3117 16th Street (at Valencia Street)
San Francisco, California

* "Email -- Should the Sender Pay?": EFF Fundraiser, Debate
Between Esther Dyson and Danny O'Brien

In light of AOL's adopting a "certified" email system, EFF
is hosting a debate on the future of email. With
distinguished entrepreneur Mitch Kapor moderating, EFF
Activist Coordinator Danny O'Brien and renowned tech expert
Esther Dyson will discuss the potential consequences if
people have to pay to send email. Would the Internet
deteriorate as a platform for free speech? Would spam or
phishing decline?

Thursday, April 20th, 2006
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


"Email - Should the Sender Pay?"


Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien is the Activist Coordinator for the EFF. His
job is to help our membership in making their voice heard:
in government and regulatory circles, in the marketplace,
and with the wider public. Danny has documented and fought
for digital rights in the UK for over a decade, where he
also assisted in building tools of open democracy like Fax
Your MP. He co-edits the award-winning NTK newsletter, has
written and presented science and travel shows for the BBC,
and has performed a solo show about the Net in the London's
West End.

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is editor at large at CNET Networks, where she
is responsible for its monthly newsletter, Release 1.0, and
its PC Forum, the high-tech market's leading annual
executive conference. As editor at large, she also
contributes insight and content to CNET Networks' other
properties. She sold her business, EDventure Holdings, to
CNET Networks in early 2004. Previously, she had co-owned
EDventure and written/edited Release 1.0 since 1983.
Recently, Esther authored a New York Times editorial called
"You've Got Goodmail," defending a sender-pays model for the
future of email.

Mitch Kapor

Mitchell Kapor is the President and Chair of the Open Source
Applications Foundation, a non-profit organization he
founded in 2001 to promote the development and acceptance of
high-quality application software developed and distributed
using open source methods and licenses. He is widely known
as the founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the
designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the "killer application" which made
the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in
the 1980's. In 1990, Kapor co-founded EFF.

Roxie Film Center
3117 16th Street, San Francisco
(between Valencia and Guerrero)
Tel: (415) 863-1087

See the link below for a map:

Local Muni are the 22 and 53 (both at 16th & Valencia), 33
(18th & Valencia), 14 (16th & Mission), 49 (16th & Mission).
BART stops one block east at 16th & Mission.

Public Parking is available on Hoff Street, off of 16th
between Valencia and Mission at very reasonable rates.

This fundraiser is open to the general public. The suggested
donation is $20.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Adaptive Path is the generous sponsor of this fundraising
event. Founded in 2001, Adaptive Path is a leading user
experience consulting, research, and training firm that has
provided services to a range of clients, including Fortune
100 corporations, pure-Web startups, and established
nonprofit organizations. The company is headquartered in San
Francisco. To learn more about Adaptive Path, visit the
company website at:

To learn more about the DearAOL campaign against AOL's
planned system:

For Esther Dyson's editorial, "You've Got Goodmail":

Added by maryhodder on April 1, 2006



It's actually at the Roxie, not the Red Vic! But thanks for posting this!


BTW, if anyone has particular questions or aspects of the debate they'd like us to focus on, feel free to post them here and I'll pass them along to The Powers That Be.


"Should the Sender Pay?" sounds like kind of a leading question. I hope they'll avoid the common pitfalls that have hampered this debate thus far, and actually look at what's been proposed insetad of what they're scared might be proposed in some dark evil future where corporations (and Esther) rule the world.

irina slutsky

getv in da house! we be vloggin.


Here, I'll save everyone some time: