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All News Items Watch CPSR'S annual conference on video

Created on February 18, 2008.

You can now view the complete conference proceedings on video. Links to the video, hosted by, are here:

All News Items CPSR/Japan VP comments on the illegal/harmful websites (Jan. 2008)

Created on January 26, 2008.

CPSR/Japan VP comments on the Japanese proposal on the regulation of illigal/harmful websites.

All News Items CPSR's 2008 Norbert Wiener Award given to Bruce Schneier

Created on January 24, 2008.


All News Items 2007 End of Year Campaign

Created on December 24, 2007.


All News Items Registration is now open for Technology in Wartime Conference

Created on November 10, 2007.

Visit the Technology in Wartime site to register:

All News Items Call for Participation - 2008 Participatory Design Conference

Created on October 27, 2007.

Experiences and Challenges -- September 30 – October 4, 2008 -- Bloomington, Indiana, USA

All News Items Economics of Identity Theft

Created on October 27, 2007.

New book by former CPSR Board member L. Jean Camp

All News Items Call for Papers - PSAI 2008

Created on October 27, 2007.

Workshop on Privacy and Security - Artificial Intelligence (PSAI 2008) Barcelona. Catalonia. Spain

All News Items OSCON/OSCAMP get together

Created on July 21, 2007.

Board member Todd Davies will be at OSCON/OSCamp in Portland from Tuesday afternoon July 23 through Thursday July 25, 2007

All News Items "Copyright Regime vs. Civil Liberties."

Created on July 13, 2007.

RICK FALKVINGE, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party and the international politicized pirate movement, talks about the rise and success of pirates, and why pirates are necessary in today's politics. He'll also outline the next steps in the pirates' strategy to change global copyright laws.

All News Items Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning >> Notice of Extended Deadline – April 30th <<

Created on April 18, 2007.

July 16-21, Rutgers University --- CSCL Workshop Announcement --- Note: Please register or express interest before April 30th—workshops with insufficient registration will be cancelled.

All News Items Think Outside the Bomb Conference - Call for Applications

Created on April 14, 2007.

Students interested in global security issues are invited to apply for the Think Outside the Bomb conference in Washington, D.C. The summit aims to encourage today’s young leaders to view the pursuit of nonproliferation and disarmament as the special mission of their generation.

All News Items eChicago symposium and a small gathering of CPSR activists

Created on April 14, 2007.

eChicago: Understanding and Implementing Local Community Use of Information Technology - A Dominican University GSLIS symposium - Doug Schuler is the keynote speaker on April 20 at this symposium organized by Kate Williams. The event is free and you are all invited.

All News Items 2006 Annual Appeal

Created on December 20, 2005.

CPSR Needs Your Support

All News Items CPSR supports Human Rights Day

Created on December 08, 2006.

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CPSR supports Human Rights Day.

All News Items Election Transparency Project

Created on November 05, 2006.

U.S. members of CPSR may be interested in participating in the Election Transparency Project that has been organized by and which is described on that organization's home page ( as follows:

All News Items Bay Area Free E-Waste Disposal/Recycling Events for September 2006

Created on August 25, 2006.

Electronic Waste Management, a Division of Acquisitions Office organizes free e-waste disposal events at local venues in September 2006. The effort is funded by California bills SB20 and SB50.

All News Items ALTER TEMPO

Created on August 10, 2006.

First Peruvian duet license its music under Creative Commons Peru licenses

All News Items Press Release

Created on July 21, 2006.

CPSR Announces 2006 New Board Members, Officers, and A Change of Address, and Clarifies Policy on Elections

All News Items VA Data Recovered Along With More Leaks

Created on July 03, 2006.

While the laptop that the VA lost, it has been discovered that there is a widespread atmosphere of carelessness with data and perhaps more is missing than we are aware of.

All News Items Legislating Network Neutrality - Necessary?

Created on June 24, 2006.

Video available

All News Items Phishing and Hacking go 2.0

Created on June 01, 2006.

In this latest extension of phishing, if bringing the mountain (or the phish) to Mohammed isn't working, try waiting for Mohammed to come to the mountain or in this case a person’s banking website. The website has been hacked and a redirect or rewritten links have been added that send the visitor off to pages that request personal information that the phisher uses to gain access to the person's banking and other financial records.

All News Items Veterans Data Theft

Created on May 26, 2006.

