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This is the one time each year that we actively solicit donations from members, beyond membership dues.

Thank you to all who have recently donated to our annual appeal, renewed your membership after a lapse, bought a "Question Technology" t-shirt, ks/t-shirts/index.html This year some members even are giving memberships as gifts.

CPSR is unique in so many ways. Much of our program work is done by members volunteering in their spare time. Similarly, we rely almost entirely on members to support our operating expenses. Our ability to work as a true grassroots organization is dwindling as membership and financial resources grow scarce in the ailing economy.

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Good homes are needed for the proceedings of DIAC 2002
"Shaping the Network Society: Patterns for Participation, Action and Change."

If you are interested in any issue related to information and communication technology and the public interest, such as:
Libraries ------ The Digital Divide ------ Education And Learning ------ Networks ------ Privacy ------ Community Networks ------ Activism ------ Alternative Media ------ Health Informatics ------ Sustainability < Cyberculture ------ Community Technology Centers ------ Digital Cities ------ and more

then you NEED a copy of the DIAC-02 proceedings!

Since 1987, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility has hosted the biannual "Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing"(DIAC) symposium. The theme of the 2002 event, attended by 300 researchers and practitioners in Seattle, was "Shaping the Network Society: Patterns for Participation, Action and Change." Over 60 "patterns," based on the original concepts of Christopher Alexander and his colleagues, were presented.
See the Table of Contents at


Leadership for a Changing World seeks nominations of leaders who are successfully tackling tough social problems in U.S. communities. See

The new Asian Journal of Information Technology (AJIT) seeks high-quality manuscripts about information technology.


The CPSR Research Triangle Park, NC Chapter met for a chinese dinner on December 2nd and plan to put on an event about the Total Information Awareness Program in the Spring. They welcome suggestions for possible speakers in the area. Contact

CPSR Africa member, Eric Osiakwan attended the Civil Society and ICTs Policy Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November.

CPSR Japan members attended a November meeting about surveillance on the Internet.

CPSR Peru launch a section in their site about WSIS activities. See:

CPSR Spain has decided to join the campaign against the LSSI law, closing their Web Page the 12th of every month.


CPSR members from the San Francisco Bay Area represented Creative Commons' license release party.


Hans Klein was featured in a news interview with NBC's Atlanta affiliate where he discussed privacy issues in DARPA's Total Information Awareness program.

The Washington Post asked Katitza Rodriguez how the entertainment industry is going about trying to stop online piracy in Latin America.

Katitza Rodriguez Board Member of CPSR and CPSR Peru and Pedro Mendizabal Chair of CPSR Perú spoke at the II National Conference of Computer and Law at Inca Garcilazo de la Vega University about WSIS and Privacy issues.

Mens Health spoke with Harry Hochheiser about how to keep email as private as possible.

Robert Guerra recommends viewing the video/audio archive of the 11th CACR Information Security Workshop: Privacy & Security: Totally Committed, that he helped plan.
See .html

Robert couldn't attend his own conference, because he was able to get last minute funding and represent CPSR at the WSIS meeting in Bucharest instead.

Pedro Mendizábal, Chair of CPSR Peru spoke to Radio Cadena about CPSR activities.


Supporting Rep. Boucher & Doolittle's Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act (DMCRA, H.R. 5544), which would introduce labelling requirements for usage-impaired "copy-protected" compact discs, as well as several amendments to 1998's infamous Digital Media Copyright Act (DMCA).

Supporting Rep. Lofgren's Digital Choice and Freedom Act (DFCA, H.R. 5522), which would reform the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), restrick shrink-wrap licenses that harm the public's rights, explicitly allow backups and format-shifting for copyrighted materials, and protect the public's rights in copyright on several fronts.

Draft of the FCC Telemarketing comments about California database security law.
See aptered.pdf.3

A letter to President Bush "to express our deep concerns about the United States government efforts to undermine proposed reforms to European Union chemicals policy" known by the acronym REACH.


A Report of the Markle Foundation Task Force, "Protecting America's Freedom in the Information Age." The "bipartisan report by some of the nation's leading information technology and national security experts recommends that the Bush administration develop a system to share intelligence gathered in the United States and abroad among local, state and federal agencies" under the lead of the Department of Homeland Security shaping domestic information and itelligence priorities to inform policymakers. "The report contains guidelines for the sensitive collection and analysis of data that strike a balance between civil liberties and protection against terrorism. In addition, the panel makes specific recommendations for the use of the latest database management and data mining techniques."

Rick Barry suggests "Employee Privacy: Computer-Use Monitoring Practices and Policies of Selected Companies."

"ICTs in Support of Human Rights, Democracy, and Good Governance" by Audrey Selian.

Richard De George's "The Ethics of Information Technology and Business"

Michael Erbschloe's "Socially Responsible Information Technology Management." Questions about the book should be sent to


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