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The Compiler - March 2003

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Turning Thoughts to Actions


* Board Elections
* Opportunities
* Expertise Sought and Shared
* Suggested Reading



CPSR accepted nominations from 10 members to fill seven vacancies for three year terms on its Board of Directors. David Casacuberta
William J. Drake
Paul Hyland
Hans Klein
Lisa Koonts Adrian Pintilie
Madan Rao
Stuart S. Shapiro
Veni Markovski
Nancy White

Candidate Statements are online at

Members can have access to the candidates to discuss issues with them by joining the Elections list via

The President and Chair will be selected by and from the Board this year.

Candidate statements and a ballot will be sent to all memberswho were in good standing as of March 7, 2003, by March 20.Ballots must be postmarked back to the CPSR office no later than May 1, 2003.


We have a new list for the Weapons & Peace Working Group --cpsr-computers-peace. Members are currently discussing the mission of the group, and possible projects. CPSR members can subscribe via

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

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

The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG)at the John F. Kennedy School of Government is offering a small number of NSF-funded pre-doctoral residential fellowships with stipends to support dissertation research in the area of technology, institutions, and governance. The NCDG's mission is to build global research capacity, to advance practice, and to strengthen the network of researchers and practitioners engaged in building and using technology and government. See

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



A Report from Robert Guerra of recent activities: Jan 30th - Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic2003 Regional Preparatory Ministerial Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Panel: Analysis of the existing stock of human capital - what is required to meet the challenge Slides are at: Video is available for the whole day! If you want to watch it, it's at To watch Robert's presentation (in Spanish) , select "Transmisión del dia 30/01/2003, Parte 3" Then move the windows media player to 07:57:35)

Feb 6 - 8 - Bilbao, Spain
International Congress on the Information Society (IT4All).
Invited Guest See

Feb 9 - 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Meeting: Open Society Institute, ICTs for NGOs program.

Feb 12 - Geneva, Switzerland
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Seminar: Working Party on Industry and Enterprise Development ?
Team of Specialists on Internet Enterprise Development

Second UNECE Workshop on "E-Regulations: E-Security and Knowledge Economy"
Invited Speaker- Session III ? E-Security, E-Citizens and Knowledge Economy

Feb 14 - Lausanne, Swirzerland
Presentation - Privaterra (in French)
Dept. Droit, Criminalit et Scurit des Nouvelles Technologies(department of Law, Crime and security of new technologies) INFORGE - Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Universit de Lausanne See

Feb 15 - March 3 Geneva (Switzerland)

o Second Preparatory meeting (PrepCom2) for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

o Robert Guerra Invited to join the official Canadian Government delegation as an Advisor/ NGO Representative.

o Hans Klein, Bill McIver and William Drake also attended as CPSR Delegates to the meeting as well.

Feb 20th - Geneva (Switzerland)

o Reception at Canadian Permanent Mission for Canadian NGOs attending WSIS PrepCom 2

Feb 25th - Geneva (Switzerland)

o With the collaboration and gracious support of the Development Gateway and the World Bank's GDLN (Global Development Learning Network) , CPSR was able to arrange a video conference which linked up Civil Society organizations in Geneva (Switzerland), Accra (Ghana) and New Delhi (India) . The discussions lasted about two hours and covered a broad range of issues, challenges and possible plans of action for the WSIS.

For more information contact: **********

Hans Klein was a panelist at the WSIS Workshop "Civil Society and Internet Governance - Lessons Learned from ICANN"

CPSR organized a workshop at WSIS on "Global Communications Governance" featuring: Bill Drake (CPSR and University of Maryland): "Overview of Issues" Don MacLean (consultant, formerly ITU), "The Louder Voices Report" Hans Klein (CPSR and Georgia Tech): "ICANN and Sovereignty"Sean O'Siochru (Nexus Research): respondent

Hans Klein was elected as representative for the European Family group of the newly established WSIS Civil Society BureauVeni Markovski was elected as the alternate/backup.

The Weapons and Peace Working Group and Lenny Siegel ofCPSR's Computers and the Environment Working Groups helped CBS-TV's San Francisco affiliate with expertise about technologies that could be used in the possible war with Iraq.

Chris Gray of the Weapons and Peace Working Groupis quoted extensively in Guardian Unlimited's "War on the Web."See,3605,898661,00.html

Harry Hochheiser provided written testimony in support of a proposed Maryland law that would limit the use of social security numbers of printed cards, mailed materials, and internet sites. The law is not perfect.Harry explained that the limits that it imposes on Internet use would be unenforcable. See

CPSR Peru began the execution of the project called InformationaData Base Archive of the Peruvian Press Council that it going tobe develop a GNU/Linux system.

CPSR Peru is co-organizing the First National Congress ofFree Software, organized by the Peruvian Training Labor Forum -FOPECAL (, which is part of SociedadNacional de Industrias (, to be held in May 2003.

CPSR Peru is collaborating in the organization of LACFREE,the 1st Latin American and the Caribbean Conference of Free Software in education, science, culture, communication, and information organized by UNESCO with INEI and CONCYTECto be held in Cuzco June 11-13, 2003.

CPSR Peru registered with the Consortium of Free Software Developers and Users

Peter Neumann spoke about "Computer-Related Risks: Security,Privacy, and Democracy at a forum sponsored by the Leagueof Women Voters of Palo Alto. Many CPSR members attendedand met afterwards with Peter and Barbara Simons.

Shinji Yamane wrote a report on the multipurpose Japanese National ID smartcard that was presented in a workshopon February 15 and will be published in August.See

Ellen Ullman worked with Amy Harmon, technology reporter for the New York Times, on a story about "geek culture."

Lisa Koonts attended CodeCon 2.0 and sent this summary. CodeCon 2.0 continued it's focus on functional applications that enhance individual power and liberty, can be discussed freely, are generally useful, and demonstrate novelty in technicalapproaches, security assumptions, and end-user functionality. CodeCon showcases active, working software development projects, presented by the actual code developers.For more information see:

A fundraising dinner was held during CodeCon 2.0 to benefit the California Community Colocation Project (CCCP). The CCCP provides virtual, colocated, and"virtually colocated" Internet services to individuals, non-profits and not-for-profit entities, such as independent reseahchers and Open Source projects. See

A Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy degree candidate at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, Englandis looking for volunteers to participate in a short questionnaireon hactivism, civil disobedience, and political beliefs.If interested, contact

********* SUGGESTED READING Harv Millman recommends a series of articles at eWeek.comfrom mid-2002 through early 2003 that describe hackers producing software to help people in countries that suppress information and restrict Internet access. Six/Four: The Internet Under Cover, by Jim Rapoza (March 2003),3959,919681,00.asp

Getting a Peek at Peekabooty, by Dennis Fisher (January 2003),3959,145877,00.asp

Agreement Targets Censorship, by Dennis Fisher (December 2002),3959,758425,00.asp

Hackers Fight Censorship, Human Rights Violations, by Dennis Fisher (November 2002),3959,729837,00.asp

Camera/Shy Outlanks Net Content Censorship, by Dennis Fisher (July 2002),3959,375874,00.asp


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