Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 1995

Can We Talk Long-Distance? Removing Impediments to Secure International Communications

presented by A. Michael Froomkin, Ira Rubinstein, Phil Karn, Ron Lee, Stephen Walker, Stewart Baker, Tim May

So, here we are to talk about this prob­lem. How do we do it? How do we talk secure­ly with peo­ple abroad? And in par­tic­u­lar what can we do…what’s fea­si­ble to do, to progress mat­ters from where we are today? And with the help of some of the mem­bers of the pan­el, I draft­ed the three questions.

Transaction Records in Interactive Services: Who Watches the Servers?

presented by Alan Westin, Charles Marson, Janlori Goldman, Michael Stern, Ron Plesser

First of all, let’s rec­og­nize that the pri­va­cy of trans­ac­tion records is not a brand new issue at all. We have many decades of expe­ri­ence, and I think it helps to under­stand that we have two types of con­sumer trans­ac­tion records that we’re talk­ing about. 

His Master’s Voice

presented by Geoff Sears, Kathleen Watkins, Ross Stapleton-Gray

What we’ll be cov­er­ing is just the gen­er­al issue of polit­i­cal infor­ma­tion on the net. And actu­al­ly I think prob­a­bly all three of us are in some­what agree­ment that the gov­ern­ment on the net is maybe the least best-poised to make use of this, or the most chal­lenged by polit­i­cal speech on the net, the pol­i­tics of the infor­ma­tion flow­ing around the net.

The Case Against Computers: A Systemic Critique

presented by Chet Bowers, Jerry Mander, Richard Sclove, Ted Roszak

We all know there’s a com­put­er rev­o­lu­tion. But very few peo­ple are ask­ing whether it’s a right-wing rev­o­lu­tion or a left-wing rev­o­lu­tion. In fact this rev­o­lu­tion is unlike most ear­li­er ones because all facets of the body politic are in gen­er­al agree­ment. They all think it’s good.

A Net for All: Where are the Minorities?

presented by Armando Valdez, Art McGee, Cynthia Harvey, Deborah Runkle, Randy Ross

It’s an his­toric moment. I think it’s very impor­tant that we look and we think about the kind of infor­ma­tion soci­ety we would like to par­tic­i­pate in and that we would like to cre­ate. And that to me is why this con­fer­ence is so impor­tant. I think we need to not make assump­tions but rather be crit­i­cal of where we are as a soci­ety, be crit­i­cal of what we are as indi­vid­ual pro­fes­sion­als, as well as indi­vid­ual mem­bers of the society.