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Compiler - October 2002

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Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

The CPSR Compiler - October 2002 - 1.4

Turning Thoughts to Actions


* Annual Meeting
* Board Meeting
* Using Technology To Control The Flow Of Ideas
* Essay Contest 2002-2003
* Expertise Sought and Shared
* CPSR Signed On To
* Opportunities



Over 100 people attended CPSR's "SHRINKING WORLD, EXPANDING NET" and/or NORBERT WIENER AWARD DINNER honoring Karl Auerbach on Saturday, Oct.5, 2002 at Harvard University.

Andy Oram reported on the day in "CPSR conference brings people and Internet together" at
It was also posted on Slashdot at 117

Andy also wrote an article, "Why Human Rights Requires Free Software," inspired by Patrick Ball's keynote.

And the conference also appeared in press from Italy

And press from the Philippines have inquired.

More information about the conference and Wiener Award Dinner will be added to the conference web pages, and reported in future CPSR publications.


CPSR's BOARD MEETING October 6, 2002

Six members from Japan, Canada, and the U.S. joined ten board members to talk about CPSR finances, board development, elections, publications, committeees, groups, membership, and fundraising.

Highlights include:
John Dwyer is our new Treasurer.
Robert Guerra is our new Board Development Committee Chair.
Paul Hyland is our new Publications Committee Chair.
Stuart Shapiro is our new Membership Committee Chair.
Katitza Rodriguez is chair of our new International Development Chapter Committee.

A Board Development Committee will review and update officer responsibilities and work with potential candidates for the spring 2003 elections.There will be seven open seats on the board, including President and Chair.

The next board meeting will be virtual on either February 8 or 9, 2003.

Minutes will be available by writing to



CPSR has followed and contributed to the issues revolving around intellectual property, particularly since the debate around and passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998. It has always been the case that powerful interests steered the law in this policy arena, but in recent years they have become more brazen. Another recent change of significance is the impact of digital technology on the discourse of ideas and their expression, and the ways that this fact supposedly changes everything and necessitates vastly changed intellectual property rules.

We think that you'll find this issue of The CPSR Journal an interesting and provocative introduction to a topic that has an impact on innovation and progress, with some insights not normally seen elsewhere.

* Using Technology to Control the Flow of Ideas - by Paul Hyland, editor
* Society, Technology, and Law: A Balanced View of "Intellectual Property" - by Andy Oram
* Capitalism and Ideas: Creativity or Control ? - by Andy Oram
* What the Copyright Office Got Wrong - by Karen Coyle
* Hollywood's Legislative Agenda: MPAA Wants to Plug the "Analog Hole" - by Cory Doctorow
* The Trouble with Software Pattents - by Wen-Hsin Lin
* Washington Report - by Paul Hyland

The issue is available at

To keep up with important policy initiatives and CPSR's responses to them, be sure to check in regularly to



Information about this year's contest can be found at 3/contest.html

Thank you to the Groups who responded with new questions. We can still add more.

Please let me know if you would like to be a reviewer this year.



The Report to CPSR on PrepCom-1 of the World Summit on the Information Society, July 1-5, 2002 in Geneva is now available at: http://www.cpsr.or g/wsis/docs/Report-PrepCom1.html

Robert Guerra spoke at the III Global Congress on Community Networking in the Digital Era, held October 7-12 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Harry Hochheiser was quoted by Wired News and translated into Hotwired Japan News at,1367,54428,00.html

Nobuo Sakiyama of CPSR/Japan is working on FOIA requests on email intercepting devices which belong to the National Police Agency of Japan.

Shinji Yamane, CPSR/Japan Chair, was interviewed

Hiroki Azuma, a Japanese cultural critic commented about CPSR in Hacker Crackdown at and about CPSR/Japan at

Manuel Jesus Roman Estrade of CPSR/Spain was interviewed about the chapter's Spanish Big Brother Awards.

The German press also covered the event

David Casacuberta of CPSR/Spain was quoted in the October 13th edition of EL Pais (Madrid Spain)

CPSR/Spain participates in weekly radio segments on cyber rights.

A CPSR/Berkeley statement was translated/quoted in Japan at

Hans Klein spoke with Dow Jones about ICANN.

IEEE-USA's Today's Engineer Webzine contacted CPSR about anti-spam efforts.

A professor from the Unviersity of Leeds School of Computing will be using properly cited copies of CPSR publications for a class of 150 students.

Andy Oram has written more articles.

"The National Strategy To Secure Cyberspace: A Sober Cyberassessment" should prove unusually controversial.

"Wireless Enron Demonstrates Privatization Aches"



A letter from Veni Markovski to the Bulgarian National Assembly, concerned with the recent proposed draft of a new Bulgarian Telecommunications Act that would establish a procedure for licensing Internet service providers.

A letter in support of H.R. 5544, the Digital Media Consumers Rights Act, from a broad bi-partisan coalition to preserve personal fair use of digital media.



Install free operating systems like GNU/Linux on computers bound for the developing world. Prevent lock-in of Windows and decrease illegal copying in one volunteer action. Installers needed by the World Computer Exchange Contact Daryl Martyris


NASRO, the health insurance provider CPSR offers members, has had recent changes/additions.

Some of them include adding:
Blue Cross of California
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
Empire Blue Cross of New York
Massachusetts Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Unicare of Texas
Unicare of Illinois
Unicare of Virginia
Please contact NASRO directly with any questions. If they are not responsive, contact CPSR to help.

infoDev is accepting applications for support for conferences taking place between November 2002 and June 2003 that foster the utilization of information and communications technologies for development.

The Internet Education Foundation is seeking an energetic policy assistant for an entry-level position working on Internet issues. Position based in Washington, DC. See

Contribute abstracts, articles, book reviews, announcements, comments, questions, and discussion on all topics relating to the general area of human communication to CRTNET via


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