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CPSR Board Elections, Candidates, 2003

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CPSR Board Elections, Candidates, 2003

David Casacuberta

David Casacuberta is a philosophy professor in the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). His current line of research is the cognitive and social impact of new media and he has published several papers about the subject both in electronic and printed format. Currently he is the secretary of CPSR-Spain and a member of the directive team of Privaterra, an NGO to teach human rights organisations to secure their communications and their computers.

He was also the former president and founding memeber of Fronteras Electrónicas España (FrEE), an NGO devoted to electronic civil rights and liberties in Spain. He is the main editor of globaldrome, an e-zine about digital culture and has a weekly cyberrights column in kriptopolis a websited related to security issues.

I would like to strenghten the global dimensions of CPSR, as stated in the "one planet, one net" document. Specifically, I would like to stablish strategies with other cyberrights groups in the European Union toward a more fruitful and global actions of CPSR within Europe.

This is also a very sweet moment to discuss in lenght intellectual property issues and I would like that CPSR starts to act global in that issue. There are plenty of initiatives about copyright alternatives. Some of them like GPL and other open source strategies are mostly global, but but legal and divulgative initiavies are all local, national. We need a global perspective on the issue, and I believe that CPSR may play an important role in that perspective.

Finally, as a Spanish speaking person, I would also help to establish more initiatives with our existing Latin-American chapter and look for a expansion of CPSR

William J. Drake


I am a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland, College Park. Also: Research Associate, Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University; member, editorial boards of the journals Telecommunications Policy and Info; co-organizer, Social Science Research Council’s project on global network governance; and co-editor, new MIT Press books series, The Information Revolution and Global Politics. Previously: Senior Associate and founding Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; founding Associate Director, Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University; Assistant Professor of Communication, UCSD; Adjunct Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, and Georgetown School of Business; member, U.S. delegations to two International Telecommunication Union negotiations; member, World Economic Forum’s Global Digital Divide Initiative Task Force (prepared recommendations endorsed by forty+ companies and presented to heads of state at the G-8’s 2000 Summit in Japan, and recommendations to the DOT Force); member, Program Committee, INET ’98; member, ThinkNet Commission; various academic fellowships and consultancies; etc. Some publications: Governing Global Electronic Networks: International Perspectives on Power and Policy (MIT Press, 2004); Toward Sustainable Competition in Global Telecommunications (Aspen Institute, 1999); Telecommunications in the Information Age (USIA, 1998); The New Information Infrastructure: Strategies for US Policy (Twentieth Century Fund, 1995). Ph.D., political science, Columbia University.


I joined CPSR in the early 1990s, have participated in the San Diego and D.C. chapters, spoke five times on panels at CPSR events, hosted CPSR’s 1996 annual conference at Georgetown University, and was a member of the CPSR delegation to the recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) PrepCom in Geneva. I am well acquainted with the CPSR’s history, culture, successes, strengths, and limitations. I fully appreciate that the membership has diverse interests and would work with board colleagues to strengthen our ability to support and benefit from these. CPSR provides an excellent umbrella for multiple tendencies and initiatives, all of which should define its profile.

My particular interest is in strengthening CPSR’s presence in the global policy realm. I am relocating to Geneva and will be launching projects to enhance public interest analysis of and influence in the multilateral institutions where international rules of the game are negotiated. These include intergovernmental bodies like WTO, WIPO, ITU, and OECD, and "self governance" bodies like ICANN and IETF. Especially important will be efforts to foster innovative "tripartite" policy networks in which---building on the Dot Force and WSIS experiences---civil society organizations like CPSR work along side governments and industry to define better solutions to such problems as electronic commerce and trade, regulation, standardization, intellectual property, privacy, network and information security, freedom of speech, Internet identifiers, etc. Geneva is where many of these issues play out, and I will coordinate with civil society groups and foundations to help increase attention to public interest and developing country considerations. If elected, I will work with Board colleagues to make CPSR a more prominent presence in this increasingly important mix, and to expand our international membership.

Paul Hyland


Paul Hyland is currently a Senior Web Developer and Privacy Policy Expert, District of Columbia,Office of the Chief Technology Officer. From 1990-1993, and again since the summer of 2002, he has served on the CPSR Board.

