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Please call CPSR immediately at +1 650-322-3778 if you sent
a nomination statement and did not hear from us.  Some emails
are not getting through to  We want to be sure to not
have missed any.

To allow time for possible lost nominations to surface, the election
timeline has been changed. The new deadline for submitting
candidate nominations is March 28th. Ballots will be mailed to all
members who were members in good standing as of March 14th,
with postal addresses on file, by April 11. Ballots must be
postmarked back to the CPSR office no later than Monday,
May 23, 2005.

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

Ballots will be counted June 23, 2005.


On a related note, we would appreciate help in restoring reliable
email communication.



Erik Nilsson was appointed a Director-at-Large by the Board of
Directors on January 31st to serve until June 30, 2006.



Be part of our Content Management System Group!

New content is now regularly being added to the site, so please
visit when you can.

Issues and Working Groups

Thanks to Lisa Smith, the Privacy section of the CPSR web site
is now up and running, with new and old content at
http:/  Members of the Privacy
Working Group can collaborate in the web section development
via its "cpsr-privacy" email list.  To subscribe, use
Any member subscribed to "cpsr-privacy" can submit news and
information for consideration to cpsr-privacy(a)
The Group needs a Chair.

We now have templates that can be used to organize each Issue
and Working Group section, similar to the Privacy section.
We hope to launch new, improved versions of other sections soon,
but we need help.

The "Technology and Ethics" and "Voting Technology" sections
are to be next. As Lisa did for the Privacy section, we need people
for these issues, who can help us identify the major subtopics and
content, contribute new content, and integrate old content from the
previous site. We also need an Issues Manager for each section.
We can team up Working Group members, who do not want to
work with the technical aspects of the website, with members who
do. The technically inclined should contact Nancy Brigham
nbrigham(a) and copy  cpsr(a)

Members of the the Voting Technology Working Group can
collaborate in the web section development via its "vote-wg"
email list . To subscribe use,
Any member subscribed to "vote-wg" can submit news and
information for consideration to vote-wg(a)
Erik Nilsson is the Chair.  The Group's previous site is at

Members of the Technology and Ethics Working Group need
a Chair, and an online way to work together. The Group's
previous website section is at
For now, contact Nancy Brigham nbrigham(a) and copy

You can see a list of other sections of Issues and Working Groups
If you are interested in helping us integrate old content from the
previous site, update and/or revive any of these, please contact
Nancy Brigham nbrigham(a) and copy cpsr(a)


We also invite all chapters to put your news and information on
the web site and to use its CMS for collaborative information-
sharing. The Japan chapter has already gone online at

If you are interested in helping us update and/or revive your
Chapter, or others,  please contact Nancy Brigham
nbrigham(a) and copy  cpsr(a)


Previous Website

You can now review anything from the previous site (without
frames) by going to or adding
"/prevsite/" into the URL you want to access. For example, a
page that was formerly at is
now available at
If there is content in that section that you think should be moved to
the current site or that you are interested in updating for the current
site, let Nancy Brigham know. It is now also easy to create redirects
from the old URLs, so if you are using URLs for old pages for
which you want automatic redirects, let us know.

We have several volunteers for beta testing, and will start that process
soon. If you would like to be a beta tester for the member section and
features of the site, contact contact Nancy Brigham
nbrigham(a) and copy  cpsr(a)


CPSR's 2004-05 Essay Contest

Students can be published and win awards in CPSR's Essay
Contest !

CPSR is looking for papers that will advance its work
within its Working Groups and interests:

Participating students and faculty may join or renew their
memberships in CPSR for one year for $15 and $25,

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2005.

The Essay Contest guidelines are at

Last year's Essay Contest Winners are posted via


Congratulations to our 2003-04 Essay Contest Winners.

$200 Prize for the Best Student Essay

Jim MacAulay - Pennsylvania State University
"E-voting: A Trail of Money, Lies and Deceit"

$100 Winners

Chris Perryea - University of Washington - Tacoma
"Software's IP Crisis"

Steven R. Lovaas - Norwich University
"Ethical Decision-Making in the Development, Communication and
Enforcement of Information Security Policy"

We received 21 essays, from 12 colleges and universities, from
13 U.S. States and Territories, and Canada and Europe, sponsored
by 12 professors (6 are CPSR members).

Thanks to the 16 CPSR members who helped judge the Contest.

Who would like to help in June ?  If you are interested, please
write to cpsr(a) with the subject "Essay Reviewer",
and let us know your expertise or interest.



