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Privacy Digest 10.08 Sep.06/01




PRIVACY Forum Digest     Thursday, 6 September 2001     Volume 10 : Issue 08

                (<A HREF="http://www.vortex.com/privacy/priv.10.08">http://www.vortex.com/privacy/priv.10.08</A>)

            Moderated by Lauren Weinstein (<A HREF="mailto:lauren@vortex.com">lauren@vortex.com</A>)         
              Vortex Technology, Woodland Hills, CA, U.S.A.
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CONTENTS 
        Getting the Facts Out - Announcing "FACT SQUAD"
           (PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility)


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VOLUME 10, ISSUE 08

     Quote for the day:

        "Money is honey."

             -- Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel)
                "The Producers" (Crossbow / Avco Embassy; 1968)

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Date:    Thu, 06 Sep 2001 19:26:55 PDT
From:    <A HREF="mailto:pfir@pfir.org">pfir@pfir.org</A> (PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility)
Subject: Getting the Facts Out - Announcing "FACT SQUAD"

          [ This will be directly relevant to a wide range
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                Getting the Facts Out - Announcing "FACT SQUAD"

                               September 6, 2001

                    <A HREF="http://www.pfir.org/factsquad-announce">http://www.pfir.org/factsquad-announce</A>


Greetings.  Immediately following the recent People For Internet
Responsibility "Future of the Internet" Workshop, technology columnist 
Dan Gillmor reported on the event within his widely-read column. 

He especially noted one of the key points of agreement at the meeting --
there's a serious need for coordinated information sources and experts to
counter the often skewed information provided by lobbyists and other vested
interests relating to technology issues.  As it stands, it's usually those
well-heeled interests who have successfully organized, for their own
betterment, to provide information about technical matters to media,
politicians, and many others.

Dan used the term "fact squad" to describe the need for a coordinated effort
to provide some balance in these matters.

PFIR has now set up a structure that we hope can provide assistance in
filling this fact gap.  We've created "Fact Squad" -- its home page,
which describes the project in more detail, is at:

   <A HREF="http://www.factsquad.org">http://www.factsquad.org</A> 

Fact Squad is oriented specifically towards folks who need straightforward,
direct, and largely "jargon-free" information about these topics.  It is a
coordinated resource for media, researchers, or anyone else -- cutting
through the hype and getting to the facts.

Fact Squad by itself obviously cannot be the complete solution to the
long-festering and worsening problems of manipulated information and
propaganda relating to technical issues and their impact on society. 
But we think it's potentially an important step in the right direction.

In addition to the Fact Squad home page listed above, three new contact
e-mail addresses have been established relating to this effort:

 - Questions or information about specific topics or issues: 
    
      <A HREF="mailto:facts@factsquad.org">facts@factsquad.org</A>

 - General inquiries:

      <A HREF="mailto:general@factsquad.org">general@factsquad.org</A>

 - Information about participating in Fact Squad:

      <A HREF="mailto:participate@factsquad.org">participate@factsquad.org</A>


We look forward to your questions, comments, and participation.

Thanks very much.


Lauren Weinstein
<A HREF="mailto:lauren@pfir.org">lauren@pfir.org</A> or <A HREF="mailto:lauren@vortex.com">lauren@vortex.com</A> or <A HREF="mailto:lauren@privacyforum.org">lauren@privacyforum.org</A>
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800
Co-Founder, PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility - <A HREF="http://www.pfir.org">http://www.pfir.org</A>
Moderator, PRIVACY Forum - <A HREF="http://www.vortex.com">http://www.vortex.com</A>
Member, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy

Peter G. Neumann
<A HREF="mailto:neumann@pfir.org">neumann@pfir.org</A> or <A HREF="mailto:neumann@csl.sri.com">neumann@csl.sri.com</A> or <A HREF="mailto:neumann@risks.org">neumann@risks.org</A>
Tel: +1 (650) 859-2375
Co-Founder, PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility - <A HREF="http://www.pfir.org">http://www.pfir.org</A>
Moderator, RISKS Forum - <A HREF="http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks">http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks</A>
Chairman, ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
<A HREF="http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann">http://www.csl.sri.com/neumann</A>

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