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Thank you! The 10th Consumer Issues
Conference was September 30 and October 1 with the
theme of Unlocking the Digital Marketplace: Legal and
Ethical Issues. We had excellent keynote and
concurrent session speakers and workshops on selling,
shopping and participating in the online world.
Look for audio files from the sessions on
the program page as well as many of the slide sets.
If you are interested in
the 2009 conference:
Food Safety, Security and Sources.
we had record attendance, excellent sessions, good
dialogue and interesting tours. For audio from the
sessions and presentation resources, look on the
archived website linked at the bottom of this page.
Speakers and Topics
This year's keynote speaker will be Professor Patrick
Murphy, Marketing Ethics Professor from Notre Dame
University. He will speak on Ethical Issues for
Marketers and Consumers in the Online World. Also
speaking will be Susan Linn, an author and
psychologist who will present her documentary film Consuming
Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood, as well as
giving a plenary speech on Reclaiming childhood from
Corporate marketers & Media Moguls. UW
Communications Professor George Gladney will be
joined by his colleague Professor Frank Millar
for a closing plenary entitled Enduring Issues in
Communication and Cyberspace.
Other speakers and topics include
UW Law Professor Dee Pridgen on Consumer Privacy in
the Digital Marketplace: Federal Initiatives,
Law Professor Matthew Wilson on International Issues in
Electronic Commerce and Operating an Online Business,
UW Law alumni Ryan Jardine, now with Kutak Rock in
Denver, on Mobile Marketing and "Locational Privacy,"
UW Management Professor Robert Sprague on the Use of
Social Media Tools by Students, Consumers, and Small
FBI Special Agent Tory Smith on
Cyberspace Security: Identity Theft and Consumer Fraud,
UW Marketing Professor Stephanie Geiger-Oneto on
Counterfeit Goods Marketed Online, and
Management Professor Linda Sharp on Social Media and
Student-Athletes: Legal and Policy Issues.
On Thursday, September 30 join in interactive workshop
presentations. Choose from "Social Media Bootcamp,"
"Computer Security," and "Online Shopping Consumer
Guide" (sessions are repeated).
CLE and Graduate Credit Available
Why this theme?
The digital marketplace is becoming
more pervasive but raises some special issues for
consumers, including privacy of personal information,
commercialization of social communications, fraud, and
even criminal issues. At the same time, the digital
marketplace can be a boon for entrepreneurs and job
seekers, if used properly.
conference will bring to the forefront the ethical and
legal issues associated with the digital marketplace in
ways that can be used by consumers, businesses and
policy makers. As always in Consumer Issues Conferences,
well highlight policy issues in which individuals can
try to make a difference in how the world of digital
marketing will evolve.
The Consumer Issues Conference
addresses consumer problems or issues. We define these
as threats of fraud or misinformation, unfair advantage
relative to consumers, or problems that cause some harm
or risk to consumers. As a planning group our objectives
Develop an understanding of consumer issues
and awareness of resources available to prevent and
Empower consumers to address specific consumer
concerns through education, collaboration, and
participation in the public policy process,
Create opportunities for networking that can
lead to collaboration among interested parties with
different perspectives on consumer issues,
Improve consumer wellbeing through changes in
personal actions and state and local government
policy, (e.g. legislation introduced and/or passed,
regulation, and funding), and
Empower students to create well-researched
position papers and presentations on a specific
consumer issue to relevant experts and policymakers,
Registration by mail is
now open. Online
registration is now
Walk-on registrations will be accepted on-site but are not preferred
because of the difficulties in estimating snacks and
meal numbers. Registration fees for the Consumer Issues
Conference are kept low so that cost is not barrier to
Registration includes all
conference sessions, lunch, workshops and movie. Early
registration ends September 16.
Early: $50. After
September 16: $65.
Early senior citizen
(60+): $40. After September 16: $55.
