Calif. appointees scrutinize political practices on the Web

Calif. appointees scrutinize political practices on the Web

By Trudy Walsh

GCN Staff

JULY 27—Gov. Gray Davis this week announced the appointment of three new members of the Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices: L. Geoffrey Cowan, Conway H. Collis and Edward D. Hearst.

California is one of the first states to study not only electronic elections but also the underlying politics. The 13-member commission is tasked with examining California campaign activity on the Internet and recommending legislative action. Members do not receive a salary.

Cowan's job history includes stints as a public interest lawyer, university professor, author, Emmy Award-winning television producer and elected official. He is dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He had also been director of the Voice of America, the international broadcasting service of the U.S. Information Agency.

Collis is the president of Collis Associates, a public policy research group in Los Angeles. He also is chairman of California's Senate Bipartisan Commission on Homelessness.

Hearst is vice president of Commerce One's Global Trading Web division of Pleasanton, Calif. He was senior counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Commerce, where he helped draft digital signature law. Hearst also served as a senior attorney at the Federal Communications Commission and senior policy adviser at the State Department.

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