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The CPSR Compiler - April 2006

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Turning Thoughts to Actions

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* CPSR Election Call
* New Board Member - Lauren Gelman
* Ford Foundation Grant Completed
* Minutes of CPSR Board Meetings Posted
* Voting Technology Working Group
* Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
* Basic Pilot Employment Verification System
* Patient Privacy Coalition
* Missile Fraud Accusations
* CPSR Minnesota
* CPSR Japan
* Public Sphere Project Update
* CPSR on Wikipedia
* Member News
* Opportunities/Recommendations
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### CPSR 2006 Election call ###

Included in this message:
    * Election this June
    * Send Nominations for CPSR Board by May 31
    * If you would like to run for election
    * Bylaws change recommended on number of directors
    * Duties of board members
    * Statements of candidacy
    * Ballots to be emailed out June 5
    * Experimental use of electronic voting
    * Electronic voting principles
    * For more information

Election this June

During June of 2006, CPSR will hold elections to fill between
four and six at-large seats on its Board of Directors. These will
all be for three-year terms.

All regularly elected positions take effect on July 1, 2006.

This election is an important turning point for CPSR, with more
than the usual number and officer positions expiring. Eight of the
twelve sitting directors have terms expiring on June 30, 2006.
Three of these are the President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.
The 2006-07 board will have the opportunity to chart a new
course on various points. Please consider running, and please
definitely do vote.

Send Nominations for CPSR Board by May 31

Nominations should be sent to, with the subject
"2006 Nomination", by 2300 UTC (4 p.m. Pacific Standard
daylight time) on May 31, 2006.

If you would like to run for election

To run for election, or vote, in CPSR's 2006 Board Elections
you must be a member in good standing on May 31st, 2006.

If you have never joined or have lapsed, join/renew using:

Bylaws change recommended on number of directors

This election will also include a supplementary ballot
proposition concerning a proposed change in the CPSR By-laws.

The current By-laws of CPSR (available at require that the board
have twelve Directors At-Large, who are elected by membership
or appointed by the board to fill mid-term vacancies of elected
directors, plus up to four Special Directors appointed by the board.
Currently CPSR has twelve Directors At-Large and no Special

The large number of board members, combined with their
geographic dispersion and CPSR's limited finances, has put
strains on the ability of the board to meet and conduct business
both in person and electronically, as well as on the CPSR budget.
It has also proved difficult to fill all of the elected board seats
with well-qualified members who have sufficient time to devote
to board duties.

The Board of Directors recommends the Board shall consist of
not less than eight nor more than fourteen Directors. Eight to ten
shall be elected as Directors at Large by the membership. The
Board of Directors shall have the power to expand the Board by
appointing up to four additional Directors, known as Special
Directors. The proposition requires member approval according
to Section 16.2 of the ByLaws,"Amendment By Directors",
because of it "changing the maximum or minimum number of
Directors or changing from a variable to a fixed number of
Directors (or vice versa)."

If the proposition is passed, and we have enough candidates,
then the top four to six candidates will join the Board. If the ballot
proposition is not passed, and we have enough candidates, the
top eight candidates will join the Board. The exact wording of
the ballot proposition will appear in the May issue of the Compiler.

Duties of Board members

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
* Speaking for CPSR on issues of public, legislative, or social
* 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

Statements of candidacy

Any CPSR member in good standing as of May 31st, 2006 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 include

* 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.

Ballots to be emailed out June 5

Ballots will be distributed via e-mail by June 5, using the address
on file as of June 1. Votes may be cast electronically by method(s)
designated by the Elections Committee.

The counting of ballots will take place on June 30th, 2006, the
election date.

Experimental use of electronic voting

CPSR has long opposed the use of electronic voting without a
paper audit trail for government elections. However, due to the
costs and logistical complexities of our traditional paper/postal
voting model and CPSR's current financial and staff constraints,
a majority of board members believe that we should try an e-vote
this year on an experimental basis. This was a difficult decision to
reach, including because we understand that some of CPSR's
members who have extensive expertise on voting technology
issues may have strong reservations about our conducting the
election online. Indeed, in light of this and other considerations,
two members of the board voted against doing so. Nevertheless,
preliminary dialogue with some of the most concerned members
has led the board majority to believe that the experiment could go
forward if accompanied by an appropriate disclaimer; that text is
below. We will assess the results of this experience to determine
whether to continue with online elections in future years, and
members views on this matter are very much welcomed. Please
consider registering to use the password protected Members Area
of the website if you have not done so already and share your
views in the designated space therein.

