Dr. Craig Partridge
Chief Scientist
BBN Technologies
10 Moulton St
Cambridge MA 02138

January 4, 2000

Secretary, Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington DC 20580

Dear Sir or Madam:

It is my great pleasure to nominate my colleague, Mr. A. Lyman Chapin, to serve on the FTC’s Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security.

Mr. Chapin is a Chief Scientist of BBN Technologies (a GTE company), the company that helped develop many of the Internet’s protocols and built much of the early Internet. Mr. Chapin has been with the company since 1990, most recently as the Chief Technology Officer of BBN’s Professional Services organization. Previously he was a senior software development engineer for the Data General Corporation for fourteen years.

Mr. Chapin is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and past chairman of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Data Communication (the two major professional societies in data communications). He served as chairman of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from 1991 to 1993, and as a founding trustee of the Internet Society. Mr. Chapin has also been extraordinarily active in data communications standards; from 1982 to 1993 he chaired the ANSI task group X3S3.3 (Network and Transport Layer standards) and served as the head of the U.S. delegation to the corresponding standards bodies of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

As a member of the Advisory Committee, Mr. Chapin would be cognizant of the concerns of several communities. As an employee of BBN, Mr. Chapin can reflect the collective technical expertise of a company still very involved in the evolution and deployment of the Internet. As needed, he can call on the hundreds of man years of expertise in Internet protocols and information security that BBN’s employees represent.

As Chief Scientist, a Vice President position within GTE, and with close ties to GTE Internetworking, Mr. Chapin can offer the perspectives of a company that is both a major telephone carrier and the nation’s second largest Internet Service Provider.

As a Director of the CommerceNet Consortium, Mr. Chapin is familiar with current proposals (su ch as TRUSTe) for implementing fair information practices on the web and with many of the relevant reports that have been made to the FTC (such as the Georgetown Internet Privacy Policy Study and the web-site survey conducted in early 1999 by the Online Privacy Alliance).

While chairman of ACM SIGCOMM, Mr. Chapin arranged for SIGCOMM to jointly sponsor a new ACM conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy, which has become an important forum for the discussion of privacy and security issues. More recently, he has provided information and advice concerning compliance with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a consultant GTE's customers and a speaker at healthcare information privacy conferences.

As someone with long experience in technology standards, Mr. Chapin can speak with authority about not only the technical content but also the processes and procedures required to implement any protocols that may be required to protect the privacy of on-line information.

Mr. Chapin can be contacted at:

Mr. Lyman Chapin
BBN Technologies
10 Moulton St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617 967 1693
FAX: 781 890 3955

Mr. Chapin will be able to attend all the scheduled meetings of the Advisory Committee.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Mr. Chapin or myself if you have any questions about this nomination.



Dr. Craig Partridge
Chief Scientist, BBN Technologies
Phone: 517-324-3425