CONF Computer Pros for Social Responsibility 10/10-11 Cambridge,

Tom Boland (
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Date: 21 Jul 1998 17:32:58 -0000
Subject: One Planet, One Net: October '98

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Please note the registration discounts for new, renewing, and current CPSR
members, and the opportunity to attend the Wiener Award Banquet at the
Computer Museum without registering for the conference.



OCTOBER 10-11, 1998
MIT Building 6, Room 120

Professor, Harvard Law School Law of Cyberspace, Constitutional Law
Saturday, October 10, 9:00am

Norbert Wiener Award Banquet and Ceremony
Saturday, October 10, 7:30-11:30pm
The Computer Museum
Boston, MA, USA

Norbert Wiener Award:
for the exceptionally open and democratic process with
which it has effected the evolution of the Internet.

Norbert Wiener Award Keynote:
Internet pioneer;
Founder, Network Management Associates & First Virtual
"Internet Paradigms & Their Consequences for Society"

The explosive growth of the Internet, combined with rapid globalization and
the convergence of major telecommunications services, has strained current
methods for administering the Net. New organizations are coalescing to take
on the tasks of Internet governance, while traditional organizations try to
redefine their relationship to emerging electronic networks.

As this new system is shaped, the public risks losing to corporate and
government dominance of the discussions. The debate concerning who
administers the Internet and how  that administration is achieved will have
enormous social implications, affecting access to information, privacy
rights, and freedom of speech for the population at large.

CPSR's international symposium, "One Planet, One Net," will bring together
concerned computer professionals, Internet experts, and corporate,
nonprofit, academic and governmental leaders to define the public interest
and set the stage for an advocacy coalition, to make sure the public voice
is heard.

Panels and Interactions
Saturday, October 10,  9:00am-6:00pm

Public Interest in the Age of the Behemoth

The increasing dominance of large corporations over the infrastructure of the
Internet raises serious questions about whether the broader public's interests
will be met in this era of deregulation and globalism. While the Internet is
praised as the place where the little voice can get a hearing, the Internet
well change under corporate pressure coming from many directions.

Telephone companies and cable TV companies are starting to offer Internet
service that small providers cannot match. Major content-providers are
changing copyright law in ways that affect the Internet. Many new
technologies are shaped by the advertising and commerce-oriented interests
of corporate sites. Finally, commercial "portals" pose as value-free
conveniences while actually selecting content.  How do such trends affect the
experience of the average Internet user?.

Panic over Privacy: A Case Study in Regulation

Everyone agrees that something has to be done to ensure the privacy of
Internet users' personal data. What roles do market forces, laws and
regulation, and advances in technology play in securing our privacy rights?

Governments world-wide are struggling to find solutions that fit their needs.
Privacy discussions in the United States range from free-market self-
governance to the privacy advocates' demands for strong privacy legislation.
Two weeks after this symposium, the European Union nations are required to
have laws in place that prevent the transfer of data to countries without
"adequate privacy protections." What progress is being made in resolving
different views of privacy solutions?

Universal Access: A Global Perspective

The importance of the Internet for personal communication, information
access, and commercial competitiveness means that those who are connected
to the Net will encounter greater opportunity than the "have-nots."
But different communities, some unable to provide even basic food, water, and
health care, must be viewed differently when we try to meet their information

What services should be universal, and how might tools, technologies, and
processes benefit nations in varying degrees of development?

Convergence and the Internet's Future: Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons

What are the goals of a global information infrastructure?  We will discuss
some of the ways in which the Internet, telephony, television, and other media
are converging, with a view toward understanding the impact of convergence
on regulation, technological innovations, and user activity.

Panelists will look at implications for grass-roots participation and
democratic influences. How do we create channels for popular commercial
fare and yet leave space for divergent voices? What scalability issues will
arise as the Internet grows several orders of magnitude?

Action and Coalition
Sunday, October 11,   9:00am-12noon

Our goal is to create a coalition of activists, community members, political
leaders, educators, and socially responsible business leaders who will work
together to draft an action plan representing the public interest in the
development of a new order of Internet governance. Join us at MIT and help
shape the future of the Internet.

Banquet and Award Ceremony at the Computer Museum
Saturday, October 10, 7:30-11:30pm

CPSR's prestigious Norbert Wiener Award for Social Responsibility in
Computing Technology will be presented to the Internet Engineering Task
Force (IETF). CPSR recognizes the IETF for the exceptionally open and
democratic process with which it has effected the evolution of the Internet.
Join with members of the Internet Society (ISOC), the IETF, and CPSR.
The festivities include a keynote talk by the Internet pioneer Einar

Boston's incredible Computer Museum is the venue for this magnificent
evening. We will have exclusive use of the museum.  Admission will include
dinner, a private party at the Computer Museum, and an evening with many of
the brightest stars in the world of technology.  Tickets may be purchased
without registering for the conference.

CPSR joins with the Free Software Foundation as they present FSF's first
annual Awards for the Advancement of Free Software
Friday, October 9, 7:00 pm

Sunday, October 11, 3-6:00 pm

Free and open to everyone

Travel and Hotels
United Airlines is the official airline of the conference. For a discount
call 800-521-4041 and refer to meeting ID code 542ZC.
(If you purchase your tickets at least 60 days in advance, there is an
additional 5 percent discount.)

CPSR has reserved a block of rooms at The Buckminster Hotel, 645 Beacon
Street in downtown Boston,across the river, but about a 20-minute ride from
the campus. It is near the Kenmore Square subway station. Rates are $109
queen. $119 king, and $129 for a suite, plus 12.5% tax.
To reserve, call by September 8. Call 800-727-2825 or 617-236-7050,
ask for Group Sales, and refer to the CPSR reservation number 17370.

MIT visitor information

Conference committee
Aki Namioka, Andy Oram, Coralee Whitcomb, Craig Johnson, Duff Axsom, Harry
Hochheiser, Karen Coyle, Nathaniel Borenstein, Susan Evoy, Tom Thornton,
Willie Schatz

MIT Communications Forum/Media in Transition Project

Foundation Support
This Symposium is sponsored in part by a grant from the Open Society

Corporate Sponsors
Internet Travel Network
Interval Research Corporation
Pacific Bell

Cosponsors (list in progress)
Adult Literacy Resource Institute
American Computer Foundation
Answer Channel
Boston Neighborhood Networks
Center for Civic Networking
CIO Magazine
Corporation for Public Broadcasting/WGBH/
     National Center for Accessible Media
Data Security Systems
Electronic Frontier Foundation--EFF
Electronic Privacy Information Center--EPIC
Free Software Foundation
Innovation Network
Internet Society--ISOC
Mandela Learning Center
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
My Bookworm
National Writers Union--UAW Local 1981
ReTech America

Check in at for updates.


Registration (Space is limited, so register early.)

                                Early (received by 9/26)   Later or On-Site
Member of CPSR or
        cosponsoring organization______________  $ 75            $ 90

Non-member                                       $100            $115

New or Reactivating CPSR member and registration $110 ($10 more) $125

Low income participant or Student with ID        $ 30            $ 35

Low income participant or Student member and reg $ 40 ($10 more) $ 45

Media Representative
                from _______________________    -           -

Wiener Award Gala with conference registration  $ 40            $ 50
     without conference registration            $ 60            $ 80

Donation to further CPSR's work                         $____

                                        TOTAL ENCLOSED $ ____

A limited number of scholarships are available.
Contact CPSR for information.

Send completed registration form with payment to:
CPSR, PO Box 717, Palo Alto, CA  94302.

Or register on the World-Wide Web at


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