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The CPSR Compiler - January 2005

* Thank You for Annual Appeal Support
* Board of Director Elections
* Ford Project Director Resigned
* WSIS 2 Prepcom Meeting
* Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice / DIAC 2005
* Election Project
* Privaterra News
* News from members
* CHI 2005 Workshop Call for Papers
* Prix Ars Electronica Awards

Thank you to those who generously supported CPSR through giving
to  our  Annual Appeal. We got beyond our short-term cash flow
crunch, and will need to build on our little cushion to become stronger.


The deadline for CPSR Board Nominations is Monday,
March 14th, 5 PM U.S. PST.

Nominees must be members of CPSR by Februay 1st,
Members in good standing as of March 14th are eligible to vote.

During the spring of 2005, CPSR will hold elections to fill at
least two vacancies on its Board of Directors for three-year terms.
All elected Directors run for "at large" positions.
The Board then selects its officers from amongst its membership.
This year the Board will need to select a Secretary.
The Board is seeking to appoint a Special Director before June 30th
to serve as Vice President.  That position has been vacant since
Stuart Shapiro's resignation from the Board on October 15th.

Duties expected of every board member include:

- Staying current reading and participating on the board's email lists

- Working at least two hours a week, beyond reading board email

- Participating on board committees

- Acting as liaisons between the board and its projects, chapters,
  and working groups

- Helping to raise funds to support CPSR and its groups

- Voting on 75% or more of motions before the board

- Attending the preponderance of physical and virtual board
   meetings (there will be one or two daylong physical meetings and
   up to 11 two-hour virtual meetings each year)

- Maintaining membership in CPSR during tenure on the board

 - Complying with CPSR Bylaws

- Avoiding actual and apparent conflicts of interest by complying with CPSR's
  policy on conflicts of interest

All regularly elected positions take effect on July 1, 2005.

Any CPSR member in good standing as of February 1, 2005
who has legal adult status in his/her home country may
submit a statement of candidacy in English for the board
election. The statement should be 500 words (or less) and

- A description of the candidates background and qualifications,
  including relevant educational and employment history, past work
  with CPSR, and any other relevant experiences;

- A brief policy statement outlining the candidate's perspective on
  the CPSR program and the issues facing the organization; and

- Optionally, a link to the candidate's own web page.

The statement of candidacy will be submitted to the Board
Development Committee for approval. If approved, the candidate
will appear on the ballot. Candidate statements will be sent
with election materials and posted on CPSR's Web site.
Any candidate may also submit a longer statement, which
will also be posted on the CPSR Web site.

Any CPSR member in good standing as of February 1, 2005
who has legal adult status in his/her home country can
alternatively be nominated by petition, which should
include a candidate statement as described above. Such a
petition must be signed by two percent (2%) of the
membership and submitted to the CPSR office by the
Monday, March 14 deadline. For additional information,
please contact the CPSR office at

For more information on the structure and organization
of CPSR, see
The CPSR Bylaws may be found at
For a list of current board members, see

Nominations must be received for vetting via,
with the subject "Nomination", by 5 p.m. U.S. Pacific time on
March 14, 2005.

Ballots will be mailed to all members with postal addresses on
file by March 28, and must be postmarked back to the CPSR
office no later than Monday, May 9, 2005.

Members can have access to the candidates to discuss issues
with them by joining the Elections list via

Ballots will be counted June 9, 2005.


Herbert Kanner


Dear CPSR members,

We invite you to help us in the last stages of getting our new web site
up and running.

After months of development, we are at the point where we can take
over much of the management  from the developer, and populate the
site with exciting new content.

Please take a look at all the of list issues now potentially presented on
the site ( ) and volunteer to
help contribute  or  manage content for those that interest you.
(We also welcome suggestions for new issues you want the site to cover.)

And if you have any expertise in web design -- from architecture to
properly coding pages that need to be moved to work on the Plone
system, we need you! We still are refining the new members' section
of the site, where all CPSR member can control their own content,
participate in forums, etc., and want to launch those features as soon
as possible.