Electronic voting principles

CPSR does not endorse the use of electronic voting without a
paper audit trail for government elections, including municipal,
state, and national elections. As a nonprofit organization with a
small budget, however, we believe online voting is a cost-effective
way to encourage the greatest number of our members to vote.
Our choice reflects our belief that electronic voting without a paper
trail should only be used in an extremely limited context. This
limited context does not include political or government elections.

For more information

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 .

If you have never joined or have lapsed, join/renew using:

Signed, Desiree Miloshevic CPSR Board Secretary

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CPSR is delighted to announce that Lauren Gelman has joined
the Board of Directors. Lauren will serve out the remainder of
Sush Gupta's term, which expires June 30, and will then stand
for election to a regular three year term in the upcoming election
cycle. Lauren is the Associate Director of Stanford Law School's
Center for Internet and Society (CIS), where she writes and speaks
about the interaction of new technologies and the law, represents
clients in Internet litigation and advocacy matters, consults with
businesses on new technologies, and supervises students in the
Cyberlaw Clinic. She also teaches Law, Technology and Privacy
at the Law School and is an Adjunct Lecturer in Stanford's School
of Engineering. Her current research focuses on the legal
implications of technologies that increase citizens' opportunity to
participate online. Prior to joining CIS in 2002, she was Corporate
Counsel for RealNames Corporation. She also spent six years in
Washington, DC as the Public Policy Director for the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF), and as the Associate Director of Public
Policy for ACM, the largest association of computer scientists in the

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CPSR has completed its work enabled by a generous capacity
building grant from the Ford Foundation. Some of the more
important projects undertaken with the 2003- 2005 Ford grant

* Development of the new web site
* Board Development Retreat and related events held
   during the 2005 Annual Weekend in Palo Alto
* Establishment of the new Advisory Council
* Completion of the Strategic Organizational Assessment
* CPSR's first ever Financial Audit
* Move of our listservs and other email requirements to
   a commercial provider (in finalization)
* Creation of the new Working Paper series

CPSR is deeply grateful to the Ford Foundation for its
support of these and related efforts.

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Minutes of CPSR Board of Directors Meetings Posted

Minutes of the Board of Directors' meeting during the 2005
Annual Weekend in Palo Alto and of the Board's December
2005 teleconference have been posted in the Members' Section
of the website
[you must log in to access these documents].

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CPSR has been actively working with peer groups to
improve election security, even as the situation rapidly changes.

Erik Nilsson, The Voting Technology Working Group Chair,
notes that the US elections equipment and services industry, as
predicted, is imploding in the post-HAVA (Help America Vote
Act of 2002) money drought. According to credible reports from
the field, printed ballots are late, memory cards are failing at
astounding rates, and vendors are missing all kinds of deadlines,
reselling used equipment as new, showing up un-announced
to make "modifications" to equipment in service, and generally
behaving as if someone were chanting the Book of Revelations
in their ear. Oh, and some have already gone broke. The
resulting train wreck will once and for all demonstrate that
HAVA was hasty action that made elections worse rather than
better, again as we predicted.

CPSR Members can join the Voting Technology email
discussion via:

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CPSR, along with EPIC (The Electronic Privacy Information
Center) and other groups, objected to the EAC (The Election
Assistance Commission) changing a "final" document of the
Voluntary Voting System Guidelines posted on the EAC web
site on January 12, 2006, with another version of that document
after it was issued. We believe that the revised document fails to
accurately reflect the views expressed by many members of the
public on the draft voting standards." CPSR Voting Technology
Working Group Chair Erik Nilsson said, "The integrity of this
document is important, but the larger issue of the integrity of
government records is critical. Erasing and rewriting the official
past is a hallmark of totalitarian government. It is never
acceptable to a democracy."
January 12, 2006 draft :
Current EAC version of the document:

