I know this isn't exactly a screen-L topic, but I'm not sure how many people
are aware of this terrific group. If you want to know the latest on Clipper
chip, FBI and FCC and congressional activities concerning the Internet
and how they will impact information exchange, etc., HERE is where you
will find it. I sometimes don't quite understand what the hell is
going on and what is at stake, but these folks sure try to make me
understand and will keep you apprised of what YOU *can* do to help
(i.e., providing you with e-mail addresses, fax numbers, and snail
mail addresses, model letters of your elected representatives).
We (as a nation) are reaching a critical point in the many debates
surrounding information technology. It is best that we be aware of
what's going down under the Dome in Washington. I find it scary as
hell to try to keep up myself, but CPSR's ALERT newsletter (about one
E-mail a week at most) is vital to staying marginally aware of the
rapidly changing environment.
Tue, 12 Jul 1994 22:06:14 -0700
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Date: Tue, 12 Jul 1994 13:04:47 -0700
Subject: Improved Web Pages Now Here!
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
P.O. Box 717
Palo Alto, CA 94302
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CPSR ANNOUNCES WEB SERVER WITH 60 NEW PAGES OF INFORMATION
Palo Alto, July 12, 1994. Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility (CPSR) is pleased to announce the availability of
its redesigned World-Wide Web (WWW) server, now with 60 new
hypertext pages of timely and important information for Internet
users and the general public. The CPSR Home Page can be found at
URL: http://www.cpsr.org/home with hypertext browsers like
Mosaic and Lynx.
WWW grew from the need of physicists at the European Particle
Physics Laboratory (CERN) to communicate with pictures and text to
colleagues around the world in hypertext, non-linear format. Since
its beginning in 1989, WWW has allowed people to link their
electronic documents and images to other documents on computers
around the world. Estimates say there were, as of May 1994, over
4,500 hypertext Web server computers capable of linking documents
on the 10,000 computer networks comprising the world-wide Internet.
CPSR's Web Pages cover issues related to the organization's mission
to provide the public and policymakers with realistic assessments of
the power, promise, and problems of information technology. These
issues include the National Information Infrastructure, Civil
Liberties and Privacy, Computers in the Workplace, Technology
Policy and Human Needs, Gender and Minority Issues, Reliability and
Risks of Computer-Based Systems and Community Networking. There are
also links to many reports and other sources of information. All
links are provided with descriptive narratives, and are not just
lists of files. CPSR will continually update their pages to insure
the accuracy and usefulness of this resource.
CPSR was founded in 1981 by a group of computer scientists
concerned about the use of computers in nuclear weapons systems.
CPSR has since grown into a national public-interest alliance of
information technology professionals and other people. Currently,
CPSR has 22 chapters in the U.S. and affiliations with similar
groups worldwide. The National Office is in Palo Alto, California.