Nominee Name:
Jeffrey Hiroshi Matsuura
Nominee Affiliation:
Alliance Law Group, LLC
8000 Towers Crescent Drive
Suite 660
Vienna, Virginia 22182
Phone: 703-848-8349
Fax: 703-848-8333
Nomination Submitted By:
Jeffrey H. Matsuura

Mr. Matsuura is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar. His legal practice is focused on issues associated with commercial use of the Internet and the transactions associated with electronic commerce, including issues of information management, security, and privacy. In his current practice, Mr. Matsuura represents businesses engaged in electronic commerce activities, including start-up companies, mid-size businesses, and large enterprises. Mr. Matsuura also works with not-for-profit groups attempting to develop Internet use policies that serve the public interest. Accordingly, Mr. Matsuura is familiar with the policy objectives and concerns of both commercial and individual participants in electronic commerce.

Mr. Matsuura has written extensively on the subject of the law and public policy of the Internet and electronic commerce, including the issues associated with management of personal data and other forms of private information. He is co-author of the legal treatise, LAW OF THE INTERNET (written with George Delta and published by Aspen Law and Business in 1997, and updated in 1998 and 1999). He is author of the book, A MANAGER'S GUIDE TO THE LAW AND ECONOMICS OF DATA NETWORKS, which will be published in February 2000 by Artech House, Inc. Mr. Matsuura has also written numerous articles on Internet law and policy, including: "Patents for Online Business Systems: Implications for Developers and Users of Internet-Based Negotiation Technologies" (written with James Lester and published in 1999); "A Guide to the Rules of the Road for the Information Superhighway" (1998); "The Case Against Internet Law" (written with Jean-Pierre Auffret and published in 1998); and "Technological Change, Telecommunications Deregulation, Telecommunications Economics, and Internet Globalization" (written with Jean-Pierre Auffret and published in 1998).

Mr. Matsuura currently serves as an appointed advisor on Internet law and policy topics for the Virginia legislature and the National Task Force on Knowledge and Intellectual Property Management. His work for the Virginia General Assembly consists of advising the General Assembly's Joint Commission on Technology and Science on topics associated with electronic commerce policy and with expansion of information technology use in government activities (e.g., education, state regulatory functions, state government purchasing activities, and voting). His work for the National Task Force on Knowledge and Intellectual Property Management involves advising the Task Force on the impact of Internet law, policy, and regulation on the developing field of knowledge management technologies, systems, and practices.

Mr. Matsuura has taught and lectured extensively on topics associated with the law and public policy of commercial Internet use. He is currently a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Maryland's R.H. Smith School of Business and the Northern Virginia Community College, where he has lectured on electronic commerce law and policy. He has spoken on Internet law and policy topics at: universities (e.g., George Washington University, American University, and Marymount University); international conferences (e.g., the Internet Society's INET '98 global conference, the 1999 Beijing International Conference on Electronic Commerce, and the Internet service provider industry's ISPCON '99 international conference); corporate sessions (e.g., meetings sponsored by IBM and by British Telecom); and professional seminars (e.g, Bar association meetings).

Mr. Matsuura has earned a B.A. degree from Duke University, a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Matsuura formerly served as counsel for MCI Communications Corporation, The Discovery Channel, and COMSAT Corporation. A resident of northern Virginia, Mr. Matsuura will have no difficulty attending all of the Advisory Committee's meetings.

Mr. Matsuura's training and experience will enable him to make a substantial contribution to the Advisory Committee's efforts. His knowledge of the Internet's technology, business models, and public policy challenges provides an important asset. In addition, his experience working with both business users of the Internet and with organizations interested in promoting the public interest in the Internet environment give him an important sense of balance which would likely be beneficial to the efforts of the Advisory Committee to develop workable proposals that encourage continued growth of electronic commerce, while at the same time protect important public interest standards. For all of these reasons, Mr. Matsuura is well-positioned to make a useful contribution to the activities of the Advisory Committee.