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CPSR recently signed on a letter opposing the expansion of the
Basic Pilot Employment Verification System as a threat to
American's privacy.  CPSR along with other organizations and
individuals urged Senators to "oppose Section 301 of both
Chairman Specter's Immigration Mark and S. 2454, the Securing
America's Border Act, introduced by Senator Frist.  This
legislation mandates the use of the Basic Pilot employment
verification database by all United States employers to verify the
work-eligibility of all current employees and all future hires.
The Chairman's Mark, S. 2454, and other similar proposals to
expand the Basic Pilot program present a grave threat to the
privacy of all Americans.  This expansion will lay the groundwork
for a national ID system, increase the threat of identity theft and
identity fraud, and it will encounter significant technical problems
that will cost many Americans their jobs."

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CPSR joined with the Patient Privacy Coalition, broad based-
coalition working to place ironclad patient privacy protections
at the core of legislation building an electronic health network
in urging the U.S. Congress to affirm patient control of access
to medical records in Health Information Technology legislation.

Read the coalition's letter to Congress:

Congress is moving rapidly to build a national electronic health
system to improve healthcare, reduce errors and save money.
Without ironclad privacy protections, this system will expose
your most personal information to a web of interests.

Make your voice heard today to control who sees and uses your
medical records by sending a message to your Congressman today.

Tell a friend about this campaign:

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"Researcher accuses GAO of missile fraud coverup"
by William J. Broad, New York Times
"The investigator said the agency ignored evidence that
contractors doctored data; the GAO rejects the allegation. . . .

The dispute over its reliability began a decade ago. Nira Schwartz,
a senior engineer in 1995 and 1996 at the military contractor TRW,
told her superiors that the company had falsified research findings
meant to help kill vehicles differentiate incoming warheads from
clouds of decoys.

In April 1996, Dr. Schwartz filed a suit under the False Claims Act,
 a federal law that allows heavy fines against contractors who lie
about their government work. TRW strongly denied her accusations.

She subsequently singled out the prototype kill vehicle's first flight
test, in June 1997, arguing that the contractors falsified data from it.
The flight cost $100 million."

Dr. Schwartz received CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award in 2001.


In reaction to the article, Roger Rydberg, CPSR Minnesota Chair,
wrote to his local Representative Ramstad asking "What are you
doing about this waste of tax payer money?" and wrote to CPSR
Minnesota Chapter's email list's subscribers saying "Star War
Fraud Continues!!!!!!! CPSR has fought to expose this white
elephant for decades! Call your Congressman!"

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Shinji Yamane reports:

CPSR/Japan had monthly casual lunch meeting on April 15th.

1. New chapter's board (announced at last CPSR Compiler) is
drafting year report including recent activities including some
lawsuits in Japan.

2. Japan chapter will held annual conference during this spring
and summer.

3. Chapter's experimental website
We are planning new website using Wiki or RSS technology.
Experimental server is provided by Sakiyama-san, Chapter's
vice president.

4. Recent Topics

CPSR President Bill Drake will come to Japan again in May.
CPSR/Japan will have a small members' meeting.

LSE(League for Software Engineers), Japanese EFF-like
Non-Profit Organization, was established in the last year
and had seminar successfully for several times. CPSR/Japan
has supported its activities since their former organization

Recent Japanese ISPs are preparing Japanese Internet Hotline
Center ( like INHOPE (Internet
Hotline Expert Network) in Europe. It shares information
between ISPs, Japanese Police department, and filtering software
vendors. Their information sharing policy may be conflicted with
INHOPE guideline. We continue to watch out.

