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Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: Consumer Protection and Competition Issues (December 14 and 15, 2004)
The workshop is the latest in a series of efforts to assess the impact of new and significant technologies on consumers and businesses. P2P file-sharing technology enables individuals to share files, including music, video, or software. Because the files do not reside in a central location — they are stored on the hard drives of users — P2P file-sharing technology allows for faster file transfer and conservation of bandwidth.

Email Authentication Summit (November 9-10, 2004)
Co-sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce.

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology will host an Email Authentication Summit on November 9-10, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. The Summit follows the Commission's June 15, 2004 National Do Not Email Registry Report to Congress. In that Report, the Commission identified domain-level authentication as a promising technological development that would enable Internet Service Providers (''ISPs'') and other domain holders to better filter spam, and that would provide law enforcement with a potent tool for locating and identifying spammers. The Summit will bring together technologists and other interested parties to discuss the market's development, testing, evaluation, and deployment of domain-level authentication systems.

FTC to Host Symposium to Celebrate Agency's 90th Anniversary (September 22 and 23, 2004)
The Federal Trade Commission has planned a symposium in honor of the FTC's 90th anniversary on September 22 and 23, 2004, at the FTC Conference Center at 601 New Jersey Avenue. The event will feature over 40 participants, including current Commissioners and other agency officials, as well as prominent academics and practitioners, many of whom are FTC alumni.

Protecting Consumer Interests in Class Actions (September 13 and 14, 2004)
The Federal Trade Commission and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics will co-host a workshop on September 13 and 14, 2004, in Washington, DC. The workshop will bring together judges, academics, class action practitioners, in-house corporate and government attorneys, economists, advocacy groups, and claims facilitators to explore whether certain aspects of the class action mechanism - including settlement notices, non-pecuniary remedies, and attorney fee awards - can be revised, reformed, enhanced, or improved to protect the interests of consumer class members.

Green Light and Red Flags: FTC Rules of the Road for Advertisers (July 24, 2004)
On Thursday, July 22, the Federal Trade Commission and national experts will gather in Denver for a one-day “back to basics” workshop about complying with truth-in-advertising laws.

Roundtable on Methodologies for Assessing Accuracy and Completeness of Credit Reports
On June 30, 2004 , the Bureau of Economics hosted a roundtable with researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the credit reporting industry on methodologies for assessing the accuracy and completeness of credit reports. The roundtable was held in conjunction with Section 319 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. Among other things, the Act requires the FTC to study the accuracy and completeness of the information in consumers’ credit reports. An agenda, list of participants, and transcript of the event are available at the linked website.

Radio Frequency IDentification: Applications and Implications for Consumers (June 21, 2004)
The emergence of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has important implications for businesses, consumers, and policymakers. Companies are turning to RFID to manage warehouse inventory and to stock retail shelves. Consumers are using RFID tags when they travel on highways, purchase gas and groceries, and protect their pets. RFID also has significant potential as a public safety and anti-counterfeiting tool. And as the cost of RFID chips declines, new applications will undoubtedly be developed.

Hispanic Outreach Forum & Law Enforcement Workshop
Hispanic Consumer Outreach Forum
(May 12, 2004)
Hispanic Consumer Protection Law Enforcement Workshop
(May 13, 2004)
On May 12 and May 13, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime will host back-to-back workshops on strategies for effective and high-impact education and enforcement to protect Hispanic consumers from fraud. On May 12, learn about the U.S. Hispanic market and how best to reach Hispanic consumers with useful information that impacts their homes, their health, and their finances. Speakers will include journalists, marketers, and consumer protection officials. On May 13, learn how to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect Hispanic consumers from fraud. Speakers will include representatives of state and local consumer affairs departments, offices of attorneys general, the Better Business Bureau, and district attorneys offices.

Ideas into Action: Implementing Reform of the Patent System” (April 15 and 16, 2004)
The Federal Trade Commission, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology will co-sponsor a conference to address patent reform and how it might be implemented. The event will bring together government officials, business representatives, scholars, lawyers, and leading members of the patent community to discuss the most significant recommendations of two recent reports on patent reform – one from the FTC and one from the NAS that will be issued the week of April 12. In October 2003, the FTC issued a report on how to promote innovation by finding the proper balance of competition and patent law and policy. The FTC report contained ten recommendations to reform the patent system, including legislative and regulatory changes to improve patent quality. FTC Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson and Deputy General Counsel for Policy Studies Susan S. DeSanti will participate in the conference, along with government representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Industry participants include representatives from CISCO, Chiron, eBay, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Google, Inflexion Point Strategy, Intel, and Microsoft. Representatives from the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association also will participate.

