John Morris, Director of Internet Standards, Technology & Policy Project, Center for Democracy & Technology Will Speak at GKC’s Teleconference on “Understanding CALEA”
The Global Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that John Morris, Director of Internet Standards, Technology & Policy Project, Center For Democracy & Technology (CDT) will speak at the upcoming teleconference on “Understanding CALEA” scheduled for October 3, 2006 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (EDT).
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About John Morris
John B. Morris, Jr. is the Director of CDT's "Internet Standards, Technology and Policy Project". Prior to joining CDT in April 2001, Mr. Morris was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block, where he litigated groundbreaking cases in Internet and First Amendment law. He was a lead counsel in the ACLU v. Reno/American Library Association v. U.S. Dep't of Justice case, in which the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Communications Decency Act of 1996 and extended to speech on the Internet the highest level of constitutional protection. In that case, Mr. Morris was responsible for the development of the factual presentation concerning how the Internet works, a presentation that served as the foundation for the Supreme Court's landmark decision.
Mr. Morris's ties to CDT are not new. From May 1999 through April 2000, he took a leave of absence from his law firm to serve as director of CDT's Broadband Access Project. The Project undertook a comprehensive assessment of the legal, policy, and factual issues surrounding the emergence of broadband Internet access technologies.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Morris had extensive experience with both computers and politics. In the mid-1970's, as a staff member on Capitol Hill, Morris helped to promote the use of computer software to manage and improve constituent communications. In 1981, Mr. Morris joined the Datatel Minicomputer Company, where he was one of the lead system designers of the original version of the Quorum constituent management software. In 1985, he co-founded Intelligent Solutions, Inc., which took over development of Quorum and built it into the leading constituent services product used by Members of Congress today.
Mr. Morris received his B.A. magna cum laude with distinction from Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Thomas A. Clark of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked for three years as a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined Jenner & Block in 1990.
Among his many publications are "The Past, Present, and Future of Internet Censorship and Free Speech Advocacy," in "Defending the First: Commentary on First Amendment Issues and Cases," J.Russomanno, editor (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers 2005), and John Morris, Alan Davidson, "Policy Impact Assessments: Considering the Public Interest in Internet Standards Development" [pdf] TPRC September 2003.
For more information about John Morris, please visit: http://www.cdt.org/
About The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT):
The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.
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