As always, students (with
valid ID) are free.
project or academic research are welcome. Please submit
an abstract (up to 250 words) on the poster content.
With the submission, provide your contact information
(name, title, affiliation, e-mail and phone number) and
whether your poster is research or project oriented. The
posters are to be available during the conference in the
conference venue (the Wyoming Union on the campus of the
University of Wyoming) by 8:15 am on 30 September 2010
and should remain up until noon on 1 October. During the
midmorning break on the 30th (approximately 9:45 and
10:20am) the authors should be next to their posters to
discuss their work and answer questions. The deadline
for submissions is Wednesday, 1 September.
guidelines and presentation tips are available.
Exhibitors are welcome to
reserve a table at the conference to display information
of use to participants. To request exhibit space,
please complete the "Call
for Conference Exhibitors" form by September 24.
One-Credit Graduate Course
Registration available through Outreach ends
Sept. 20, 2010!
If you would like UW graduate credit which includes participation in the
conference, then enroll in FCSC 5102/COJO 5890:
Communication in Cyberspace. This one-credit hour course
will explore social, cultural, and ethical implications
of cyberspace communication within the framework of
rapidly changing contemporary technology, with emphasis
on issues addressed at the Consumer Issues Conference.
Includes applications to professional practice. The
course will be led by Drs. George Gladney and Virginia
Vincenti. For more
information see the attached flyer.
Click here for course
Professional Development Credit
Available to Attendees
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
(AAFCS) 9 PDUs
CLE (Continuing Legal Education) 8 Credits Wyoming
Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) 1/2
FCSC 5102/COJO 5890 Communication in Cyberspace 1
UW Graduate Level Credit 15 PDUs
Want to help advertise the
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brochure to print. If youd like more tools,
please contact us!
The Planning Committee
has arranged blocks of rooms at two nearby hotels for
use by those registering for the conference. Be sure to
mention the Consumer Issues Conference when making your
The Comfort Inn, 3420
E. Grand Ave., Laramie - (307) 721-8856, $89 + tax
per night. Please make your own reservations by
The Hampton Inn, 3715 East Grand Avenue, Laramie
- (307) 742-0125: $95 + tax per night. Reserve by
The University of Wyoming's 2010 Consumer Issues
Conference theme is "Unlocking
the digital marketplace: Legal and ethical issues."
additional online and
The Planning Committee
College of Law
University of Wyoming, Associate
Dean and Carl M. Williams Professor of Law and Social
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Wyoming, Professor,
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
of Wyoming, Extension Specialist in Personal Finance and
Larimer County Cooperative Extension
Colorado State University, Director
Communication and Journalism
University of Wyoming, Professor
Elizabeth Goudey, Esq.,
Students' Attorney Office
University of Wyoming, ASUW
Consumer and Family Studies
Colorado State University,
College of Business
University of Wyoming, Professor Department of Management and Marketing
College of Law
University of Wyoming, Professor
Our program supporters provide financial as well as in-kind
contributions to bring about this annual event.
UW Office of the President UW FoundationIf
you or your organization would like to support this
project as it raises awareness, and empowers and
connects consumers to address public policy issues, then
contact Dee Pridgen or Virginia Vincenti. The Consumer
Issues Conference is a highly-rated event that has a
history of creating impact.
UW College of Business Deans Office
of Law Dean's Office
UW Community Development
Education Team of Cooperative Extension Educators
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Natural
Resources Dean's Office
UW College of Agriculture and
Natural Resources Office of Academic and Student
UW College of Business Department of Management &
UW Department of Family and Consumer
UW Department of Communication & Journalism
UW College of Arts & Sciences
UW Intellectual Property Law Club
Past Conference Websites
Food Safety, Security and
Focus on Energy and
Money Matters (2007)
the Range (2006)
Consumer Activism: Health Issues (2005)
Cars and Consumers
Credit Cards Marketed
to Youth and Privacy Rights (2002)
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