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Todd Davies


B.S. (Statistics, 1985), M.S. (Data Analysis and Statistical Computing, 1985), and Ph.D. (Cognitive Psychology, 1995), all from Stanford University

Employment history:

  • 1985-1991 Computer Scientist, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International
  • 1995-1996 and 2000-present Lecturer and Coordinator, Symbolic Systems
  •   Program, Stanford University
  • 1996-1999 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Koc University, Istanbul
I first joined CPSR in 2002 through the Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC) conference ("Shaping the Network Society"). The
conference was very relevant to my research and activist interests in online deliberation/ decision making tools and their use in grassroots
organizing, and in bridging digital divides.  I have put on conferences at Stanford each of the last three years (including the upcoming DIAC
conference: Online Deliberation 2005 in May) and have worked closely with community network and labor groups in particular.


I support policies that will allow community networks and community technology to be controlled by local users. The Bush administration has drastically cut funding for technology opportunities, and digital divides have failed to narrow and in some ways worsened as a result during the last four years. CPSR should be a strong lobby in Washington for community technology centers such as East Palo Alto, California's Plugged In, the one for which I consult.

I support public policies that will bolster free/libre sofware and encourage its adoption by governments and universities internationally and in the U.S. I agree with Larry Lessig's position that copyright terms should be scaled back to their original levels, and I think CPSR should lobby for this both in the U.S. and in international settings such as WSIS. I believe in green computing, strong rights for workers' privacy, fair labor standards across borders, and the right to use email to organize. I think CPSR should be a strong lobby against USA PATRIOT-type laws in the U.S. and internationally.

I believe the Internet should be governed by and for the benefit of its users, not by national governments or by corporations. I believe in verified voting and think CPSR should work with orgs such as to ensure this. I believe CPSR should take a strong stand against weapons in space and be active in bringing more women into computing and supporting the needs of both women and men in an industry which often subordinates people's home lives too much. I am concerned that CPSR survive and thrive, and that it recover some of the energy I feel has been dissipated over the last few years in the organization.


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Gain better understanding of the Information society.