A brief meeting of CPSR/Chicago -- the Chicago chapter of Computer
Professionals for Social Responsibiity -- will be held on

  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2005   at  5:30pm
  Beef and Brandy Restaurant
  127 S State St, Chicago
    (go downstairs at the front entrance, and then to the back room)
    (plan to eat dinner during the meeting too)

The meeting will be followed by a public program (see below).
For information about the meeting, contact cpsr-chicago(a)
  (also let us know if you can attend the meeting, so we can arrange
   enough space)


  a presentation and discussion of privacy and security technology,
  technological education and support for nonprofits (NGOs)

     Wednesday, March 23, 2005
     DePaul Law School, Room 803
     25 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago

CPSR/Chicago brings a presentation and discussion of

          -- privacy  and security for nonprofits using the internet

Nonprofits are increasingly using technology as an integral tool in
capturing, producing and communicating a wide array of information.
Unfortunately, the enormous potential of these technologies coincides
with greater risk. Not only is there an upsurge in surveillance and
interception of online communications by many governments; users are also plagued by an explosion in computer viruses, unsolicited junk
mail (spam) and other threats to their online privacy. In fact, it is
precisely as nonprofits become more dependent on using technology in their work that they are at their most vulnerable.

Robert Guerra will talk about Privaterra's recent work -- implementing
privacy and security technology, technological education and support
in central and southern America, central Asia and central Africa. He
will also present details of a new project whose aim it is to produce
a guide for Human Rights Organizations of existing privacy enhancing
technologies could be be used to secure communications and protect


Robert Guerra is a leading privacy advocate based in Toronto, Canada.
He is presently the managing director of Privaterra, a non for profit
organization that works with Human Rights NGOs to help them improve
their information privacy and security practices. Privaterra has
recently assisted groups in South and Central America, South Africa,
and Central Asia. Robert is active within the international electronic
privacy community, sitting on the board of Computer Professionals for
Social Responsibility (CPSR) and the program committee of the
preeminent conference, "Computers, Freedom, Privacy". He has also been
actively involved in all key meetings of the preparatory process of
the UN World Summit on the Information Society, including as a
panelist at the Pan European and Latin American Regional Meeting, and
as Civil Society advisor to the Canadian delegation at several of the
preparatory conferences.

See also:



EPIC, in association with CPSR-Peru, will launch the Spanish
translation edition of "Privacy & Human Rights, an international
survey of privacy laws and developments", for Spain and Latin
American countries, to be released around June 2005.

Pedro Mendiz¡bal, CPSR-Peru President, will attend the Computers,
Freedom and Privacy - CFP2005.  In this conference Mendiz¡bal
will speak at the International Copyright Law Tutorial that will
present an international survey of recent changes to digital copyright
law, moderated by Robin Gross, Executive Director of IPJustice.
Mendiz¡bal will talk about the FTA treaty negotiations between US
and Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, how legislatations are handling
digital copyright questions, treatment of Peer-2-Peer, file-sharing and
anti-circumvention laws.

Pedro Mendiz¡bal, CPSR-Peru President, and Katitza Rodri­guez,
Director of CPSR-Peru were accreddited as part of the Electronic
Frontier Foundation Delegation to attend the next WIPO Intersessional
Intergovernmental Meetings on the development agenda. EFF has
the permanent observer status that is need it to attend this meeting.
According to WIPO, this meeting is open to all NGO's with
permanent observer status.  See more about the discussion of
accredditation on WIPO at:

Katherine Cieza, CPSR-Peru Director, have requested an
accreditation as ad hoc observers of the Eighth Round of
negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement between the Andean
Countries (Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) and the US, to be held
here in Lima, since April 18, 2005


PALO ALTO CHAPTER members met on March 10th for pizza and
conversation, as well as hearing

* Jeff Johnson's presentation on his experince of helping to design
The Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS).

* A proposal being floated for the 2005 CPSR Annual Weekend
in October in the San Francisco Bay Area.

* Q&A about running for the CPSR Board of Director
Elections .


We want to facilitate more interaction among members.
If  you'd like to propose a date, time, place, and/or program/agenda
for members to meet in your area, please send suggestions to



The Public Sphere Project has much to report this month. First, we
wantedto remind everybody that the "Second Conference on Online
Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice / DIAC 2005" will take
place on the Stanford University campus on the Stanford University
campus May 20 - 22. The conference will bring together software
developers, social science researchers, and practitioners of online
deliberation for three days of presentations and workshops. We plan to
discuss the possibility of a new society for online deliberation with
an international membership, to support cross-disciplinary scholarship,
principled design, and informed practice in the use of online
environments for group deliberation and democratic participation. This
conference is 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).  The DIAC symposia
which was launched by CPSR/Seattle in 1987 is one of the oldest
conference series devoted to the social implications of computer technology.

