Restoring a Public Interest Vision of Law in the Age of the Internet

By: Marc Rotenberg In November 2003, Mr. Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, lectured at Duke Law School on the importance of protecting individual privacy. In his remarks, Mr. Rotenberg recounted the successful campaign against the government’s Clipper Chip proposal. He argued that successful public interest advocacy in the Internet age requires the participation of experts from many fields, public engagement, and a willingness to avoid a simple “balancing” analysis. He further concluded that privacy may be one of the defining issues of a free society in the twenty-first century. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2004 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0007

Wireless Local Number Portability: New Rules Will Have Broad Effects

By: Stephen M. Kessing After a delay of over seven years, wireless local number portability rules (“WLNP”) finally went into effect on November 24, 2003. These rules, promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, allow wireless subscribers to change service providers within a given location while retaining the same phone number. The rules also allow consumers to transfer a land-based telephone number to a cellular provider. These new choices will likely have a significant impact on the wireless industry and increase competition in an already intense playing field. This iBrief provides a summary of the new rules, looks at the history and litigation, and predicts how increasing wireless options will benefit consumers and promote competition in local telephony. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2004 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0006