He has worked as a web developer for six years, a content producer for America Online, a systems programmer for IBM, and done policy work for Taxpayer Assets Project and Greenpeace among other organizations. He has played conga in the DC rock band the Oxymorons since 1989. He has an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University.

Paul has been a member of CPSR since 1985, helped found the DC chapter, and served as its chair in the late 1980s. From 1990-93, he served on the CPSR Board of Directors, chaired the publications committee, helped to author the "Serving the Community" white paper, and broadened CPSR's use of the internet as an outreach tool. Since then, he has helped maintain CPSR's website and helped organize the 1996 Annual Meeting.

Paul developed a program initiative on Intellectual property issues; he presented a paper at DIAC-2002, and organized panels for two other conferences; he is working with other members to author a CPSR policy statement on digital copyright; he represents CPSR on the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee and its Intellectual Property Task Force; he is forging alliances on this issue with other organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Future of Music Coalition, the Association of Computing Machinery, and the Creative Commons project.


I agree with just about everything in the CPSR program. When I graduated from college with an engineering degree in the mid-1980s, I was distressed that the most interesting opportunities facing engineering graduates involved military technology. I gravitated naturally toward CPSR and it's opposition to Star Wars and the militarization of computer technology. As the organization expanded its focus to address privacy, education, gender equity, freedom of expression, access, and other issues, I was in total agreement with the new program directions.

CPSR sometimes has difficulty organizing and disseminating the great ideas of its members. With a small budget and staff, this will be a constant struggle. On the other hand, we've maintained our reputation as technical experts with very well-reasoned opinions about the issues we care about. Our current projects in community networks, internet governance, and international human rights support are growing in stature; ongoing working groups and newer initiatives in national ID cards and intellectual property demonstrate our ability to remain relevant.

Since I live and work in Washington, DC, I am perfectly positioned to represent our message in national fora, be it in front of the news media or before congress. I will work to leverage our quick analyses of current issues by mobilizing our membership to spread the word via letter-writing campaigns, op-ed pieces and media appearances. Finally, I will continue to forge ties with like-minded organizations so that we can share ideas, pool efforts, and foster a better world.

Paul Hyland


Hans Klein


I have served on the CPSR board for nearly ten years, the last four as board chair. During this time I have performed program activity in many areas and have developed CPSR's organizational capabilities.

CPSR is in better shape than it has ever been. We are a leading organization for Internet policy, not only in the United States but around the world. Our successes are creating a positive feedback loop in which policy makers, funders, and activists are increasingly drawn to the organization, thereby making us even more effective. CPSR, in turn, provides an organizational framework within which activists can develop their own initiatives.

The time is right to plan and implement a second wave of organizational growth. If re-elected to the board, I will develop CPSR in two directions.

First, I will invest in CPSR's grassroots, volunteer, chapter-based membership. We need both to grow our membership and to increase our local activities, especially local forums and conferences that educate the public. We are one of the few public interest organizations doing program work outside of Washington DC, and we have an increasingly important role to play at the grassroots -- in the United States and the world.

Second, if elected I will continue to develop CPSR's policy expertise. Information policy issues are extremely complex, and we need to be able to produce top-quality public interest analyses and recommendations. To do that CPSR can leverage its historically strong ties to universities to connect academic expertise to policy practice. This approach has worked well with ICANN and WSIS, and we can develop it further in other areas.

In pursuit of these goals we are already submitting major funding proposals to foundations in the US and abroad. I will continue to apply my fundraising skills on behalf of CPSR. I believe we can double our budget (and quadruple our social impacts) in the next three years.


My specific contributions to CPSR have included:

· Co-chair, DIAC 1994 "Developing an Open and Equitable Information Infrastructure")

· Helping launch the cpsr-activists forum for greater member participation in board decision-making

· Helping restore CPSR‚s financial health over the past four years

· Leading our program area on ICANN and Internet governance

· Fundraising (including a major pending grant)

· Participating in the WSIS activities for the world summit in December 2003

In all these activities I have been part of a team of dedicated volunteers.