"Monitoring Software on Your PC: Spyware, Adware and Other Software" (April 19, 2004)
On April 19, 2004, the Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public workshop to explore the issues associated with the distribution and effects of software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and which may send such information to another entity without the consumer's consent, or asserts control over a computer without the consumer's knowledge. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 19, 2004 at the FTC Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

FTC/DOJ to Host Joint Workshop on Merger Enforcement (February 17-19, 2004)
This three day workshop brought together prominent practitioners, academics and enforcement officials to discuss the Horizontal Merger Guidelines. The workshop explored state-of-the-art application of the Guidelines by those with the most experience using them. In preparation for this workshop, the Agencies released data associated with their enforcement efforts.

Announcement: Friday, April 16, 2004
Health Care Information and Competition. A quasi-academic conference organized by Dan Kessler, a Stanford health economist. This one-day conference in the 601 NJ Conference Center will bring together academics and health policy makers to examine the production of and use of health care market information by consumers and employers. It will examine some effects of competition in promoting or retarding information use. Aspects of health care quality will also be addressed. Seven papers will be presented, and government health care experts and employers will participate. There will be ample opportunity for the audience to interact with the speakers regarding their research on topics ranging from health plan report cards, to the incentive to provide accurate information, to restrictions on entry into medical specialties.


Marketing Violent Entertainment To Children: A Workshop on Industry Self-Regulation (October 29, 2003)
On October 29, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public workshop to examine issues relating to the marketing of violent entertainment to children. The workshop will provide a forum for discussing the state of self-regulation in the entertainment industry and, in particular, children’s access to products that have been rated as potentially inappropriate for them or have been labeled with a parental advisory.

Roundtable with Former Directors of the Bureau of Economics
On September 4, 2003, the Bureau of Economics hosted a Roundtable with former Bureau Directors entitled "FTC History: Bureau of Economics Contributions to Law Enforcement, Research and Economic Knowledge and Policy." An agenda, edited transcript, and other materials are available on the conference website.

Green Lights and Red Flags: FTC Rules of the Road for Advertisers (September 2003)
On Tuesday, September 9th, the Federal Trade Commission and regional experts will gather in Louisville for Green Lights & Red Flags: FTC Rules of the Road for Advertisers, a one-day “back to basics” workshop about complying with truth-in-advertising laws.

Public Workshop:
Costs and Benefits Related To the Collection and Use of Consumer Information (June 18, 2003) The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop to examine the costs and benefits to consumers and businesses of the collection and use of consumer information. In order to facilitate closer examination of the issues, the workshop will focus on the collection and use of consumer information for particular commercial purposes in the context of two or three case studies. In addition the workshop will inquire into the possible methodologies for further measuring and analyzing the costs and benefits to consumers of these information practices.

Public Workshop:
Technologies for Protecting Personal Information (Workshop 1: The Consumer Experience - May 14, 2003, Workshop 2: The Business Experience - June 4, 2003)
Technology has been widely heralded as a promising solution to the challenges presented by consumer privacy and information security. A number of products promise to help consumers and businesses control sensitive information and guard against internal and external threats; technology is also frequently cited as the best method for managing information and ensuring information security. As more and more consumers use “always on” Internet connections and share personal information online, it is useful to examine the current role of technology in addressing privacy and security issues.
Spam Forum: (April 30-May 2, 2003) The Federal Trade Commission will host a public forum to explore the issues regarding the proliferation of and potential solutions to unsolicited commercial email ("UCE" or "spam"). The forum will also look at how the unique qualities of spam contribute to and hinder both fraud and its prosecution.
Public Workshop:
Public/Private Partnerships to Combat Cross-Border Fraud (February 2003) The Federal Trade Commission will hold a public workshop on how to build public/private partnerships to combat cross-border fraud against consumers. The workshop will explore how the private and public sectors can work together to identify, stop, and bring effective enforcement actions against cross-border fraud operators; any legal constraints on cooperation; and recommendations for partnerships and legislative and other measures to assist the FTC in combating cross-border fraud.
Green Lights and Red Flags:
FTCRules of the Road for Advertisers (January 2003) On Tuesday, January 14th, the Federal Trade Commission and Chicago area legal experts will gather at the Drake Hotel for Green Lights & Red Flags: FTC Rules of the Road for Advertisers, a one-day "back to basics" workshop about complying with truth-in-advertising laws.


