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CPSR Compiler February 2003

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Turning Thoughts to Actions


* CPSR Board Meeting February 7, 2003
* Opportunities
* CPSR Groups
* Expertise Sought and Shared
* Suggested Reading


The CPSR Board met by phone on February 7th to discuss: Finances - Chapters, Budget FY 2004, Annual Report; a Capacity Building Grant Application; Board Elections; CPSR Logo; Annual Meeting; Program and International Chapters; and Norbert Wiener Award. Minutes will be available by writing to



During the spring of 2003, CPSR will hold elections to fill seven vacancies for three year terms on its Board of Directors. The Board will select the corporate officers from amongst its membership. Note, the President and Chair positions are involved this year.

Any member in good standing in CPSR as of March 7, 2003, who has legal adult status in his/her home country may submit a statement in English of candidacy for the board election. Nominations must be received in the CPSR Office by 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific time on March 7, 2003. See

Want to work on this year's Annual Meeting ? CPSR has usually had a board member volunteer his/her local chapter or themselves to host a conference in October with a keynote and panels of speakers, the Wiener Award presentation, and a segment devoted to discussing organizational matters of CPSR. But none of that is set in stone and we are open to new ideas that may get more of you involved. We're even considering maybe more than one ! If you're interested, please contact Susan at for the proposal form that needs to be submitted by March 1.

The Global Civil Society Portfolio of the Ford Foundation has set aside $US1 million to promote civic engagement in global governance and to encourage global civil society actors to address the democracy deficits apparent within global governance. They seek proposals with effective mechanisms for a broad swath of citizen voices to be heard within global public policy deliberations. Deadline: April 1, 2003. Share any interest and activity with the fundraising committee as noted below.


CPSR Rules for External Representation: Funding and Activism

Regularly in CPSR's history there have been questions about how we relate as an organization to important external entities (e.g. fundraisers or policy makers.) Without effective coordination among members, there is risk of "collisions", as different members make independent contacts with outsiders.

When activists want to contact outside entities on behalf of CPSR, three coordination mechanisms will be used: 1) listserves: funding coordination will occur on the funding list (, and program coordination will occur on cpsr-activists. Members should announce there their intention to make an outside contact. 2) central coordinator: members should also explicitly and separately and clearly - not just within messages circulating to a list that you think Susan reads - inform Susan Evoy of their intention to make outside contact. Susan will keep track of who is in contact with what outside entity. 3) should members conflict about which of them is the appropriate contact to the outside entity, they will jointly identify a mediator from within CPSR.


CPSR's 2001-2002 IRS Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax), and the 2002 Year in Review are available online. See

Scientists for Global Responsibility is seeking a part-time Executive Director. See

Privacy International seeks nominations for Big Brother awards. See

Find out about the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, which meets regularly in Washington, DC, by contacting Paul Hyland

Email your US representatives about fair use rights, the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act and more. See

Spring graduates may apply for career training to fight for social and economic justice. See

Add to a PhD student's collection of information on various aspects of Internet regulation in different countries. See

A Working Group of the Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project is looking for more CPSR speakers about ethics and technology. Contact:

Send suggestions for possible speakers for a Jackson, MS event about Total Information Awareness. Contact

Get more involved, join a Working Group Discussion. See



Thank you to the Chapters and Working Groups and Projects that sent reports in time for the virtual board meeting on February 7th.

CPSR Austin has a new contact: Patrick Burkart. Let him know if you have ideas.

CPSR Los Angeles co-sponsored "Security for Whom?: TCPA and Hollywood vs. Open Computing Platforms" with ACM on February 5th.

CPSR Michigan met in the evening on January 30th and talked about establishing liaisons with other interested groups in the area, and Total Information Awareness and National Missile Defense. An early May meeting for the chapter's annual meeting is being considered. Contact

CPSR Peru worked with several Peruvian civil society organizations to write a Declaration for the Latinoamerican Regional Meeting (CMSI). See

CPSR Research Triangle Park, NC has set April 25th at Duke University for their forum on the privacy and civil liberty implications of the design and deployment of surveillance and profiling systems by the US government.

Confirmed Speakers:
* Dr James Boyle - Duke Law School
* Wayne Crews - CATO Institute
* Dr. Edward F Gehringer - NCSU
* Ignacio Marino- US Treasury Department
* Marc Rotenberg - EPIC
* Barry Steinhardt - ACLU




CPSR signed a statement by technologists opposing unauditable electronic voting machines, as many individual members and as an organization. See

CPSR Palo Alto Chapter members, including Barbara Simons, CPSR's 1992 Norbert Wiener Award winner, attended and spoke at a meeting of the Finance and Government Operations Committee of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on January 31st to urge them to demand that any e-voting machine provide a voter verifiable audit trail.

Peter Neumann, CPSR's 1997 Norbert Wiener Award winner, spoke on NPR with Rebecca Mercuri about voting technology issues on February 10th.

Simson Garfinkely was interviewed by NPR about his article "Remembrance of Data Passed: A Study of Disk Sanitization Practices" See

CPSR signed a coalition letter in support of the resolution to put Congressional Research Service reports and products on the Internet. See

Coralee Whitcomb was listed prominently as a signer of an ad "Big Brother isn't coming. He's already here." in the New York Times on January 17th. See

Paul Hyland attended the U.S. State Department's meeting on WSIS on December 17th . See

Robert Guerra represented CPSR at the WSIS Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference in the Dominican Republic January 29-31. See

Robert Guerra responded to an invitation to cooperate with a computer engineers and programmers association in Turkey.

Herb Kanner has volunteered to act as an editor on requests to the Library of Congress for exemptions from certain provisions of the DMCA.

Joichi Ito of CPSR Japan attended the January 14th Public Voice conference in Hawaii.

Shinji Yamane of CPSR Japan presented a report on the risk of National ID smartcards at the Symposium on Cryptography and Information Security 2003 and will present the final report for the workshop for Basic Resident Registers Network system on February 15. See - -



The Proceedings of the Participatory Design 2002 conference are ready for publication on the ACM Digital Library.

USACM's letter discussing some of the risks associated with the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness program sent to the Chair and ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. See

"The Progress of Science and Useful Arts: Why Copyright Today Threatens Intellectual Freedom" See

"Trading our privacy for security", an extraordinary story that gives some insight as to how other countries see us, and how an American is trying to change that. See

Media Development, the quarterly journal of WACC (World Association for Christian Communication) published a special issue on the CRIS campaign, which is a good introduction to WSIS and the information society. See

"Technologies of Despair and Hope: Liberatory Potentials and Practices of CMC in the Middle East" See


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