, USA

Stewart A. Baker is a partner with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. He has been described by The Washington Post (November 20, 1995) as "one of the most techno-literate lawyers around." His practice includes issues relating to encryption, digital commerce, privacy, electronic surveillance, national security, and export controls. He has advised hardware and software companies on US export controls and on foreign import controls on encryption. He represents major telecommunications equipment manufacturers and carriers in connection with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act ("CALEA") and law enforcement intercept requirements. In the area of authentication and digital signatures, his clients include major banks, mortgage companies, and credit card associations, as well as technology companies.

Mr. Baker is the former General Counsel of the National Security Agency (1992-1994) and author of the book, The Limits of Trust: Cryptography, Governments, and Electronic Commerce (1998), as well as various other publications and articles on electronic commerce and international trade. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baker served as Law Clerk to John Paul Stevens, US Supreme Court (1977-78), Frank M. Coffin, US Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1976-77), and Shirley M. Hufstedler, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1975).

Mr. Baker has been named to numerous US government and international bodies dealing with electronic commerce and related topics, including: President's Export Council Subcommittee on Encryption (1998-present); Defense Science Board's Task Force on Information Warfare (1995-1996; and 1999-present); Federal Trade Commission's Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security (2000); Free Trade of the Americas Experts Committee on Electronic Commerce (1998-present); UNCITRAL Group of Experts on Digital Signatures (1997-present); OECD Group of Experts on Cryptography Policy (1995-1997); International Telecommunication Union Experts Group on Authentication (1999); American Bar Association Task Force on International Notarial Issues (1996-1998); International Chamber of Commerce Working Party on Digital Authentication (1996-1998); International Chamber of Commerce Group of Experts on Electronic Commerce (1996-present).

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