Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility • What is CPSR • History • Mission • Projects • Why join • Who can join • Membership benefits • How to become a member • Chapters • Privacy
What is CPSR • Alliance of computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society. • An organization that supports the use of technology to improve the quality of life. • An organization that examine social and technical issues within the computer profession, both nationally and internationally.
1981 - A group of computer researchers at Xerox PARC meet to discuss forming an organization that will "help them integrate their work life with their social concerns." 1982 - The discussion group holds a public meeting at Stanford to define issues and goals for a new organization called Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. History
1983 - CPSR files formal incorporation papers and becomes a nonprofit organization. President Reagan announces the Strategic Defense Initiative, it becomes CPSR's principal focus for several years. The first issue of the CPSR Newsletter appears. CPSR opens its first five chapters 1985 - CPSR hires Gary Chapman as its first Executive Director. History
1986 - CPSR/Boston produces Reliability and Risk, a slide show about the dangers of overreliance on computing technology in national defense. CPSR/Palo Alto forms a working group on computers in the workplace. 1987 - CPSR holds its first research conference on "Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC). CPSR's first book, Computers in Battle, is published. History
In March 1993, a new project centered around the National Information Infrastructure (NII) proposed by the Clinton/Gore administration. A Public-Interest Vision of the National Information Infrastructure," was published in September 1993 and has received excellent reviews from policymakers. History
In June 1994, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a joint project of CPSR and the Fund for Constitutional Government. At the end of 1994, a CPSR supporter made a large, one-time donation consisting of 5,000 shares of FTP Software, a company cofounded in the 1980s. History
Influence decisions regarding the development and use of computers Provide the public and policymakers with realistic assessments of the power, promise, and limitations of computer technology. To dispel popular myths about the infallibility of technological systems. Challenge the assumption that technology alone can solve political and social problems. Mission
The National Information Infrastructure Civil Liberties and Privacy Computers in the Workplace Technology Policy and Human Needs Reliability and Risk of Computer-Based Systems There are also chapter-based projects and national working groups projects. Projects
Why join • You would be part of a nationwide network of concerned people who are committed to bringing a public interest perspective to all aspects of information technology • CPSR has a reputation for being on the forefront of issues pertaining to the impact of information technology on society, taking action to implement positive examples for todays information technology
Who can join • Anyone who is concerned about and would like to be part of how “ Information technology affects our society.”
Membership benefits • You have the opportunity to be involved with making changes on how interaction with today’s technology, impacts our daily lives. • Members take an active role. We speak at conferences and legislative meetings; write articles, journals and books. • Newsletter • Conferences
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Chapters • Austin , Berkeley, Boston , Chicago, Denver-Boulder, Georgia ,Los Angeles, Madison, Maine, Michigan, Milwaukee , Minnesota • New Haven, Loyola /New Orleans, New York, Palo Alto, Philadelphia , Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Seattle, Washington, D.C.
Privacy • In 1986, CPSR broadened its national program to include the Privacy and Civil Liberties Program,which established a Washington office in 1987. • The CPSR membership database is never sold, rented, lent, exchanged, or used for anything other than official CPSR activity. • CPSR may elect to send members mailings with information from other groups, but the mailings will always originate with CPSR