From: Barbara Simons
To: HQ.DCMAIL4(advisorycommittee)
Date: Wed, Jan 5, 2000 4:56 PM
Subject: Advisory Committee on Online Acess & Security - Nomination, P004807

Pursuant to the notice published by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on December 21, we are pleased to formally nominate Dr. Lorrie Cranor and Andrew Grosso, Esq., to the FTC Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security.

Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's first educational and scientific computing society. With over 80,000 members, ACM has been extensively involved in the research and development of the science and technology that is the basis for the computer revolution and the Internet. Through ACM's U.S. Public Policy Committee (USACM), ACM responds to requests for information and technical expertise from U.S. government agencies and departments.

Dr. Lorrie Faith Cranor is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Secure Systems Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research Shannon Laboratory. She has been actively involved in research projects related to online privacy for several years. Currently she chairs the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Specification Working Group at the World Wide Web Consortium. She also leads AT&T's efforts to develop P3P prototype software. A recognized expert in online privacy, she has been invited to speak at the Department of Commerce's Public Meeting on Internet Privacy and at a meeting of the Congressional Internet Caucus. She also frequently speaks about online privacy at conferences, universities, and industry events. Last year she edited a special section on Internet privacy for the Communications of the ACM magazine. She also co-authored a study of Internet users' attitudes about online privacy. She is chair of the Tenth Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy. Dr. Cranor received a masters degree in computer science and a doctorate degree in Engineering & Policy from Washington University. For additional information, please see her resume at

Mr. Andrew Grosso is an attorney in Washington, D.C., whose practice involves electronic commerce issues as well as civil and criminal litigation. Prior to starting his own firm in 1994, Mr. Grosso was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for ten years, from 1983 to 1990 in Tampa, Florida, and from 1990 to 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts. In both offices he concentrated on the prosecution of government program fraud and corporate crimes. Mr. Grosso earned his law degree in 1980 from the University of Notre Dame, and holds Master of Science degrees in both physics and computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, and the states of New York and Florida. He is active in ACM and the American Bar Association (ABA), currently serving as the founding Chair of the ACM's Committee on Law and Technology and as a member of the USACM. In the past, Mr. Grosso has served on the governing council for the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA, and as both Vice Chair and then Chair of that section's Committee on Science and Technology.

Among Mr. Grosso's clients are FreedomISP, an Internet Service Provider which specializes in providing filtered, pornography-free and violence-free access to the Internet for organizations and individuals who have concern about the information available to children and families; and Peter Hall, an independent film producer, on whose behalf Mr. Grosso has brought a law suit in federal court in Manhattan against an Internet Service Provider for, among other matters, an alleged violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In addition, in 1998 Mr. Grosso was appointed by the federal district court in Brooklyn, as a computer crime and security expert, to advise the Federal Public Defender's Office in United States v. Eugene Kaspureff. That case concerned a violation of the Computer Crime and Abuse Act, and pertained to the defendant's online interference with the world-wide ability of the Network Solutions to register domain names on its "Internic" web page.

If there is any way that ACM can be of assistance by providing you with further information about the nominees or in any other manner, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your consideration.


Prof. Eugene Spafford,
Chair, USACM

Barbara Simons, Ph.D.
President, ACM

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