Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

November 14, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Hart eCenter at Southern Methodist University is sponsoring a luncheon and panel discussion on “Privacy and Security in the Global Digital Economy” on Friday, Nov. 30, from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Westin Hotel, 13340 Dallas Pkwy in Dallas.

Panelists for the discussion include William F. Conner, president and CEO of Entrust; Terry Jones, CEO of; and Rebecca Whitener, director of privacy services, EDS Global Security and Privacy Services. The discussion will be moderated by Jane Kaufman Winn, a professor of law in SMU’s Dedman School of Law and an expert on Internet commerce.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50 and may be purchased by calling the Hart eCenter at 214-768-4278 or by registering online at

“In the last three decades, network technologies have brought about dramatic changes in the way we live, work and play,” said Hart eCenter Director Peter Raad. “The proliferation of and ease of access to information have pushed the debate of privacy and security into the public arena. At the Hart eCenter at SMU, we believe that future policies should be guided by a cross-disciplinary dialogue that includes, among others, the legal, ethical, business, technological and social implications. The panelists and moderator for this discussion are at the hub of the privacy and security debate, dealing directly with the issues of balancing the needs of business and government with the preservation of personal rights and human dignity. We are delighted to have these industry leaders engage publicly this timely subject, and to have the dialogue be moderated by an academic legal scholar.”

The Hart eCenter at SMU, established by a gift from Linda and Mitch Hart, was formed to foster cross-disciplinary and collaborative activities related to the development and use of interactive network technologies such as the Internet, wireless networks and mobile computing. It also is dedicated to understanding the implications of evolving technologies on global society. It is the only universitywide center of its kind at a major research university. For more information on the Hart eCenter, visit its web site at