- Apr 20, 1994Computer Professionals For Social Responsibility
San Diego Chapter
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Department of Communication
University of California, San Diego
Tuesday, April 26th
5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
University of California, San Diego
Applied Physics & Mathematics Building, Room 4301
To date, the debate in the United States on the construction and
governance of information infrastructure has been largely focused on
purely domestic strategies and policies. The Clinton Administration's
policy initiatives, the many position papers churned out by corporate
lobbying groups like the Council on Competitiveness and by public
interest groups like the Electronic Frontiers Foundation, the raging
debates now underway on many Internet discussion lists -- these and
other contributions to the process have all largely ignored both
information infrastructure developments in other countries and regions
like Western Europe, and also the larger questions of how broadband
networks will be managed on a transnational basis. This parochialism
in communication policy is a long-standing tradition in the United
States, but is especially inappropriate in the current environment of
economic globalization and privatization.
The policy of benign neglect leaves many critical questions
unanswered. For example, are existing national and multilateral
policies on questions like personal privacy, network interconnection
and trade in services sufficient for the broadband delivery of voice,
data and interactive television signals, or do new policies need be
designed to cater to the emerging systems and services? Are existing
international organizations and regimes well suited to the task of
global governance, or should new and more democratic fora be created?
How do we balance private sector interests in a commercial, free
trade-oriented approach to global interconnection with the interests
of other countries where the public sector plays a more important
role? What about the interests of the non-profit networking
communities, and of the developing countries? The purpose of this
presentation is to provide an overview of these and related questions,
which will become increasingly important on the national and
international agendas during the coming years.
Bill Drake is a professor in the Department of Communication at UCSD
who has written widely on the political economy of global
telecommunications and information policy.
This meeting will be held on the campus of the University of
California, San Diego, in Muir College, the Applied Physics and
Mathematics (AP&M) building, room 4301. We will begin at 5:30.
Parking is readily available.
Directions: From I-5, take the Genesee exit westbound, up the hill and
straight through the light; you will be on North Torrey Pines Road.
About half a mile later you'll see the "University Extension" entrance
on your left. Enter the university there, and park in one of the
large lots on your right. Signs should direct you to the person who
sells parking permits ($3), and you can ask this person where the
Applied Physics and Mathematics building is.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) is a national,
nonprofit, public interest organization of computer professionals
dedicated to promoting the responsible use of computer technology and
ensuring that information plays a positive role in society. Begun in
Palo Alto in 1983, CPSR now has over 2,600 members across the country
in 21 local chapters. The San Diego Chapter was formed in 1987.
If you have any questions regarding this meeting or CPSR's San Diego
Spring speaker series, please contact David Noelle [(619) 272-7719
(home) or dnoelle@...]. For more details about CPSR, send a
message to cpsr@....