CPSR: Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility: Pittsburgh Chapter
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Reading Group Topics Archive

Fall 2001

Spring 2002

Summer 2002

  • 18 June: Chris Long presents IP as it applies to software.

  • 2 July: Trey Smith presents the effects of recent technology on the battle between dissidents and governments (some suggested reading and comments below).

Fall 2003

Fall 2003

  • Jan. 30, 2003

    (postponed from the previous week)
    Topic: Special Registration
    Presenter: Sonya Allin

  • Feb. 20, 2003

    Topic: How we address ethics in our work

    Presenter: Sonya, Chris, and Trey will start, but we hope everyone will participate.

  • March 17, 2003

    Details TBA.
  • date TBA

    Topic: ICANN
    Presenter: Peter Shane (director of INSITES)
    Paper: TBA
    More information:
    ICANN is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Among many other things, it determines when new top-level domains (.biz, .person) get created, how the potentially lucrative name registration business will be conducted, and how name disputes will be arbitrated. ICANN has come under fire lately for not adequately representing the interests of "Internet users at large". Peter Shane is helping to draft a report about the state of ICANN, and may in the future have a voice in restructuring it. He wants to get us involved.

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