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The CPSR Compiler - December 2004

 The CPSR Compiler - December 2004 - 3.5
Turning Thoughts to Actions

* CPSR Norbert Wiener Award Winners Concerned About Science Funding
* CPSR Signed Onto Declaration on the Future of WIPO
* Election Project
* United Nations Secretary General Appoints CPSR President to Working Group on Internet Governance
* PDC04 Proceedings Available
* Non-CPSR Opportunities
* CPSR Member News


Karl Auerbach, Brian Behlendorf, Laura Gould, Dan McCracken, Peter G. Neumann, Severo Ornstein, Theodore A. Postol, Eric S. Raymond, Marc Rotenberg, Barbara Simons, Richard M. Stallman, Barry Steinhardt, Joseph Weizenbaum, and Philip Zimmermann wrote an open letter to express their concern about the significant redirection in science funding toward the development of systems of mass surveillance. It is their view that this research priority could pose a fundamental risk to political freedom, privacy, and Constitutional liberty.

"Research must begin in the area of privacy and security. Too much money is spent today on systems of mass surveillance; too little is spent on understanding the social consequences.

We call on the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant agencies to determine whether adequate safeguards are being developed to protect the civil rights of the populations who will ultimately become the human subjects for the deployment of these systems.

We call on the Congress to set aside funds to allow for a candid and independent assessment of the ethical, legal, and social implications of this technology.
The American public has repeatedly made clear that it does not support the establishment of vast systems of public surveillance. Yet our science agencies and many of our top researches are now pursuing precisely this mission.

We believe this must change."

See the complete letter and Federal Government Spending on Surveillance Technology 2005 report at



CPSR signed onto a very important and well thought out initiative from the governments of Argentina and Brazil, in collaboration with civil society organizations (a growing trend in The World Intellectual Property Organisation - WIPO), to try to democratize the global governance of intellectual property (IP) and redirect WIPO's mission toward the United Nations Charter under which it is supposed to operate.

See 'Proposal for the Establishment of a Development Agenda for WIPO', for discussion at the WIPO General Assembly on Sep 27-Oct 2, 2004 at
and The 'Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO' at

The Declaration was quickly followed by the Assembly at the general session of the WIPO in Geneva adopting a decision to put development and the promotion of creativity front-and-center in its goals. See



CPSR is pleased to report that there were 38,061 U.S. 2004 election incident reports using the phone hotline and web-based tracking tool for inquiries and problems. The Election Incident Reporting System developed by CPSR, Verified Voting Foundation, and the Election Protection Coalition helped thousands of people in real-time to be able to vote and have their votes counted as intended, and will help with future litigation and policymaking. See

More incidents were reported, and still can be added, using the online form at

Thousands of technologists volunteered for TechWatch to apply technical expertise to mind the polls in a way that most pollwatchers cannot. See


Election 2004 E-Voting Incidents from the Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS)

Reported by Verified Voting Foundation on November 18th at

  • Significant e-voting problems
  • Almost all vendors, products and models
  • Most jurisdictions where e-voting installed
  • Impacted at least tens or hundreds of thousands of voters
  • Calls fielded by Election Protection Hotline: 175,213 (87,841 on E-Day)
  • Incident reports in EIRS: 34,000+ and counting (23,726+ on E-Day)
  • "Machine Problem" incidents: 1,876+
  • E-Voting incidents: 895+
Preliminary findings from sample that's still growing, yet not statistically robust Notable Incidents / Clusters
  • Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties
  • Louisiana: Orleans Parish
  • New Mexico: Bernalillo County
  • North Carolina: Carteret County
  • Ohio: Franklin and Mahoning Counties
  • Pennsylvania: Dauphin, Mercer, and Philadelphia Counties
Next Steps
  • Further analysis and reporting of e-voting problems as well as other voting technologies
  • Discussions with election officials, voting technology vendors, and policymakers to improve elections process, technology, and regulation
For more information: ****

Press from as far away as Punjab, India, reported on CPSR's role in the Election Incident Reporting System. Erik Nilsson spoke with Consumer Reports, Scripps News and many others about CPSR's involvement with EIRS. Some examples of press and blog coverage are "Sidebar: Skeptics Create System to Monitor E-voting" at
"E-Voting skeptics use Web to monitor election." See
"Nonpartisan Coalition Moves to protect black voters"

Paul Hyland represented CPSR at a press conference in Washington, DC on November 3rd. Official speakers included Peter Neumann, Doug Jones, Jamin Raskin, Lillie Coney, and Marc Rotenberg.

