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Saturday, October 29
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     and     2:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street (between University and Hamilton)
Palo Alto, CA, USA

The Meeting is an opportunity for members to meet with
the Board and a newly formed Advisory Council*, face-to-
face, for an extended discussion focusing intensively on
the state of CPSR and a Strategic Plan. The Board wants
members to be involved in planning our future direction
and prospects. By the way, at a Members' Meeting, The
CPSR ByLaws state that, "Ten percent (10%) of the members
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business
at a meeting of the members."

CPSR's core asset---the interest and active engagement of
its membership---seems  to be waning, and there is a real
need for some fresh thinking about the organization's future
direction and prospects.

We strongly encourage members to attend the Members Meeting,
if possible.  Your participation is really crucial, as we
need to think seriously and potentially make some hard
decisions about the future of CPSR.  This could prove to be
a key turning point in the history of the organization.

The bottom line is that CPSR faces some serious challenges going
forward, and we need to have a collective conversation about what
we want to make of this organization. This is long overdue.
Whether CPSR should continue down its current path, strike out
in new institutional and programmatic directions, or do something
else, is up to all of us.  It's our organization, so let's talk
about what we want it to be.

*Attending Board Members:
Bill Drake – President , Todd Davies- Vice President, John Dwyer
– Treasurer, Nancy Brigham, Robert Guerra, Paul Hyland, Joi Ito,
Erik Nilsson

*Attending Advisory Council Members:
Karen Coyle, Jeff Johnson, Aki Namioka, Andy Oram, Doug
Schuler, Coralee Whitcomb, Terry Winograd

Free Registration.

To reserve a seat, use

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Saturday, October 29
5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Cafe Fino, 544 Emerson, Palo Alto, CA

CPSR is awarding its 2005 award for professional and social
responsibility in computing to Douglas Engelbart for being a
pioneer of human-computer interface technology, inventor of
the mouse, and social-impact visionary.

Register for the very limited number of remaining spaces via . Registration rates after
Saturday, October 22, IF there is space available, will be
significantly higher.

Read about the Wiener Award, Past Winners, Douglas Engelbart,
and Norbert Wiener via

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Members with webiste accounts will be able to access the PDF
of the Draft Strategic Plan, probably as of Monday the 24th.
The ability to comment, will follow and be available until
November 30th, 2005.

Directions for requesting a CPSR web account to be able to see
and comment upon the Draft Strategic Plan were emailed to
members on October 17th. If you need them resent, write to
webmaster(a) .

In addition, the draft will be discussed at the Members Meeting in
Palo Alto on October 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00-5:30 p.m.
Board and AC members will participate in the Members Meeting
discussion, which will be very informal, open, frank, and focused---
in short, collective brainstorming among peers.

To access the Draft Strategic Plan, you must first log in.
Then you can get to

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In addition to participating in the online discussion
of the Draft Strategic Plan, and attending the Members
Meeting, all members are encouraged to send proposals
for face-to-face local meetings from October 19 until
the end of the discussion period to discuss the Draft
Strategic Plan, and to pass along their comments to be
included before, at the Annual Members Meeting in Palo
Alto on October 29th, and until the final version is written.

When you have an idea(s) for where and when you'd like to
propose meeting with fellow CPSR members in your area,
please contact cpsr(a) to send a meeting invitation out.

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Thanks to CPSR-Peru's work, CPSR has been admitted as a
permanent observer at WIPO.

Once an international non-governmental organization is admitted
to attend, as an observer, the meetings of the Assemblies of
the Member States of WIPO, it is also invited to attend, as
an observer, meetings of committees, working groups, or other
bodies subsidiary to the Assemblies, if their subject matter
seems to be of direct interest to that organization.

Pedro Mendizábal Simonetti

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What changes have affected copyright with the explosion of
the digital format? What exactly are technological protection
measures? Is library lending of audiovisual works lawful?
What facilities are provided for in Peruvian Law to change
formats and supports for old works?  Is peer-to-peer legal?
Do samplers, DJs and remixers infringe regulations on copyright?
Are ISPs responsible for the content circulated by their users?
When does a software developer overstep the boundaries of the
law?  When can an author protect and creatively administrate
their rights?  What exactly is a private copy?

These and other questions formed the basis for debate and
reflection on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October at the
conference, "Copyright: new themes in the digital environment",
organized by CPSR-Peru and Electronic Frontier Foundation

There was also a pre-announcement of Creative Commons Peru
licenses. In Peru, CPSR-Peru is the host institution of
Creative Commons project.

