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  • Phil Agre
    Apr 20, 1994
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      Computer Professionals For Social Responsibility
      San Diego Chapter


      THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE

      Bill Drake
      [wdrake@...]
      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@....