The news goes from bad to worse around the data theft from a Department of Veterans Affairs data analyst's home. What looked at first like a cover up is looking more like incompetence or simple lack of planning.

All News Items USA Today Reveals Massive NSA Database of Americans' Phone Calls

Created on May 12, 2006.

USA Today Reveals Massive NSA Database of Americans' Phone Calls. NSA secretly collecting phone information on calls made and assembling possibly the largest database ever made.

All News Items CPSR Elections: June 2006

Created on May 09, 2006.

We need your email!

All News Items Coalition

Created on May 02, 2006.

CPSR has signed on as one of the charter members of the Coalition.

All News Items Coalition for Patient Privacy

Created on April 11, 2006.

On 04/05/06, CPSR joined with 25 other organizations in the Coalition for Patient Privacy in sending a letter to Congress urging them to build a patient-centered healthcare system, with patient privacy rights as the core of the health IT system.

All News Items CPSR Opposes Expansion of Employment Verification

Created on March 31, 2006.

CPSR signs on to letter Opposing Expansion of the Basic Pilot Employment Verification System as a Threat to American’s Privacy

All News Items Voting Registration Database Study Available Now

Created on March 24, 2006.


All News Items Open Document Format Round Table Discussion

Created on March 24, 2006.

The beginning of a longer-term effort in which CPSR will play a role.

All News Items Call for Participation

Created on October 14, 2005.

2006 Participatory Design Conference -- Expanding Boundaries in Design -- Trento, Italy, July 31- August 5, 2006 --

All News Items Coalition Update

Created on March 08, 2006.

The coalition has increased to more than 500 organizations. Continue reading for the latest news

All News Items Bush to Sign the Patriot Act

Created on March 08, 2006.

After passing the House by the narrowest of margins the Patriot Act is on its way for President Bush's signature.

All News Items CPSR Joined Diverse Coalition to Fight AOL's Email Tax

Created on March 02, 2006.

AOL's pay-to-send system would hurt the Internet - stifling economic innovation, free speech and civic participation online. An unlikely coalition of more than 50 groups representing over 15 million people launched an unprecedented campaign to fight AOL's new pay-to-send email proposal.

All News Items Circumventor

Created on February 23, 2006.

Bennett Haselton was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) about a free product he makes available for web users within China to get around firewall issues, called Circumventor.

All News Items CPSR Signed Liberty Coalition's Open Statement on NSA Spying

Created on February 16, 2006.

CPSR signed a statement prepared by the Liberty Coalition criticizing recently-revealed warrantless surveillance of Americans by the NSA, and calling for Congressional hearings, a special counsel, and protections for whistleblowers who come forward in any such investigation.

All News Items The Ethics and Politics of Search Engines

Created on February 07, 2006.

A meeting taking place on February 27 in Santa Clara that includes our own venerable Terry Winograd.

All News Items Violence Against Women's Act Flawed Legislation

Created on January 13, 2006.

The Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized on January 5. While there is obviously a need for this type of legislation there are two sections in this bill that seriously infringe on our privacy and civil rights and should be addressed. Title X which increase FBI DNA collection abilities and the "Preventing Cyberstalking" section which by being overly broad and open to interpretation could end up having a chilling effect on free speech on blogs and other Internet postings.

All News Items Patriot Act Postponed

Created on December 22, 2005.

The Senate on 12/21/05 approved a six-month extension of the Patriot Act in the face of a successful filibuster by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.(Later changed to a one month extension)

All News Items 2005 Annual Appeal

Created on December 20, 2005.

CPSR Needs Your Support

All News Items Volusia County Dumps Paperless Electronic Voting

Created on December 16, 2005.


All News Items Patriot Act Passes House

Created on December 14, 2005.

The House voted 251-174 to approve a House-Senate compromise that would modify the Patriot Act and make permanent most of the 16 expiring provisions. We still need phone calls to stop this bad compromise from making its way through the Senate.

All News Items Senate May Invoke Cloture Rule to Block Filibuster

Created on December 12, 2005.

The showdown over the Patriot Act is happening now. This Week. And it may all play out on the floor of Congress.Senate leaders are expected to invoke the cloture rule, which would prohibit a filibuster on the vote. We need you to call your Senators right now and tell them to vote against cloture, support the filibuster and oppose any Patriot Act reauthorization bill that does not include real reforms.

All News Items Patriot Act Vote Nov 17

Created on November 17, 2005.