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Trento, Italy, July 31- August 5, 2006

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

Participatory design (PD) is a diverse collection of principles
and practices aimed at making technologies and social institutions
more responsive to human needs. A central tenet of PD is the direct
involvement of people in the co-design of the systems they use.
The PD Conferences have been held every two years since 1990.

The theme of the 2006 conference, Expanding Boundaries in Design,
focuses attention on the multiple contexts in which design takes
place and on an expanding range of possible design outcomes. While
participatory design principles and practices are most often applied
to the design of technical systems and artefacts, increasingly there
is both the need and the opportunity to focus PD approaches on other
domains, such as physical environments, organizational practices, and
IT-enabled services. Likewise, the contexts in which PD is practiced
has grown to include teams of globally distributed designers and
practitioners; actor networks that span organizational, expertise,
cultural and linguistic difference; and activity areas beyond the
workplace, such as domestic and leisure. Finally, PD has a
significant role to play at various stages of design, from initial
concept development, to system configuration, to implementation,
to integration within the context of use, and ultimately to ongoing
design in use. This year's theme recognizes that we have an
opportunity to expand our community, our design focus and the
sites for action by bringing the principles of informed participation
and social good to an even wider audience.

The upcoming conference will bring together a multidisciplinary
and international group of researchers, software developers, social
scientists, designers, activists, practitioners, users, citizens,
cultural workers and managers who adopt distinctively participatory
approaches in the design of artefacts, systems, services,
environments and technologies.

We are inviting submissions for a diverse set of session and
contribution types.

Research Papers: (maximum 10 pages) Research papers should
report on completed research which furthers topics in Participatory
Design.Research papers will be published in the ACM International
Conference series

Exploratory papers: (maximum 4 pages) Exploratory papers should
present ideas that could benefit from discussion with members of
the PD community. These papers may include work-in-progress,
experiences of reflective practitioners, and first drafts of novel
concepts and approaches.

Interactive workshops: (2 page proposal) Half day and full day
sessions on topics that include methods, practices, and other areas
of interest and that support an interactive format where active
participation beyond presentation is solicited. Workshops will take
place on August 1 before the start of the paper sessions.

Tutorials: (2 page proposal) Half day and full day sessions for
teaching conceptual frameworks, methods/techniques, and novel
approaches. The tutorials will take place on July 31 before the
start of the paper sessions.

Doctoral consortium: (2 page proposal) Full day session taking
place on August 1 before the start of the paper sessions.

Art installations: Artists/designers working in the field of visual,
installation, and performative arts are invited to submit a project
that explores how participant's interactions can become part of a
piece of art or performance. This session will be held at MART -
Museo d'arte contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto.

Deadline for Submissions (all contribution types): January 16, 2006


Conference chairs (chairs(a)
Gianni Jacucci, University of Trento, Italy
Finn Kensing, The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Program chairs (pc(a)
Jeanette Blomberg, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
Ina Wagner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Workshops (workshops(a)
David Hakken, Indiana University, USA
Eva Hornecker, University of Bremen, Germany

Tutorials (tutorials(a)
Monika Büscher, Lancaster University, UK
Volker Wulf, Fraunhofer-FIT and Technical University of Chemnitz,

Doctorial consortium (phd(a)
Jesper Simonsen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Toni Robertson, University of Technology Sidney, Australia

Panels (panels(a)
Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo, Norway
Andy Dearden, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Art track (art(a)
Bo Helgeson, Blekinge University of Technology, Sweden
Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Intitute for Information Technology, Finland
Giorgio Verzotti, MART, Italy Debra Cash, New Century Enterprises, USA
Leah Lievrouw, University of California, USA

Exploratory work (exploratory(a)
Ellen Balka, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sussex University, UK

Organizing Committee (info(a)
Vincenzo D'Andrea, University of Trento, Italy

Artful integration award
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK
Thomas Herrmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Thomas Binder, Center for Designforskning, Denmark
Eva Brandt, Danmarks Designskole, Denmark
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada
Fiorella De Cindio, University of Milano, Italy
Pelle Ehn, Malmö University, Sweden
Joan Greenbaum, City University of New York, USA
Judith Gregory, University of Oslo, Norway
Joachim Halse, The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Kim Halskov Madsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Thomas Hermann, University of Dortmund, Germany
Sarah Kuhn, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Per Linde, Malmö School of Art and Communication, Sweden
Peter Mambrey, GMD-FIT, Germany
Norberto Patrignani, Catholic University of Milano, Italy
Volkmar Pipek, IISI - International Institute for Socio-Informatics,
Rob Procter, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Doug Schuler, Evergreen State College, USA
Carla Simone, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Bettina Törpel, Technical University of Denmark
Randall Trigg, The Global Fund for Women, USA
Peter van den Besselaar, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and
Sciences, Netherlands
Jaakko Virkkunen. University of Helsinki, Finland


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Science, design and technology: pursuing an ethical agenda

Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR)
Architects and Engineers for Social Responsibility (AESR)
Joint Conference & AGMs 2005

Saturday 22nd October, 2005, 11am - 4.30pm
Friends House, Euston Road, London

With the global military budget passing a massive
$1,000,000,000,000 this year, while action to tackle climate
change and global poverty falls far short of that required,
this event will discuss how science, design and technology can
play a more ethical role in society. The speakers, each a
leading commentator in their field, will focus on issues such
as security and sustainable energy.

