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The Compiler - November 2002

Compiler - November 2002

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The CPSR Compiler - November 2002 - 1.5


Turning Thoughts to Actions


* Opportunities
* CPSR Chapters
* Expertise Sought and Shared
* Suggested Reading


Join our newest list: TechDev, born from CPSR's "Shrinking World, Expanding Net" conference (presentations are being added to the conference web page), to support a vigorous and intellectually grounded discussion about how IT can best be designed and implemented in the developing world and how computer science can contribute to human rights.
See http://www.cpsr.o rg/conferences/annmtg02/index.html

If you have ideas for making CPSR more responsive to its existing members and more attractive to potential members, consider joining the Membership Committee. The focus of the Membership Committee is the individual members of CPSR.The committee works to develop strategies for recruiting new members and retaining existing ones. It also concerns itself with issues relating to member benefits and services. Contact:

The Publications Committee is seeking translators of key CPSR documents/web pages. Contact:

Join a Working Group Discussion See

Send comments to the U.S. Copyright Office about new exceptions to the anti-circumvention clause of DMCA. What kinds of activity should be treated as legal under the rules?
See 783.html
Comment at 1201/comment_forms

Consider using a letter to college/university presidents from EPIC about copyright infringement and P2P networking,and the impact of network monitoring on privacy and academic freedom on campuses.
See "http://www.epic.or g/privacy/student/p2pletter.html

Participate in Linux in Nonprofits Study by The Nonprofit Open Source Initiative (NOSI) Be intereviewed to develop case studies of nonprofit organizations with staffs of 15 or more, that use Linux for their office network. The idea behind the study is to convince more nonprofits to take a serious look at Linux. See

Apply for an Assistant Professorship in the Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
See htt p://

Apply for a fellowship to develop computer technology for rural development in Africa.
See ncy1052.html

Nominate a candidate for the "IFIP-WG9.2 Namur Award." The deadline for nominations is December 10th, 2002.

Apply for a mini-grant for an Internet-based conflict resolution projects. See -grants-2002.cfm


CPSR-Peru is our newest chapter ! They will work to influence decisions regarding the devlopment and use of Information and Communication Technology in Peru. The chapter will sponsor the II National Congress of Computer and Law and Commerce, and Pedro Mendizabal, President of CPSR-Peru, and Katitza Rodriguez, CPSR Board Member, will speak about the World Summit on Information and Society (WSIS). The chapter will also work on translating CPSR materials to Spanish.
See and

CPSR-Japan met with Lawrence Lessig.

Twelve members of CPSR-Michigan and five members of the faculty in computer science from Eastern Michigan University met at the house of Kurt Lauckner in October. It was a social gathering with no formal agenda. Several issues of concern to CPSR and the computing community were discussed, including DMCA.

CPSR-Michigan conducts most of its business virtually, but has an annual nonvirtual social event. For more information see

Eleven members of CPSR-Palo Alto met on October 29th. They heard a report from Peter Neumann about his voting technology work, and commiserated with Severo Ornstein and Laura Gould about the state of the country, and brainstormed about how CPSR could make a difference. The board gave their blessings for pursuit of the ideas, and we await further sharing by individuals with other members.


CPSR-Canada responded to proposed amendments to Cybercrime and Lawful Access in Canada.
See http://www.lexinformatica.or g/cybercrime

From September to November Hans Klein served as acting Chair of, an organization that seeks to provide an independent voice for users in the ICANN processes. organized an AtLarge Forum at ICANN's most recent meeting in Shanghai, China.

Hans Klein, CPSR Board Chair, was quoted in "Some Say ICANN Loses Legitimacy,"
See http://www.i

Bill McIver and Robert Guerra represented CPSR at the European Regional Conference of the World Summit on Information and Society (WSIS) in Bucharest, Romania, November 7-9th.

Privaterra recently got press in The Toronto Star, The Chicago Tribune, and The Vancouver Sun.

Robert Guerra, CPSR Board Member, and Caryn Mladen spoke on September 24th about Privaterra at the University of Toronto - Information Rights Salon.
See http://www

Peter Hope-Tindall spoke on October 29th at "Public Space Private Space: Where do we draw the line ?"

Tom Cox attended the September ILPF conference on Security vs. Privacy, as a reporter for CPSR.
See ferences/ilpf2002.html

Netiva Caftori spoke at the sixth Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century symposium on October 25th.
See ri/pri.htm,1426,MCA_440_1503692,00.html

Eric Osiakwan, of CPSR Africa, attended The Civil Society and ICTs Policy Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 6th. See http://africa/rights/

Jeff Johnson and Rich Meagher helped a reporter with a spam article.


Bill McIver's "Technological Evolution and the Right to Communicate."
See f and the related website of L.S. Harms at

Hans Klein's 15th edition of Cyber-Federalist - "The User Voice in Internet Governance-"

"Internet Turf War Playing Out" asseses developments at the recent ICANN meeting in Shanghai.

Andy Oram's "Licensing Programmers: A Resurgent Issue" caused quite a stir on the CPSR-Activists list.

Andy's, "Problems of a Total Surveillance System"

Rebecca Mercuri's "A Better Ballot Box" in the October IEEE Spectrum.

"Socially Responsible IT Management" by Michael Erbschloe.

"How to Encourage Women in Linux" by Val Henson

"Computer-Related Accidental Death" by Donald MacKenzie in Knowing Machines (MIT Press paperback, 1998).

"An Ethical Career in Science and Technology?" a new booklet from Scientists for Global Responsibility edited by Stuart Parkinson & Vanessa Spedding. See

An impressive collection of short essays by CRIS (Communication Rights in the Information Society)


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