Outside of CPSR I serve on the faculty of Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy. My research examines how Internet governance figures in larger globalization processes in the WTO, NAFTA, and other global institutions. My educational background includes a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University (1983), an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT (1993), and PhD in Political Science/Technology Management and Policy from MIT (1996).

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Lisa Koonts

A relatively new member of CPSR, I continue to find out that people I know and admire have been long time CPSR members. CPSR has the wide base of knowledge, insight and experience not only in understanding issues, but in organizing to speak about them, that many groups of concerned computer hackers lack.

I have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, a Masters of Graphic Design, over ten years of work in technical theatre and 10 years of work in IT. My work history includes distributed peer-to-peer file sharing, wireless palm products, and internet service provider startups. Project management experience ranges from reorganizing small teams at IT companies in The Netherlands to organizing and running a web development team handling most of HP's world wide websites.

Attending the World Summit on the Information Society(WSIS) PrepCom1 in Geneva as a representative of CPSR, I ended up organizing the media team for the Civil Society. At the CPSR Annual meeting/conference, SHRINKING WORLD, EXPANDING NET, I assisted Jean Camp with onsite organization. I just finished helping to organize CodeCon 2.0 in San Francisco. I would be happy to help in organizing the 2003 CPSR conference.

I am interested working further with Robert Guerra on the WSIS project. It is surprising how many people intensely concerned with their area of interest are either unaware of or unconcerned with this World Summit. WSIS has the potential of being a gathering point for many of us computer geeks who are worried about the future and want to be involved, or at the very least informed.

It is interesting to see how people talk about the issues in conferences as varied as the DRM Conference, Financial Cryptography Conference, Hackers At Large 2001, Siggraph, and InfowarCon. Many people working on IT related issues are saying the same thing, just using different acronyms. CPSR is well placed to broaden understanding of the varied problem spaces by helping to develop language and vocabulary to talk about the areas of IP, both internet protocol and intellectual property, patent, copyright, privacy, security, peer-to-peer systems, DRM, cryptography, etc. in ways in which issues and understanding could be related. This process will also hopefully help geeks to make themselves more understandable and give CPSR a clear voice.

I would be honored to serve on the CPSR board.

L. Koonts / /

Veni Markovski

I hope to contribute with my knowledge and contacts, as well as to bring my European perspective on a number of issues, related to the CPSR activities.

I've been involved in a number of social-related issues in ISOC - Bulgara. During my work with Privacy International, I managed to bring the Big Brother Awards to Bulgaria, and to bring awareness to issues, which are becoming important not only in Bulgaria, but also worldwide - police control, prevention of free access to Internet and information. Our work on the BBA was done with Access to information program, GIPI and IT Development Association.

ISOC-Bulgaria was founded by me in 1995, and now has 280 members, among them the ex-president and the current president of the country, as well as some of the top Internet-gurus, well known for promoting open and free access to Internet. ISOC-Bulgaria sued the Bulgarian government in 1999 against the implemented licenses for ISPs, and we managed to get rid of this restriction, which was aimed at the free web-content. We also made it possible in March 2001 to move VoIP outside of the monopoly of the telecom.

I am also head of the Bulgarian President's IT council ( We have issued a report promoting Open Source software usage. I was invited to help in preparation of the draft law of Open Source Software usage in the State Administration. Larry Lessig has been of help for our work by providing us with contacts with other people interested in the area.

Until April 2002 I was the CEO of -, which was the second ISP in history of Bulgaria. We were founded in 1993, and currently I am only a shareholder. I have experience in that area, and in fact I was trained to do it in 1995 during a 4 week visit to the US, "copying" several ISPs in different US-states. It was an interesting experience, which helped me and my company to do our job in the best for the users way. That's also when we started to realise the meaning of the words "customer care", which by that time to a certain extent did not exist in Bulgarian:)

Since Sept. 11, 2001, governments worldwide tend to control information and want to police all Internet traffic. It's exactly that time when organizations like CPSR should take active position in protecting basic human rights on the Internet, and bring social awareness of the importance of freedom of the Internet .

As CPSR looks now more North America oriented, I also hope to make sure that not only bring geographical diversity, but different points of view, which are vital for the core existence of an organization that is being working for 20 years.