If you have any time or ability to volunteer, please contact
nbrigham (a) and/or webmaster (a)  Thanks!


Sarah Granger resigned as the Project Director for CPSR's
capacity building grant from the Ford Foundation.
The Board of Directors thanks her for her service.


UN World Summit on the Information Society -

As the CPSR focal point for the WSIS, Robert Guerra would like to
inform the CPSR membership that the second meeting of the
Preparatory Committee (PrepCom-2 of the Tunis phase) will take
place in Geneva  (Switzerland) from 17-25 February 2005.

If you can attend the event and would like to attend as a CPSR
delegate,  please  contact Robert for details at

Note: CPSR does not provide any funding for transportation/
accommodation.  All expenses are SOLELY at your expense.

                         *** Call for Papers ***

                 2nd Conference on Online Deliberation:
                     Design, Research, and Practice
                                DIAC 2005


                             May 20-22, 2005
                   Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Note that this conference is being co-billed as DIAC 2005.
This will be the 10th (!) of CPSR's "Directions and Implications of
Advanced Computing" symposia.

Abstract deadline: March 15, 2005

The Second Conference on Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and
Practice / DIAC 2005, will be held at Stanford University from Friday
through Sunday, May 20-22, 2005. This conference is a follow-up to
"Developing and Using Online Tools for Deliberative Democracy", a two-day
seminar which was held at Carnegie Mellon University in June, 2003. At the
end of the CMU conference, participants agreed to have a follow-up meeting
at Stanford.  We would like to solidify the conference as a regular event,
and to discuss the possibility of establishing a new society for online
deliberation that will bring together researchers, designers, and
practitioners whose work bears on this area.  This conference is also the
latest in a series of conferences on Directions and Implications of
Advanced Computing (DIAC), presented in association with the Public Sphere
Project (a CPSR Initiative).

We welcome proposals for presentations and workshops from both within and
outside academia. An edited volume of abstracts and selected full papers
from the conference is planned for publication afterward through CSLI
Publications, a division of the University of Chicago Press. Topics of
interest include:

* Online deliberation and groupware design
* Computer-supported cooperative work
* Uses and implications of the Internet for democratic participation
* E-consultation and E-rulemaking
* Online facilitation and community-building
* Research on virtual communities
* Uses of groupware in organizations
* Online learning communities
* Social decision procedures for online environments
* Analyzing online dialogue
* Email and listservs
* Chatrooms and instant messaging
* Message boards and blogs
* Collaborative editing and wikis
* Online organizing and petitions
* Teleconferencing
* Mobile communication and "smart mobs"
* Smart rooms and iRooms
* Immersive virtual environments
* Multilingual online communities and machine translation
* Secure communication and voting
* Information systems support for deliberation
* Lessons from "offline" deliberation and democracy
* Distributed design
* IP, ownership and "copyleft"
* Digital divides, usability, and accessibility
* Free speech and censorship online
* Communication across platforms

All of the above topics bear on whether Internet tools for deliberation
can truly deepen democracy -- in groups, communities, and societies --and,
if so, how. But work on these topics is spread over many and diverse
disciplines: computer science, the social sciences, education, law, public
policy, philosophy, social work, and information science, just to name a
few. It involves scholars, designers, and practitioners from all over the
world. This conference, like the one at CMU in 2003, is an attempt to
bring these perspectives together so that we can all widen our horizons.

The focus of the conference is not the Internet, society, and politics
generally, but rather work that is especially related to online
deliberation tools and their use. "Deliberation" denotes "thoughtful,
careful, or lengthy consideration" by individuals, and "formal discussion
and debate" in groups (Collins English Dictionary, 1979). We are therefore
primarily interested in online communication that is reasoned, purposeful,
and interactive, but the power and predominance of other influences on
political decisions (e.g. mass media, appeals to emotion and authority,
and snap judgements) obviously make them relevant to the prospects for
deliberative e-democracy. Topics such as technology policy and social
networks are of interest, but proposals around such topics for this
conference should relate them to online deliberation.