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Public Sphere Project Update / April 24, 2006
Doug Schuler

Liberating Voices! Pattern Language Project

Just a brief update.  The deadline for the book is fast upon us and
the associate editors and I are scrambling to get a manuscript to
MIT Press.  We now have 330 patterns (many nearly complete
and many still "placeholders" -- alas!) in the "Pattern Pool". From
those we have tentatively earmarked about 115 patterns for the

New and updated patterns include: Networked and Nested
Knowledges and Collective Decision-Making: Harmony for Five
Voices (Valerie Brown), Illegitimate Theater: Perspectives for
Rethinking Performance (Mark Harrison), Community Networks
for Developing Countries (Kwasi Boakye-Akyeampong)
Transparency (John Adams and Doug Schuler), Global
Citizenship and Future Design (Doug Schuler), Socially Purposeful
Health Information and Real-World Bridge (Jenny Epstein), Citizen
Access to Simulations (Alan Borning), Online Community Service
Engine (Fiorella De Cindio and Leonardo Sonnante), Appreciative
Collaboration: Life, Heliotropism, and Imagining the Future
(Stewart Dutfield) and Revealing Patterns for New Languages
(Greg Paine) and Truth and Reconciliation: TRC Processes Can
Teach Communities (Helena Meyer-Knapp).

If you're interested in joining the listserve we'd
love to have you aboard.  And there are still lots of volunteer

& & &

Erik Nilsson updated the Wikipedia entry for CPSR

CPSR is a global organization promoting the responsible use of
computer technology. Founded in 1981, CPSR educates
policymakers and the public on a wide range of issues. CPSR
has incubated numerous projects such as Privaterra, the Public
Sphere Project, EPIC (the [[Electronic Privacy Information Center] ]),
the 21st Century Project, the Civil Society Project, and the CFP
([[Computers, Freedom and Privacy] ]) Conference.
Originally founded by U.S. computer scientists, CPSR now
has members in over 30 countries on six continents.

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Grady Booch, CPSR member, to receive the Stevens Award to
recognize his outstanding worldwide contributions to the literature
or practice of methods for software and systems development.
He will present "The Limits of Software" as the opening general
session of the joint services Systems and Software Technology
Conference (SSTC 2006), May 1st in Salt Lake City, UT.

SSTC conference
Grady Booch
More info
Stevens Award

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Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the
Celestial Jukebox
by Patrick Burkart and Tom McCourt

Patrick is a CPSR member and faculty member at Texas A&M
University, and Tom McCourt is faculty at Fordham University.

Digital Music Wars (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)explores the
interactions of customer relationship management and digital rights
management technologies in online music distribution portals. The
book also evaluates the impacts of these interpenetrating
technologies for consumer privacy, technical innovation, and
competitiveness in the changing music industry.

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Bill Drake:

Gave a presentation on, "Internet Governance in Transition: Trends,
Challenges, and the Global Debate," at the Telefonica Foundation,
Madrid; April 6, 2006.

and was interviewed in the newspapers Cinco Dias and El Pais.

Gave a presentation on, "Public Interest Considerations on Next
Generation Networks," at the International Telecommunication
Union workshop, What Rules for IP- Enabled Next Generation
Networks?, Geneva; March 23-24, 2006.

& & &

Robert Guerra, will represent CPSR and Privaterra at the upcoming
Symposium on Technologies for Social Action (e-STAS) being
held May 11-14 in Seville (Spain).

The aim of e-STAS is to promote, foster and adapt the use of ICT's
for social action. Further details available

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lists and contacts

How can ethically-minded science and engineering graduates stick
to their principles once they're thrown into the employment market?
Practical help is provided in a new booklet published . . .
by Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR).

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Agencies Not Protecting Privacy Rights, GAO Says
By Robert O'Harrow Jr.
Wednesday, April 5, 2006; Page A09

Government agencies that use private information services for
law enforcement, counterterrorism and other investigations often
do not follow federal rules to protect Americans' privacy,
according to a report . . . by the Government Accountability Office.

& & &

A Bit of a Quandary
by Joan Brunwasser, Voting Integrity Editor, OpEdNews
Is recommended as a clear and concise statement of the current
national situation with election integrity.

& & &

Telecommunication Policy Proposed by Congress Must
Recognize Internet Neutrality

"A broad based group of Internet consumers, content providers,
service, device and application companies that believe that unless
Congress acts, the Internet is at risk of losing the openness that
has made it an engine for phenomenal social and economic growth . .
[wrote] to urge that Congress take steps now to preserve this
fundamental underpinning of the Internet and to assure the Internet
remains a platform open to innovation and progress."