I've been working on a number of issues, mainly INET and ICANN staff with Hans Klein and with Robert Guerra during the CFP and the I am co-chairing with Hans the Europe/North American family at the Civil Society Bureau to the WSIS.

Adrian Pintilie

Dear friends,

My name is Adrian Pintilie. I live and study in Bucharest, Romania. I am 23 years old and I am in the final year studying Computer Science. I am IT Coordinator in AEGEE Europe, the largest inter-disciplinary student association in Europe. My past experience include 5 months internship on the position of IT Assistant at the Head Office of AEGEE Europe in Brussels. Inside AEGEE, I have developed a Digital Election system, an e-membership system and different websites for our events. My activities in AEGEE were on volunteer-based. I am highly involved inside Youth Caucus for World Summit on the Information Society, where I was a speaker in the Youth Panel in Pan-European Conference in Bucharest and actively present in PrepCom-2 Geneva promoting a youth paragraph inside the Declaration of Principles for WSIS.

The Information Society is actively changing our society: from our day-to-day life, to our needs and to our freedoms. If the Internet is to become the next public sphere, where everybody will be free to express its opinions then any attempt to control the Internet becomes an attempt to the basic right of the citizen: freedom of speech. Too many of our channels of communication are already in too few hands. This is a threat to democracy, and not just the electronic kind. That's why I find the work of CPSR really challenging. We have the right to question, we have the right to challenge the technology and we have to inform others about our work. My plans for CPSR are: a better website, more external visibility and more members. Vote for me! Vote for CPSR.

Kind Regards,

Adrian Pintilie

Madan Rao


Dr. Madanmohan Rao (, is an infotech consultant and writer based in Bangalore, India. He is the editor of two book series: "The Asia Pacific Internet Handbook" and "The Knowledge Management Chronicles" (McGraw Hill). He is also editor-at-large of and contributor to the Poynter Institute blog on new media trends. Madan was on the international editorial board of the recently published book, "Transforming e-Knowledge."

Madan was formerly the communications director at the United Nations Inter Press Service bureau in New York, and vice president at IndiaWorld Communications in Bombay. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with an M.S. in computer science and a Ph.D. in communications. He is currently the director of the InfoComm Observatory at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore.

Madan is a frequent speaker on the international conference circuit, and has given talks and lectures in about 50 countries around the world. He has worked with online services in the U.S., Brazil, and India. His articles have appeared in, The Economic Times, Electronic Markets magazine, Economic and Political Weekly, and the Bangkok Post. Madan is on the board of directors/advisors of numerous content and wireless services firms in Asia. He also participates in consultations at UNESCO, IDRC, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) foundation in India and Nepal.

He is the conference chair for India Internet World, India's largest annual Internet business conference, and serves on the conference committees of trade show group Messe Frankfurt in Germany, Singapore-based Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, and the global Internet Society.

Madan has been a contributor to the CPSR-Global mailing list, with updates about Internet-related developments worldwide. He spoke at the CPSR annual summit in Boston in 1998, and at the preparatory conference of the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, February 2003.


The rapid proliferation of the Internet and wireless technologies is leading to unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs and big business -- as well as perplexing questions for policymakers and social activists, especially in emerging economies. Can IT help reduce poverty? Will it lead to more cultural alienation? Can developing countries become major IT players? What policy climate is best suited for equitable access to the Net? What are the security challenges on the Net in post-September 11 post-Bali world? What are the limits to government surveillance? CPSR has had an excellent track record in framing discourse around these issues and networking communities of practice in these areas. I would like to be involved more actively on this front, and feel I can make some useful contributions based on my activities in Asia.

Stuart S. Shapiro

CPSR has always been a natural affiliation for me, given my undergraduate computer science degree and my graduate social science degree, and I have been involved with it since my graduate school days in the late 80s. Working on issues at the crossroads of IT and society as an academic, as a privacy professional, and as an information security specialist has kept CPSR relevant to my work as well as my personal values. This has never been more so than in the current geopolitical climate.