For information about submitting proposals

For more information, consult the conference website:


PDC 2004 Proceedings, Volume I are posted at


CPSR Board member Paul Hyland represented CPSR at a roundtable
on Jan. 24 held by the US Election Assistance Commission, at which
they asked representatives of independent organizations to provide them
with feedback on their impressions of the 2004 election and
recommendations for the Commission to consider during the time
remaining to implement the Help America Vote Act (through 2006).
Paul presented remarks prepared by Voting Technology Working
Group Chair Erik Nilsson, in which we stated that there are serious
problems with DRE (touchscreen) voting machines, and that better,
more mature election technologies exist today - particularly optically-
scanned paper ballots.


Dear CPSR:

I am an Assistant Professor teaching political communication at the
University of Washington in Seattle. Your election data page
inspired my undergrad Technology and Politics class to build a
website, ( ), and do their own
investigative research.  . . The team's final product is a study about
error rates in elections. The class made use of the data you
graciously post on your page, and they asked me to write and say
thank you.

The white paper is starting to get press pickup, and we'll happily
pass credit on to you. Feel free to forward this as far and wide as
you'd like.

Dr. Philip N. Howard
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication



PRIVATERRA NEWS from Robert Guerra

I wanted to take this opportunity to inform the CPSR membership
about a couple of new on-line resources Privaterra now has:

1. New website -

Privaterra has been quietly working on migrating to Midgard,
a much more modern content management system (CMS) than the
one we were using before. After months of planning and tests,
I'm happy to inform you that a much improved, much cleaner and
easier to read website is now online and available at the following

It's still very basic, but it's hoped that by the end of January
the new site  will have most, if not all of the content and
materials that were present on the "old" site.

2. New Blog!

As well, Privaterra also has a new blog where we'll be
posting a sort of ongoing diary related to work that we are
doing. The blog is also RSS enabled, which means we'll be
able to syndicate our feed to other sites and blog aggregators

Blog URL -
RSS Feed @


A separate section of the Privaterra site has been created to
document and details CPSR's & Privaterra  involvement in
the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
It's address is as follows:

There's a blog as well! It's address is -

4. More regular updates.

The transition to the new site was done primarily to be able to
more easily, and more regularly post news about the work and
projects we are involved in that help provide education, training
and tools to Human Rights defenders worldwide.

Do watch your mailbox for our first newsletter that will be
published in the next week.

Robert Guerra <rguerra(a)>
Managing Director, Privaterra
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tel: +1 416 893 0377
Fax: +1 416 893 0374


Lisa Smith of the DC Chapter attended the EPIC Privacy Roundtable
on Jan. 20-22, and served on a panel covering New Technologies and
Privacy representing CPSR.  She presented privacy analyses prepared
by CPSR covering emerging technologies including Biometrics; cell
phones, Bluetooth and GPS;  RFID; and voter records.


News from Members

CPSR seeks to foster community among its members at two levels:
among people with particular shared interests (e.g. through our
working groups) or in the same region (e.g. through our chapters),
and among the membership as a whole.  You can help to promote this
objective  and make CPSR a more vibrant organization by using this
regular section of the Compiler to inform CPSR members of your
relevant activities since the last issue. If you have been publishing,
speaking at meetings, organizing/participating in campaigns, or engaging
in some other intellectual or advocacy work directly related to CPSR's
mission, please tell us about it! Send a brief mention, with a URL and/or
email for members to find out more, to, by the 10th day
of the month, for consideration.

Bill Drake
Published "ICT Global Governance and the Public Interest:
Transactions and Content Issues."
Working paper for the Social
Science Research Council's Research Network on IT and
Governance, 2004.

Published "ICT Global Governance and the Public Interest:
Infrastructure Issues." 
Working paper for the Social Science
Research Council's Research Network on IT and Governance, 2004.

Received a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
Foundation to write a book on the transformation of the global
communications order.

Gave a presentation on, "Global Electronic Trade Issues in WSIS
and the WTO," at the WSIS Thematic Meeting on, Economic and
Social Implications of ICT, Antigua, Guatemala; January 17-19, 2005.

