ILS 604 Public Policy Group Meeting Notes


Notes 1/26/96
Notes 2/2/96
Notes 2/9/96
Notes 2/23/96
Notes 3/14/96

IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY MEETING NOTES 1/26

1. SUMMARY OF MEETING:

We will keep all of our information in James's IFS space. He will create a folder for our homepage. Karen will take minutes. Jeff will look into Netscape news groups pertaining to public policy and the internet. James will create a rough draft of our home page using the information we have collected so far. So far the home page contents will include the following: Topics, Readings (w/abstracts?), Websites (w/ abstracts), existing news groups.

2. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM E-MAIL DISCUSSIONS WEEK OF 1/29:

HOMEPAGE ADDRESS:

http://www.si.umich.edu/~jringold/policy.html

HOMEPAGE CONTENT:

TOPICS:

  1. privacy -- free speech, censorship, privacy, PGP/encryption
  2. copyright
  3. universal access, information haves and have nots
  4. potential impact on democracy
  5. potential government regulation issues

POTENTIAL TOPICS FROM PREVIOUS GROUPS:

  1. government's role in relation to telecommunications and high technology?
  2. what projects does (and should) the government fund?
  3. What are the effects of licensing the air waves as the distinction between television, telephones, and computers begins to blur?
  4. Can government regulation protect the public interest in the battles between newspapers, broadcasters, the cable companies, the telephone companies, computer companies and the entertainment industry?
  5. What are the issues around privacy raised by the new information technologies?
  6. What about the role of intellectual property?
  7. What issues are raised in the flow of information into developing countries?
  8. What are the pros and cons of privatizing the Internet?
  9. Should Internet access be free?

POTENTIAL READINGS (abstracts will be added later):

  1. Anderson article
  2. Arbus article
  3. Sclove article
  4. Sterling article
  5. Brook article?
  6. ACLU page, when available
  7. Benton Foundation
  8. Copyright writings
  9. Being Digital
  10. Free Expression, Copyright, and Democracy (Ethics of the Internet Conference U.C. Berkeley): http://www.paranoia.com/~ebola.

WEB SITES (abstracts will be added later):

  1. Library of Congress Internet Policies -- http://leweb.loc-gov/global/internet/inrt-policy.html
  2. http://epic.org/
  3. http://www.eff.org/
  4. http://www.panix.com/vtw/
  5. http://weber.u.washington.edu/~phantom/cpunk/
  6. http://www.cum.net/
  7. http://www.sun.com/ACIS/
  8. http://news2.net99.net/
  9. http://www.benedict.com/
  10. http://fas.sfu.ca/comm/c-mass/c-mass.html
  11. http://zebu.serv.net/cosmicdebris/
  12. http://jobe.shell.portal.com/~cyberlaw/
  13. http://polecat.law.indiana.edu/v46/no3/blake.html
  14. http://www.dogtech.com/iua/
  15. http://www.indirect.com/www/molsen/
  16. http://www2000.ogsm.vanderbilt.edu/rimm.cgi/
  17. http://sunsite.unc.edu/cmc/mag/1995/aug/schmeiser.htm
  18. http://venable.com/oracle/oracle3.htm

NEWS GROUPS:

  1. alt.politics.datahighway
  2. alt.privacy.clipper
  3. alt.privacy
  4. clari.news.censorship


IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY MEETING NOTES 2/2

1. SUMMARY OF MEETING:

We will change the intro of our page to include links to the course home page and Prof. Besser's home page. Karen created a group e-mail address, ipp604@umich.edu, Jim will add it to the home page. Karen will make a background for the home page. We discussed the issues we would like to cover in our group and divided the maintenance of specific topics among the three of us. Our main topics include:
  1. Constitutional Issues
  2. Universal access and protecting the public interest
  3. The effect of new information resources on democracy in the U.S. and Abroad (specifically Latin America?)

Jim will maintain democracy and licensing and regulation, Karen will maintain intellectual property and universal access, and Jeff will maintain free speech and privacy. We will each recommend readings, websites, etc. in these areas. Our topics will be discussed in conjunction with current events:

  1. Licensing and regulations -- Telecommunications Bill
  2. Free Speech -- Compuserve & Germany
  3. Privacy -- PGP
  4. Intellectual property -- White paper.

We will discuss The Net next week. We may go see Metropolis at the Michigan Theatre in mid-February?


IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY MEETING NOTES 2/9

1. SUMMARY OF MEETING:

We discussed the layout of our Public Policy Page. We discussed the movie we watched (The Net). None of us thought that it was very realistic, but Jeff and Jim said they liked watching it because Sandra Bullock was in it and said something about her wearing a bikini...anyway, we did think it raised a few important issues pertaining to the use of information acquired about individuals through electronic resources. Information, especially personal information, can be used to manipulate an individual very easily. Jim mentioned the fact that Sandra Bullock described her ideal man over the Internet and they "created" him and used him to manipulate her. The idea that Sandra B. hardly interacted with anyone face to face brought up some questions about what can happen if an individual doesn't have to interact with society. How will interactions between individuals change if they don't ever have to actually see each other. Will people use videos to interact or will they prefer to stay anonymous? It is similar to the phone sex thing we were talking about in class. You can pretty much simulate any type of image and send it out over the wire claiming that is what you look like, or what your home looks like, etc.

Jeff will fill out the form for our newsgroup by next week.

Jim will turn our page black due to the passing of the telecom bill and when Karen creates a new background, she will replace it.

We will e-mail each other about the statement of purpose for our page, and hopefully, complete it by next Friday.


IMPACT OF PUBLIC POLICY MEETING NOTES 3/14/96

1. SUMMARY OF MEETING:

Notetaker: James A. Ringold

MAIN PAGE--Karen has implemented several improvements. Notably, space is used more efficiently, and links are clearer.

LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS PAGE--Jim has made some progress in investigating Internet sites concerning the Nicaraguan presidential election. He will create links to these sites.

GOV.WEB file--Has been corrupted. Jim will replace it.

PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY (PGP)--Jeff and Jim has downloaded the software from MIT. Links to MIT, and public keys, are now available from their home pages.

PERSONAL STATEMENTS--Jeff is still the only one who has posted a personal statement. He indicated that Karen and Jim need to do the same.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS BILL--This section needs to be updated. Jim will take care of it.

HYPERNEWS--Jeff will implement a Hypernews section.

UPDATE--All members will update all of their pages regulary. When the pages are ready to be moved, a final date will be added to the "last updated" statement at the bottom of each page.


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