The conference is an opportunity for science, design and technology
professionals and policy-makers and the public to discuss these
important issues.


"From space weapons to basic human needs - technology and the
security agenda" Prof David Webb (Leeds Metropolitan University/ SGR)

"Nuclear power - they can't be serious!"
Prof Mark Whitby (Whitbybird Ltd/ AESR)

"The role of solar electricity in sustainable building"
Prof Keith Barnham (Imperial College, London/ SGR)


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World Usability Day,  November 3, 2005, in locations around the world

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Human Choice and Computers

We should be happy to have contributions from people who knew
Rob Kling.
Many thanks,
Jacques Berleur

International Federation for Information Processing
IFIP-TC9 "Relationship Between Computers and Society"

Seventh International Conference "Human Choice and Computers" (HCC7)
An International Conference in remembrance of Rob Kling

Social Informatics: An Information Society for All?

Nova Gorica (Slovenia), Gorizia (Italy)
September 21-23, 2006

Human choice and computers, Computers and Society, Social
Informatics, are terms referring to a similar preoccupation:
How is the human being and its societal environment kept in
the centre - How to build up an "Information Society for All"
[UNESCO, 2002], [eEurope, 2002] when developing our more
and more complex ICT (Information and Communication
Technology) systems?

Two main streams are proposed for discussion, the first one
related to the concept of "social informatics", its methodology,
its borders; the second related to its practice in different
fields, or linked to relevant issues.
Papers submission deadline December 15th, 2005:

Contact IFIP-TC9, HCC7 Chair of the IPC, Jacques Berleur

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Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security
July 12-14, 2006
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA

The 2006 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)
will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and
practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy.
The program will feature technical papers, a poster session, panels
and invited talks, discussion sessions, and in-depth sessions
(workshops and tutorials)

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Philosophy Of Computer Science

Track in: European conference on Computing And Philosophy
2006 (ECAP'06), NTNU, Trondheim, Norway 22-24 June 2006

Special issue on the Philosophy of Computer Science, MINDS
AND MACHINES (fall 2007 issue).

What is the philosophy of computer science (PCS)? We take
the PCS to be that branch of philosophy which is concerned
with the investigation of philosophical problems that arise
from within computer science. In particular, we welcome
investigations in questions in metaphysics, ontology and
epistemology that arise from knowledge gained in theoretical
computer science, software engineering, and software science.


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2nd CFP: Artificial Intelligence in Music and Art 2006

Special Track of the19th International FLAIRS Conference
Melbourne Beach, Florida, Florida, May 11-13, 2006

The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques in
the fields of Art and Music is a significant and captivating
research area. There is a growing interest in applications of
AI in visual arts, music, graphics, video, sound, architecture,
design of artifacts, and other creative endeavors.

This special track will provide an international forum for
researchers, scientists, and practitioners to present results
from on-going AI work in the fields of Music and Art. The
objective of this track is to foster the creation, refinement
and transfer of such ideas, and to promote their cross-fertilization
over all AI paradigms and relevant application

We invite original and unpublished contributions on AI applications
in the analysis, composition, generation, interpretation, performance,
evaluation, classification, and data mining of artifacts from various
creative endeavors and fields, such as visual art, graphics, video,
music, sounds, architecture, design of physical artifacts, sculpture,
literature, poetry, etc.
Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and included in
the FLAIRS 2006 conference proceedings, published by AAAI Press.

We invite research from all AI paradigms including symbolic,
statistical, connectionist, genetic, distributed, and hybrid
The track covers a wide range of AI techniques including (but not
limited to) cognitive modeling, data mining and classification, expert
systems, generative systems (A-life, chaos, fractals, L-systems),
grammars, fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, hidden Markov models,
intelligent agents, knowledge representation, knowledge-based systems,
machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks,
constraint satisfaction, perception, planning, reasoning and
and swarm intelligence.


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Compiler issue, and/or if any of your questions/requests
to me have not been answered. Please feel free to send
me reminders, maybe with the Subject beginning - "NUDGE".
Thanks, Susan   evoy(a)

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