Paul briefly mentioned CPSR's history of skepticism toward computerized voting technology, our serious doubts about the accuracy, reliability and security of touch-screen voting machines and the need for at least a voter verified paper ballot if we are going to use them. Paul spent most of his time talking about EIRS and TechWatch - gave the web addresses, and described how EIRS is a resource that is available after the elections for researchers and journalists to study incidents and report on them.

Paul was also interviewed by the National Journal Tech Daily after the press conference.


Some of the CPSR members who put in many volunteer hours in leadership positions on the Election Incident Reporting System included: C. Scott Ananian, Jacob Applebaum, Patricia Ensworth, Steve Enzer, James Hiebert, David Kerlick, Geoffrey Kuenning, Gregory Marks, John McCarthy, and Alec Wysoker. Many thanks.

Linda Hinton, CPSR member, volunteered for TechWatch and wrote that she "was honored to serve our country and CPSR, watching our national elections with Election Protection, for three days, November 1-3, on site at the Center for National Supercomptuing Applications in Arlington, VA. providing application/laptop tech support to the hotline call receivers from the entire country. . . I enjoyed the comraderie, team work, meeting new people who were very innovative in a high pressure situation. I loved the experience."


Members who worked on the Project and want to share their thoughts, should send testimonials to, for possible posting on the website.


The Committee on Electronic Voting of the National Research Council of the National Acadmies seeks well-reasoned white papers that identify and discuss questions that policy makers and the interested public should be asking about electronic voting systems. Contact:



United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan has selected forty people from government, business, and civil society organizations to participate in his United Nations Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). The WGIG will be chaired by Mr. Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. The group's objectives are to organize an open dialogue on Internet Governance, produce a report by the summer of 2005, and to propose recommendations to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). CPSR President William Drake was among those appointed to the WGIG (the press release incorrectly identifies him as CPSR's Chairman). Drake was nominated for the position by the WSIS civil society coalition and its Internet Governance Caucus. The UN press release, including a full list of WGIG participants, is available at . The WGIG's website is at



CPSR-Uganda is now a legal entity in Uganda. It needs a team of active and committed leaders to take the organisation forward towards the proper use of technology for the good of society. Ideas leading towards a general meeting are welcome. Do not hesitate to ask where need be. Membership dues are US $20, and can be paid through Treasurer Prof. Dr. Grace Bantebya of Makaerere University, Women and Gender Studies. Contact: Patrick Kajia

CPSR-Uganda in collaboration with Byte International Group Ltd offered a scholarship in computer applications to all students of Bunyoro Kingdom-based secondary schools, who passed in the 1st and 2nd positions during the second term of 2004. They were eligible to attend the free 1 month programme, at training centres in Masindi and Hoima towns, starting December 6. The programme includes: Computer Science, Beginners course, Introduction to Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, and Microsoft Access



Volume I of the Proceedings ($30) has full research papers. Volume II of the Proceedings ($15) includes all the other accepted contributions: short research papers, tutorial and workshop descriptions, etc. Shipping is $7 to addresses within the U.S. and Canada, and more elsewhere. For information about the Conference, see To order the Proceedings, contact CPSR.


The editors of Law/Technology Journal are urgently calling for papers suitable for immediate publication - either original professional or student written work or work that is suitable for reprinting from other journals. Contact .


Powerpoint presentations from a recent conference on sustainable development in a socially responsible university are available online at****

Bill Drake was quoted in PRICE Tag Pushes Back Development, Inter Press Service - World See***

Madan Rao's latest book is "Knowledge Management Tools and Techniques: Practitioners and experts evaluate KM solutions" See


Doug Schuler of CPSR's Public Sphere Project, is looking for non-profits to try e-Liberate software for online deliberation. Users need to be familiar with Roberts Rules of Order. The Public Sphere Project is dedicated to developing information and communication systems that help people deal with social and environmental problems. See : Registering: Demonstration Meeting Transcript: Contact:


Doug Schuler and Peter Day's recent book was reviewed in***

Joi Ito will become an ICANN board member.


Andy Oram used Nancy Brigham's presentation on the outsourcing of high-tech jobs from the CPSR Annual Conference to represent the progressive point on a radio program called The Linux Show.


Most of the CPSR Annual Conference "Making the Grade: A Report Card on U.S. Policies for the Information Society" ( ) was recorded on mini DVR tapes. We would love to at least get some of it posted online, for the benefit of the many people who could not attend. If you may be able to help, please contact


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