Doug Schuler will be presenting on the e-Liberate system for online
deliberation (using Roberts Rules of Order) this May at DIAC-05 and
this June in Milan, Italy and Graz, Austria. We continue to get queries
about e-Liberate, including many from people requesting the code.
Although we will be releasing the code under some type of free/open
source license, we want to use the system to convene some "real"
meetings before we release it.  Hopefully this will help uncover any
problems with functionality, Roberts Rules implementation, or the user

In February, Doug attended the "Strategic Uses of Information and
Communication Technology for Communities Conference" conference
in Vancouver, British Columbia and participated in two events. The first was a panel discussion on " Community Informatics Research:  A Support
to Practice: Community Networking Practice: A Support to Research" with Andrew Clement, Michael Gurstein, Michel Menou and Sergei Stafeev. The second was a workshop entitled "Using Civic Intelligence to Diagnose and Design Community Networks." In this workshop Doug presented the first draft on a questionnaire that is designed to help social change organizations "self-consult" using ideas from the Civic Intelligence perspective that the Public Sphere Project is exploring. There was
considerable interest in this and we hope to introduce a new version of this within the next few weeks.

Although the general consensus among Canadians at the conference
seemed to be that the government could do a lot more, it was heartening to see a national government taking issues like access to the Internet for disadvantaged populations seriously.  It was also very encouraging to see the prominent role of First Nations people in the conference.
Indeed, the first day was devoted to " ?What if? First Nations
Technology Conference."

There has been considerable progress lately within the Liberating
Voices! Pattern Language project.  Many patterns were updated this
month and the first draft of the "World Citizen Parliament" pattern,
based on the work of Richard Falk and Andrew Strauss, was submitted.
Our recent work focuses on creating the "final"  language and several
patterns which illustrate what a finished pattern  looks like are now
available.  (Look for links to Civic Intelligence,  Indigenous Media,
Memory And Responsibility, Participatory Design,  Power Research,
and Shared Vision  at
Also --behind the  scenes -- we are continuing work on the technological undergirding for  pattern editing, rearranging, reviewing, presenting and



CPSR signed onto the ACLU's Coalition Letter Urging Congress
To Oppose HR 418, "The REAL ID" Bill, which would allow the
broad sharing of information about drivers and move us closer to
requiring an "internal passport."

CPSR supports lawsuits in Riverside and Berkeley, California
calling for review of DRE voting machine materials.

Members of The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
were invited to write a one page paper on what Congress needs to
know about RFID. CPSR responded with a statement about the need
to build privacy protection into the technology as it is developed and
to ensure management practices that safeguard consumer privacy.


PrivacyTechNewsWorld quoted Karen Coyle, spokesperson for
CPSR, extensively in "Groups Claim Amazon Patent Targets Kids"


CPSR Board Secretary, Desiree Miloshevic, represented CPSR
at the Democracy, Terrorism and Security conference in Madrid,
March 8-11. Recommendations of the working group on Democracy
Terrorism and Open Internet
are online.


Bill Drake participated in the second meeting of the United Nations
Working Group on Internet Governance, Geneva, February 14-18.

Bill Drake participated in the second preparatory commitee meeting
for the World Summit on the Information Society and co-chaired
side events on the ICT4Peace initiative and civil society-private
sector dialogue, Geneva, February 17-25.

Bill Drake participated in ICT4Peace planning meetings at the
German and Swiss missions to the United Nations in New York City
and at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., March 2-4.


The Association for Women in Computing Offering Scholarships

The (AWC) is offering three $1500  scholarships through the
AWC Scholarship Fund for Women in Computing, administered
by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Eligible
applicants are full- or part-time female students enrolled in a college
or university in the State of Michigan pursuing a Computer Science
or  Technology-related degree.  Scholarship recipients will be
honored at  AWC's annual Gala to be held Nov. 5, 2005, at
The Fairlane Club in  Dearborn, Mich.  The scholarship deadline
is Apr. 1, 2005. See


My apologies if I overlooked any entries for this 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)

The CPSR Compiler is a monthly notice with short updates on recent
activities of our members and opportunities to engage in the development
of the public voice through CPSR projects.

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CPSR provides a discussion and project space where individuals can
contribute to the public debate and design of our global digital future.
Through CPSR's chapters and working groups, members focus on
regional and civic issues developing the public voice. To insure a
democratic future in a time of intense globalization, the voice of the
public must command a prominent position on the world stage.
CPSR frames and channels the public voice.

When in doubt about how to get more out of your CPSR membership,
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To get involved in policy work through CPSR, consider joining one of
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or contact cpsr(a) about starting a new one.

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