The Compiler - November 2002
|Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility|
The CPSR Compiler - November 2002 - 1.5
COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS for SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Turning Thoughts to Actions
TABLE OF CONTENTS* 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Publications Committee is seeking translators of key CPSR documents/web pages. Contact: email@example.com
Join a Working Group Discussion See http://lists.cpsr.org
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 http://news.com.com/2100-1023-961 783.html
Comment at http://www.copyright.gov/ 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 http://nosi.net/tco.shtml
Apply for an Assistant Professorship in the Science, Technology and
International Affairs (STIA) Program of the Georgetown University School of
See htt p://www.georgetown.edu/sfs/programs/stia/faculty/positions.pdf
Apply for a fellowship to develop computer technology for rural
development in Africa.
See http://www.comminit.com/vaca ncy1052.html
Nominate a candidate for the "IFIP-WG9.2 Namur Award." The deadline for
nominations is December 10th, 2002.
See http://www.info.fund p.ac.be/~jbl/IFIP/award.html
Apply for a mini-grant for an Internet-based conflict resolution projects. See http://www.crinfo.org/mini -grants-2002.cfmLET US KNOW IF/WHEN YOU WANT TO MEET WITH LOCAL CPSR MEMBERS
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 http://peru.cpsr.org and http://www.idertel.org/
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 http://mich.cpsr.org
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.
EXPERTISE SOUGHT AND SHARED BY 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 ICANNatlarge.org, an organization that seeks to provide an independent voice for users in the ICANN processes. ICANNatlarge.org organized an AtLarge Forum at ICANN's most recent meeting in Shanghai, China.
Hans Klein, CPSR Board Chair, was quoted in "Some Say ICANN
See http://www.i nternetnews.com/isp-news/article.php/1491291
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 .fis.utoronto.ca/research/inforights/archive.htm
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 http://www.cpsr.org/con ferences/ilpf2002.html
Netiva Caftori spoke at the sixth Ethics of Electronic Information
in the 21st Century symposium on October 25th.
See http://orion.neiu.edu/~ncafto ri/pri.htm
Eric Osiakwan, of CPSR Africa, attended The Civil Society and ICTs Policy Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 6th. See http://africa/rights/apc.org
Jeff Johnson and Rich Meagher helped a reporter with a spam article.
Bill McIver's "Technological Evolution and the Right to Communicate."
See http://baserv.uci.kun.nl/~jankow/Euricom/papers/McIver%20&%20Birdsall.pd f and the related website of L.S. Harms at http://www.righttocommunicate.org
Hans Klein's 15th edition of Cyber-Federalist - "The User Voice
in Internet Governance- ICANNatlarge.org"
"Internet Turf War Playing Out" asseses developments at the
recent ICANN meeting in Shanghai.
See http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/printarticle/gam/20021107 /TWGEIS
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 http://www.sgr.org.uk
An impressive collection of short essays by CRIS (Communication Rights in
the Information Society)
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