Public Workshop:
Deception in Weight Loss Advertising (November 2002)
Public Workshop:
Possible Anticompetitive Efforts to Restrict Competition on the Internet (October 2002)
Public Workshop:
Consumer Information Security Workshop (May 2002)
Public Workshop:
Federal Trade Commission Workshop Health Care and Competition Law and Policy (September 2002)
Public Conference:
Factors that Affect Prices of Refined Petroleum Products
(August 2, 2001, May 8-9, 2002)
Green Lights and Red Flags:
FTC-BBB Rules of the Road for Advertisers (April 2002)
On Tuesday, April 30th, the Federal Trade Commission and New York City area legal experts will gather at the Meeting Hall of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for Green Lights & Red Flags: FTC/BBB Rules of the Road for Advertisers, a one-day "back to basics" workshop about complying with truth-in-advertising laws.


Public Roundtable:
Consumer Aspects of Hague Convention (December 2001)
Get Noticed: Effective Financial Privacy Notices
An Interagency Public Workshop (December 4, 2001)
Disclosure Exposure:
Effective Disclosures in Advertising: An FTC-NAD Workshop (May  2001)
Public Workshop:
Emerging Issues for Competition Policy in the World of E-Commerce (May 2001)
Educational Program
Gramm-Leach-Bliley Educational Program on Financial Privacy for Non-Bank Entities and Organizations, Boston, MA (May 2001)
FTC/DOC Esign Workshop:
Electronic Signatures In Global And National Commerce Act (April 2001)
Public Workshop:
The Information Marketplace: Merging and Exchanging Consumer Data
(March 2001)
Predatory Lending Forum:
Co-Sponsored by the Northeast Region of the Federal Trade Commission, the AARP, the New York State Attorney General's Office - Civil Rights Bureau, the New York Urban League, the National Consumer Law Center,the Consumer Affairs Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York Bankers Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, the Better Business Bureau serving Metropolitan New York, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (April 3, 2001)
Public Rountable:
Dispute Resolution for Online Business-to-Consumer Contracts (February 2001)
Etails Details:
A one-day seminar for Internet retailers, marketers and suppliers on applying offline rules and regulations online. (January 2001)


Public Workshop:
The Mobile Wireless Web, Data Services and Beyond: Emerging Technologies and Consumer Issues (December 11-12, 2000)
Public Workshop:
Identity Theft Victim Assistance (October 2000)
Public Workshop:
Competition Policy in the World of B2B Electronic Marketplaces (June 2000)
Staff Report (10/00)
Public Workshop:
Slotting Allowances and Other Grocery Marketing Practices (May/June 2000)
Staff Report (02/01) [PDF 167K]
FTC/DOC Public Workshop:
Alternative Dispute Resolution for Online Consumer Transactions (June 2000)
Public Forum
Telemarketing Sales Rule: "Do-Not-Call" (January 2000)


Public Workshop
"On-Line Profiling" (November 1999)
Joint FCC/FTC Public Forum:
Advertising Long-Distance Services (November 1999)
Public Workshop:
Market Power and Consumer Protection Issues Involved with Encouraging Competition in the U.S. Electric Industry (September 1999)
Public Forum:
The Consumer and Credit Scoring (July 1999)
Public Workshop
U.S. Perspectives on Consumer Protection in the Global Electronic Marketplace (June 1999)
Public Workshop
Interpretation of Rules and Guides for Electronic Media (May 1999)


Commerical Weight-Loss Products and Programs
(October 16-17, 1997)
Public Workshops
Franchise Rulemaking (July 1997)
Public Workshop
Consumer Information Privacy (July 1997)
Rule Review
900 Number Rule Review (June 1997)


Public Forum
Vehicle Buyback Disclosures (October 1996)
Consumer Identity Fraud Meeting
, August 20, 1996 [PDF]
Public Workshop
Consumer Privacy on the Global Information Infrastructure (June 1996)
Public Workshop
"Made in USA" (March 1996)


Public Workshop
Environmental Marketing Guides Workshop (December 1995)
Conference on Preventing Fraudulent Advertising
(April 21, 1995)
Public Workshop
Consumer Protection and the Global Information Infrastructure (April 1995)

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