The ill-considered efforts of governments around the world to (supposedly) increase security by relentlessly compromising privacy threatens to turn democracies into the type of surveillance society that has traditionally been the hallmark of totalitarian regimes. While this has perhaps been most prominent in the United States, it is also a palpable trend in Canada and Europe and, as these efforts become increasingly internationalized and interconnected, in the rest of the world as well.

However, to suggest that security should never be a consideration would be just as socially irresponsible as the current assault on privacy in the name of security. The ever-growing dependence of industrial societies on IT in an increasingly threat-laden environment, moreover, makes reinforcing the security of IT infrastructures a socially responsible activity of the first order. But cavalierly sacrificing fundamental rights in the pursuit of a very nebulous security must be avoided.

Fighting this trend requires multiple efforts at multiple levels of society. It is not enough to appeal to policy and law makers or to offer guidance to individuals. CPSR, both on its own and in cooperation with other groups, should be working to develop/adapt and implement infrastructures that enable the public to actively resist ethically offensive forms of surveillance. We have already made a good and substantial start in the form of the Privaterra project, aimed at human rights organizations and workers. CPSR should leverage that experience and expertise in support of the broader protection of privacy. In the US, for instance, this could include working with libraries and librarians to provide free or low cost facilities to support anonymous Web browsing. At the same time we should promote, where appropriate, privacy-preserving alternatives that satisfy legitimate security needs.

In order to do this effectively, the membership of CPSR must be representative of the myriad areas of life and parts of the world in which IT is now an integral element. Bringing new members into CPSR while retaining existing ones has been a central concern of mine during my brief time on the Board. IT is now woven throughout many areas-health care, education, commerce, utilities, to name just a few -of many societies and the membership of CPSR should reflect that diversity. IT and issues of social responsibility intersect in the work and lives of more people than ever before and all these people are CPSR's natural constituency. We are beginning and must continue to do more to reach out to all segments of that constituency.

Nancy White

Full Circle Associates, Seattle, Washington

Background and qualifications

I am an independent communications consultant and owner of Full Circle Associates ( with over 20 years of communications experience. (Resume at I work primarily with non profits and NGOs around issues of online and offline communications and maintain a practice as an online facilitator and online facilitation trainer. I work with international development groups best to combine technology and processes for productive distributed teams, communities of practice and online events. My focus is on the human processes in the application of ICTs. In the last year I have presented internationally on supporting distributed communities of practice, participated in a NSF sponsored think tank on "virtual community informatics," and have worked in Central Asia, Kenya and South Africa. I’m currently working on a project in Armenia to build capacity for online collaboration in the education, NGO and SME sectors.

My background includes radio and television public affairs, maternal and child health communications, policy and program planning, have run an internet start up (early failure!) and now appreciate the freedom of my own gig which affords me the chance to offer more than 25% of my time pro bono. My degree from Duke is in Marine Botany. What can I say… I have varied interests. I am a confirmed chocoholic, love to travel and am the parent of two teenaged boys.

Locally I have volunteered for CPSR events in Seattle since 1998 (Participatory design and DIAC 2000 and 2002. I am also one of the volunteers for which encourages girls to get involved in technology. If you want to know if I can get things done, ask Doug Schuler. I’m also a good schlepper, which is a key volunteer attribute! ;-)

My interests are: collaboration, the appropriate, positive use of technology in communities and international development (with the intercultural communications issues that accompany this), women in technology (although I confess, after 7 years of MCH meetings, it is great not to have to stand in line for the bathroom at meetings.), online facilitation and the design of online interaction spaces. I have lately been starting to explore the role of visuals in online intercultural communications.

Policy Statement

CPSR is needed more than ever. Keeping key ideas on the table, fighting exclusion in policy development and deployment, and generating enough member interest to leverage for CPSR programs are all needed — always needed.

Three areas that I am prepared to work on (plus what ever else is needed/comes up):

  • Make a commitment to spark and support local CPSR activities in the Seattle area
  • Develop and deploy a plan to raise the visibility of CPSR and it’s issues (local/national/international) with my marketing and communications experience
  • Contribute to the dialog on the appropriate application of ICTs, leveraging both my network and experiences. Key to this is helping more people tell the story of both their successes and failures. à

see particularly my writings at

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