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Microsoft Conference Invite
Appraising Microsoft and Its Global Strategy
Conference sponsored by
Ralph Nader and Essential Information
November 13 & 14, 1997
Omni Shoreham Hotel
This is an invitation to a November 13 and 14
conference on Microsoft's Global Strategy, to be held in
Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Over the past several weeks the computer world has been
shaken by a series of events concerning Microsoft's role in
the PC software market. The United States Department of
Justice (DOJ) has charged Microsoft with anticompetitive
actions relating to the Microsoft Internet Explorer (MSIE).
Several state attorneys generals and antitrust authorities
in the European Community and Japan have announced
investigations into a wide range of alleged anticompetitive
practices by Microsoft. On October 27, 1997 more than 1,500
consumers, professors, businesses and computer professionals
asked the DOJ to stop Microsoft from using anticompetitive
practices to monopolize the browser market. Sun Microsystems
and Microsoft are suing each other over who will control the
future of Java, a computer language Sun has promoted as a
"write once run everywhere" software development platform
that would vastly enhance competition with the PC industry.
In addition to the timely issues concerning Internet
browsers, the future of Java and open standards for Internet
publishing, there are a wide range of concerns about
Microsoft's expanding monopoly in key sectors of the PC
software industry, and what this means for the future of
electronic commerce and Internet communications. These
concerns are deepened by Microsoft's announcements that it
will launch a wide range of new businesses, in fields such
as online banking, travel services and classified
advertisements -- to mention only a few.
On November 13 and 14, Essential Information will host
a two day conference to examine "Microsoft's Global
Strategy." This event will feature presentations from a
dazzling array of leading experts on Microsoft, Java,
Internet standard setting and electronic commerce.
The conference is sponsored by Essential Information, a
non-profit organization. There is a fee to cover conference
expenses. However, no one who wants to attend should be
discouraged by the fee alone. Persons may contact Donna
Colvin (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 202.234.5176) to request
full or partial scholarships. More information about the
Conference is on the Web at http://www.appraising-
microsoft.org (no period).
Conference Speakers Include:
Scott McNealy, CEO, Sun Microsystems, http://www.sun.com/
Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate
Samuel Goodhope, Special Assistant, Attorney General, State
John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, co-
founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a
member of The WELL Board of Directors.
Bryan Sparks, CEO Caldera, Inc., http://www.Caldera.com/
Andrew Schulman, Consulting Editor, O'Reilly and Associates,
Author of Unauthorized Windows 95,
Christine Varney, Former Member of the Federal Trade
Commission, now with Hogan and Hartson
Garth Saloner, Robert A. Magowan Professor of Strategic
Management and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of
Ed Black, President, Computers and Communications Industry
Gary L. Reback, the well know Silicon Valley antitrust and
intellectual property lawyer, with Wilson, Sonsini,
Goodrich & Rosati, http://www.wsgr.com/
Rick Ross, founder of Java Lobby, http://www.javalobby.org
Roberta Katz, General Counsel for Netscape Communications,
Audrie Krause, Director, NetAction, http://www.netacton.org
Steve Susman, a principle of Susman and Godfrey,
Lloyd Constantine, Constantine and Partners.
Morgan Chu, Partner, Irell & Manella
Bill Randle, Vice President, Huntington Bancshares,
Philip Monego, NetChannel CEO and President,
Graham Lea, Principal Analyst, Heterodox (London), and
editor, Microsoft Monitor, expert in European antitrust
efforts in consumer software (email@example.com)
Steve Hill, Esq., Snow Christensen and Martineau.
Bill Wendel, The Real Estate Cafe,
Daniel Nachbar, Public Software Institute,
John Dodge, Columnist, PC Week Online, Boston Globe
Wendy Goldman Rohm, firstname.lastname@example.org, author of
several articles and an upcoming book about Microsoft.
James Love, Director, Consumer Project on Technology,
Note: Bill Gates from Microsoft declined to attend.
Microsoft is invited to suggest other speakers to
present the Microsoft views.
For more information about attending the conference,
contact Donna Colvin, Essential Information, at
202.387.8030, fax 202.234.5176, email@example.com,
or see the conference web page at
http://www.appraising-microsoft.com for updates of the
James Love | Center for Study of Responsive Law
P.O. Box 19367 | Washington, DC 20036 | http://www.cptech.org
voice 202.387.8030 | fax 202.234.5176 | firstname.lastname@example.org