Participated in a planning meeting for the United Nations'
proposed ICT global alliance, New York City; January 14, 2005.

Gave a presentation on, "Analytical Framework of the WSIS
Initiative," at the Expert Workshop on Information and
Communication Technologies for Peace (ICT4P), Geneva;
December 14-15, 2004.

Participated in the first meeting of the United Nations Working
Group on Internet Governance, Geneva; November 23-25, 2004.

Gave a presentation on, "Conceptualizing an 'All Enabling
Environment,'" at the Seventh Meeting of the UN ICT Task Force's
Global Forum on Promoting an Enabling Environment For Digital
Development, Berlin; November 19-20, 2004.

Gave a presentation on, "Promoting Inclusive Participation in
ICT Global Governance," to Working Group 1 on Governance
and Policy at the Seventh Meeting of the UN ICT Task Force,
Berlin; November 19-20, 2004.

Gave a presentation on, "The WSIS ICT4P Initiative,"
presentation in the WSIS Workshop at, Security: The Common
Denominator for Connectivity, Saint Paul de Vence, France;
November 3-7, 2004.

Chaired CPSR's annual conference, Making the Grade?:
A Report Card on US Policy and the Information Society,
Annual Conference of Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility, Georgetown University, Washington,D.C.;
October 16-17, 2004.


Will Wallace received a United Nations Online Volunteer of
the Year 2004 award, one of ten world-wide. Will is the Vice
President of Information Technology at RESPECT International
( a non-profit organization
headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. RESPECT's
(Refugee Education Sponsorship Program: Enhancing Communities
Together) mission is to increase awareness of refugee issues among
youth through a global letter exchange program creating pen-pal
elationships between refugee and non-refugee students.
See more.


Christian Sandvig co-authored Hidden Interfaces to "Ownerless"
Networks.  An article, based upon it, "Shan't!; Wireless broadband,"
appeared in the January 8th Economist.


Workshop Call for Papers.
Quality Value(s) and Choice: Exploring Deeper Outcomes for HCI Products

At CHI 2005,  Portland, Oregon

Ann Light (Usability News)
Peter J Wild (University of Bath)
Andy Dearden (Sheffield Hallam University)
Michael Muller (IBM Research)

The Topic:
This workshop grows out of issues raised at the HCI2004 panel
on "Values in HCI".  In that panel, a tension was raised between
dispassionately providing support to the design of products and
services, regardless of the intended use, and the social
responsibility of the scientist. Consequently, both personal
values and the value that good analysis can bring to design were
discussed. The technical challenges of HCI are great. However,
it is a reasonable assertion that many members of the HCI
community feel a need to do good for the world.  But what kind
of "good", and in whose definition of "the world"?  We feel that
this implicit motivation has receivedtoo little explicit attention with
HCI.  This workshop will give centre stage to values: both the
values that motivate the direction of our work and the value that we
seek to deliver.

Contact: mullerm(a)


For the second time in 2005, Prix Ars Electronica will honor important
achievements by digital communities. This category focuses attention on
the wide-ranging social impact of the Internet as well as on the latest
developments in the fields of social software, mobile communications and
wireless networks.

The "Digital Communities" category is open to political, social, and
cultural projects, initiatives, groups, and scenes from all over the
world utilizing digital technology to better society and assume social
responsibility. It is meant to recognize the initiators and propagators
of these communities as well as the developers of the relevant
technologies, and to honor those whose work contributes to the
establishment and proliferation of Digital Communities as well as
provide understanding and research into them.

The prizes in this category will total 20,000 Euros: one Golden Nica
(10,000 Euro), two Awards of Distinction (5,000 Euros each) and up to 12
Honorary Mentions. Deadline for submissions: March 11, 2005

CPSR Director, Desiree Miloshevic, said:  "At CPSR we are
delighted to support the Digital Communities category at Prix
Ars Electronica 2005.  The Digital Communities is the great
initiative and is fostering socially responsible IT projects.
We hope that we see more of such initiatives."

Online submission:


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