Calls to Congress Are Urgently Needed TODAY: White House tries to derail bipartisan negotiations on Patriot Act

All News Items Coalition Urges End to Commercial Database for Recruiting

Created on October 23, 2005.

Groups Say that Defense Department Effort Violates Federal Privacy Act

All News Items CPSR Opposes WIPO Broadcast Treaty Proposal

Created on October 23, 2005.

CPSR Signs Consumer Project on Technology Letter to Congress Opposing WIPO Broadcast Treaty Proposal and requesting formal comments.

All News Items CPSR Signs ACLU letter Supporting 132

Created on September 30, 2005.

CPSR signed the ACLU's letter urging that Senate Conferees agree to the House passed-version of the PATRIOT Act with respect to Section 132 of the House bill.

All News Items CPSR's 2005 Norbert Wiener Award to Douglas Engelbart

Created on September 19, 2005.

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility honors Douglas Engelbart, pioneer of human-computer interface technology, inventor of the mouse, and social-impact visionary, with its 2005 Norbert Wiener Award, October 29, 2005, in Palo Alto, CA, USA

All News Items WSIS PrepCom 3 Parallel Events on Internet Governance

Created on November 11, 2005.

The purpose of these events is to facilitate focused, open, multistakeholder discussions on two major issues that were discussed in the report of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) and are prominent on the WSIS agenda for PrepCom-3 and beyond: 1) the possible creation of a new Forum for Internet governance dialogue, monitoring, and analysis; and 2) the possible reform of the current arrangements for Oversight of the Internet’s core resources (e.g. the root zone file and ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee). All attendees are very much welcome to participate in these discussions.

All News Items Items up for Discussion at PrepCom3

Created on September 06, 2005.

By Robert Guerra -- 08/29/05 -- What's up for discussion at the upcoming WSIS preparatory meeting in Geneva (aka. PrepCom3)?

All News Items Negotiations and Decision Making at the UN

Created on September 06, 2005.

The current discussion on the WSIS plenary list prompted me to look for a NGLS publication that Ramin gave me at PrepCom 2 (Geneva phase).

All News Items Reactions to the WGIG Report

Created on September 06, 2005.

By Robert Guerra -- 08/22/05 -- I spent part of the weekend reading through the numerous written contributions that have been sent in response to the WGIG report.

All News Items Launch of the First Spanish version of "Privacy and Human Rights"

Created on August 22, 2005.

This conference will launch the first edition in Spanish of the annual Privacy & Human Rights report. Its objectives are also to provide a meeting for civil society representatives, academic experts and governmental authorities to analyze and debate current public policy issues and recent developments in privacy in Ibero-America.

All News Items Upcoming meetings related to the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

Created on August 19, 2005.

that CPSR will be attending.

All News Items Congress Could Expand the Patriot Act

Created on July 13, 2005.

The Patriot Act was passed, with almost no debate, just 45 days after 9/11. Some in congress now want to extend and expand those powers. There is a link to the ACLU's information page where you can write your congressman about this issue in this article.

All News Items Dell Introduces Desktops without Lead

Created on June 12, 2005.

Dell announces two new desktops that reduce lead used in production.

All News Items CPSR Signs EPIC's Comments Opposing DHS Database Exemptions

Created on May 19, 2005.

CPSR is one of more than 40 organizations signing comments in opposition to the proposed privacy exemptions for a new Homeland Security database. The exemptions would waive the legal requirements designed to protect individual privacy, promote government accountability and provide legislative oversight over government collection of data. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) extensive new database, The Homeland Security Operations Center Database, is to be exempt from section (g) of the Privacy Act of 1974, which would deny individuals the right to make certain that information maintained by the agency is correct. In addition, individuals will be denied judicial review of DHS's determinations.

All News Items CPSR on "Friend of Court" Brief in Florida Voting case

Created on May 13, 2005.

CPSR and several other organizations submitted a Friend of the Court brief in the "Wexler" case, an important Florida court case regarding electronic voting machines.

All News Items Appropriation Bill, including Real ID, Passes Senate 100-0

Created on May 10, 2005.

HR 1268 passed the Senate 100-0 on May 10, 2005 and is now on its way to the President for his signature which is guaranteed. The Real ID Bill was tacked onto the appropriation bill when it seemed that it might face some trouble in the Senate given it didn't pass the House with the majority that conservatives expected.

All News Items Real ID Passes House Tacked Onto Appropriations Bill

Created on May 06, 2005.

