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Sunday Program for CPSR 2001 Annual Conference

Sunday Program for CPSR Annual Meeting:
Nurturing the Cybercommons, 1981-2021

October 19-21, 2001
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sunday, October 21, Angell Hall (Aud D)

8:30-9:00 Light Breakfast
Come early and have a bagel and some coffee/tea.

9:00-10:00 CPSR Activity Update: ICANN & UCITA Openness

9:00-9:30 ICANN
Hans Klein
Can the Internet be governed? Instead of answering this question, the current manifestation of Internet governance - Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has done little to answer this question. This discussion will provide background on the creation of ICANN the issues we now face when dealing with a truly international and distributed information infrastructure governed by real people.

9:30-10:00 UCITA
Lawrence Hecht
CPSR fights the legalization of bad software through advocacy against UCITA. He will present a campaign strategy to use anti-UCITA presentations as a way to develop grassroots CPSR involvement on DMCA, software user rights, and other intellectual property issues.

Simply dealing with buggy software may become truly "good old days" if the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) passes into national law. CPSR is participating in a state by state effort to discourage lawmakers from giving software publishers a carte blanche to produce faulty products and arbitrarily control how we use them. Real progress has been made in discouraging passage of this law in many states, but the fight is far from over.

10:00-11:00 Neocapitalism and the Hive Mind
Jessica Litman
Jessica Litman will talk about the conflict between the common, collaborative information space developing on the net (the "Hive Mind") and a copyright law that commodifies anything it can nail down and then forbids everyone from using it without explicit permission.

11:00-11:15 Break

Free and open to the public.

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