Friday Noon Lecture Series
Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks

The Information Highway Has Many Potholes

Barbara Simons
Chair, US Public Policy Committee, Association for Computing Machinery

Equity, privacy, commercialization, and access are all important policy factors that must be addressed in determining the nature of the proposed National Information Infrastructure (NII). In this semi-informal talk, Dr. Simons gave us a preview of the panel discussion on this topic that she will be chairing the following Monday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In looking at policy issues, she examined the functioning of current systems, in particular the Internet and the Minitel System in France, citing Minitel as a successful example of a telecommunications system with almost universal access. Audience participation was encouraged.

Dr. Simons is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In 1992 she was awarded the CPSR Norber Wiener Award for Professional and Social Responsibility in Computing. She chairs the ACM U.S. Public Policy Committee. Dr. Simons was ACM secretary in 1990 - 92, and prior to that she was chair of the ACM Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights. She was a co-founder of the U.C. Berkeley Computer Science Department Reentry Program for Women and Minorities.

Dr. Simons received her Ph.D. in computer science in 1981 from UC Berkeley. In 1980 she joined the Research Division of IBM, and she is currently a member of the Language Products Technology Institute at IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory where her main areas of research are compiler optimization and scheduling. She is coauthor of "Fault-Tolerant Distributed Computing," which is based on a workshop that she organized.

Friday February 11
145 Dwinelle

co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism

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