When it looked like the Real ID might have some trouble in the Senate, conservatives tacked it onto HR 1268 which provides emergency supplemental funds for the Iraq war and Tsunami disaster relief, making it difficult to stop the bill without seeming to be against approving money for soldiers and disaster victims. HR 1268 just passed the House 368-58 on 5/5/05. It is expected to go through the Senate next week. Find a link at the end of this article to send a fax to your Senators.

All News Items CPSR endorses International Campaign Against Mass Surveillance (ICAMS)

Created on April 28, 2005.

The ICAMS was founded by concerns that global security and the 'war on terror' have led nations around the world to adopt measures that roll back freedom and increase police powers to control individuals and populations. It calls on governments around the world to "abandon the intrusive and discriminatory measures inherent in the practice of mass registration and surveillance, and put the genuine protection and development of citizens – in the fullest sense, including the protection of our rights – at the centre of any approach to 'security'," and makes five recommendations to protect citizens.

All News Items Archiving CPSR history (April 2005)

Created on April 16, 2005.

CPSR is pleased to announce that Shinji Yamane is taking the lead in archiving more of CPSR's history for future use.

All News Items Progress on CPSR's New Web Site

Created on October 21, 2004.

Welcome to the new CPSR web site! We invite you to visit our new Privacy & Civil Liberties section, under "Issues." We also invite you to be a Beta Tester for new member features. And there's a new way to access information from the previous site...

All News Items RFID: What Congress Needs to Know

Created on March 13, 2005.

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.

All News Items CPSR files "friend of the court" support for California voter rights

Created on March 11, 2005.

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

All News Items Congratulations to our 2003-04 Essay Contest Winners.

Created on March 04, 2005.

Jim MacAulay of Pennsylvania State University won this year's $200 prize, with Chris Perryea of the University of Washington and Steven R. Lovaas of Norwich University as the first runners-up. Read the winning essays, and find out how to participate in the 2004-05 Essay Contest.

All News Items CPSR joins call to give Human Rights in China (HRIC) Accreditation to WSIS

Created on March 03, 2005.

CPSR has signed on to a petition initiated by WSIS civil society Human Rights Caucus in mid-February, after they learned that HRIC had been denied accreditation for the second time, because of objections from China.

All News Items CPSR Opposes "Real ID" Bill

Created on February 09, 2005.

CPSR has 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."

All News Items CPSR Life member joins ICANN board

Created on December 23, 2004.

Palo Alto, California - December 23, 2004, - Joichi Ito, a CPSR Life member, has been appointed to the Board of Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers (ICANN). His term started as of December 5, 2005 at the last ICANN meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. Joi joins Veni Markovski, as dual CPSR hat on the ICANN board.

All News Items U.N. Secretary General Appoints CPSR President to Internet Governance Group

Created on November 15, 2004.

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). CPSR President William Drake was among those appointed to the WGIG.

All News Items Election Incident Reporting System Up & Running

Created on October 26, 2004.

CPSR, the Verified Voting Foundation, and the Election Protection Coalition announce our free web-based election incident tracking tool called the Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS), live now and beyond election day.

All News Items Open Letter from Recipients of the Norbert Wiener Award

Created on October 22, 2004.

Winners of the CPSR Norbert Wiener Award express concern about the significant redirection in science funding toward the development of systems of mass surveillance

All News Items CPSR's 2004 Norbert Wiener Award to Barry Steinhardt

Created on September 25, 2004.

Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Program on Technology and Liberty

All News Items Quality Value(s) and Choice: Exploring Deeper Outcomes for HCI Products

Created on February 03, 2005.

Workshop call for papers. This CHI 2005 workshop is evolving from issues raised at a previous panel on "Values in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction)" (Note: Event not directly sponsored by CPSR)

All News Items Election Resources

Created on October 26, 2004.

Maps, Guides, and Warnings are great Election Resources for Voters Concerned by E-Voting Problems

All News Items Paper or Touch Screen?

Created on October 08, 2004.

CPSR, Verified Voting, Howard Dean and others featured as proponents of printers for electronic voting machines.

All News Items 2004 Annual Appeal

Created on December 21, 2004.

CPSR needs your support.

All News Items Nonpartisan coalition moves to protect black voters

Created on September 24, 2004.

CPSR featured as a member of a coalition of civil-liberties groups undertaking a massive effort to educate election officials and prospective voters.

All News Items CPSR/Japan monthly meeting 2005

Created on May 10, 2005.



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