& & &

The national Italian newspaper "il manifesto" published an article
in which CPSR Member Norberto Patrignani introduced the
debate about network neutrality from a CPSR perspective

& & &

Technology industry's ethical challenges

Twenty-nine companies are analyzed in terms of positive and negative
news affecting their ethical reputation.

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When America exports censorship
by Xeni Jardin The New York Times
Friday, March 10, 2006

& & &

Resources in e-media policy reform and justice:

Fact Sheets on Media and Democracy

Consumer Voice for Communications Choice

The People's Guide to the Telecommunications Act of 2006:

Aspen Institute Conference on Telecommunications Policy:

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Privacy Journal's New and Updated Publications

2005 Supplement to "Compilation of State and Federal
Privacy Laws" (2002).

"Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity
From Plymouth Rock to the Internet"

"Directory of Privacy Professionals"

"RFID: Applications, Security, and Privacy"


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The ICANN Nominating Committee invites Statements of Interest
from the community as it seeks qualified candidates for the
following positions:

*   three members of the ICANN Board of Directors;
*   one member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting
     Organization (GNSO);
*   one member of the Council of the Country-Code Names
     Supporting Organization (ccNSO); and
*  two members of the At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).

Those individuals selected by the Nominating Committee will
have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues
from around the globe, address intriguing technical coordination
problems and related policy development challenges with diverse
functional, cultural, and geographic dimensions, and gain valuable
insights and experience from working across these boundaries of
knowledge, responsibility and perspective.

Additionally, those selected will gain the satisfaction of making
a valuable public service contribution. Placing the broad public
interest ahead of any particular interests, they will help ensure
the stability and security of the Internet for critically important
societal functions.

These voluntary positions are not remunerated, although direct
expenses incurred in the course of duty will be reimbursed. These
positions may involve significant international travel, including
personal presence at periodic ICANN meetings, as well as regular
telephone and Internet communications.

Candidates should be women and men with a high level of
qualifications and experience with an international outlook including
some familiarity with the Internet. They should be prepared to
contribute to the collective decision-making process among ICANN's
constituencies, supporting organizations and advisory bodies.

Selection criteria, eligibility factors, roles of each position,
application procedure, and contacts are posted at:


Applications will be handled confidentially and should be received by
16 July 2006 for full consideration. Selections will be made before
the end of October with service beginning at the close of ICANN's
General Meeting, 8 December 2006.

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CFP 2006 ˆ Computers, Freedom & Privacy, Washington, DC,
May 2-5. 

So far we know that Bill Drake, Barbara Simons, and Lillie Coney
are expected to speak, and Lauren Gelman and Paul Hyland will
be attending.CPSR members who will be attending should contact so that we can facilitate a meeting.

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Information Society: Governance, Ethics and Social
Consequences, Namur, BELGIUM, May 22-23, 2006. 

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Human Enhancement Technologies and Human Rights,
Stanford University, May 26-28, 2006.

Chris Gray, former Chair of CPSR's Weapons & Peace
Working Group, and Annalee Newitz, new CPSR Board member,
will be speaking.

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6th CIVICUS World Assembly - "Acting Together For A Just
World," Glasgow, SCOTLAND, June 21-25, 2006

This is a leading event for hundreds of civil society practitioners,
researchers, activists, concerned business leaders and government
representatives to discuss the important victories they have achieved
in strengthening citizen engagement and civil society world-wide,
and the critical challenges they and their societies are facing.

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IViR International Copyright Law Summer Course,
Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS, July 10-15, 2006.

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World Multi-conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and
Informatics: WMSCI 2006, Orlando, FL, July 16-19, 2006.

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Ethics of Human Interaction with Robotic, Bionic, and
AI Systems: Concepts and Policies ,Naples , ITALY,
October 17-18, 2006

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Rose Foundation Consumer Privacy Rights Fund Seeking


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The Global Junior Challenge is a global award promoted
by the Digital Youth Consortium, a non-profit organization founded
by the Municipality of Rome and six major ICT companies.
The intention of the award, dedicated to young people and to
schools, is to identify and reward best practices on the use of
new technologies in education and training of youngsters.

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The Technology, Society and Public Policy program at
Rice University is looking to hire a Baker Institute
Fellow (Postdoctoral research associate).

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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, contact or refer to the
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