School of Engineering and Applied Science
Computer Science Department
Washington DC 20052
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Fax 202 994-4875

January 4, 2000

Federal Trade Commission
Room H-159
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20580

RE: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security - Nomination, P004807

Dear Sir:

Responding to the recent Federal Register Notice and Request for Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, I hereby nominate myself for Advisory Committee membership.

As described more fully below in the attached resumesmallpdf.gif (895 bytes), I have been involved in computer security and privacy matters for more than three decades. Known for my research on computer security and risk analysis and for my interdisciplinary work in computer privacy issues, as Professor of Computer Science at The George Washington University, I am in charge of the computer security graduate program in computer science. I am the author or editor of five books and numerous articles on computer security and privacy. My most recent book, Building in Big Brother, was the first book devoted to the topic of cryptography policy. A report done for GWU's Cyberspace Policy Institute, which I direct, had significant impact in shaping revisions of U. S. cryptography policy related to export controls. My recent teaching innovations include multidisciplinary courses on information warfare and electronic commerce (see

I am a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and have served as general chairman of the Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy. I am also a member of the National Advisory Board of the newsletter Privacy and American Business and sit on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Democracy and Technology. Until I left on sabbatical for 1999-2000, I was GWU’s representative to the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium. Some of my recent research includes developing the privacy policy for an electronic payments system and carrying out risk analyses for telemedicine privacy and security.

As someone with a foot in both the security and privacy camps, and with no commercial ax to grind, I bring a balanced, informed perspective to these issues. As an educator and a technologist, I often play a role bridging the "Two Cultures" -- articulating privacy concepts to technologists and demystifying computer systems to the general public. And since my sabbatical leave extends through the summer of 2000, I have the time available to give the proper attention to the Advisory Committee meetings and tasks.

During Academic year 1999-2000, I will rarely be at the university, so the best way to contact me is by email ( or by calling my home office at 301 656-6205.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope to be able to serve the Commission.


Lance J. Hoffman
Professor of Computer Science
Director, Cyberspace Policy Institute