Privacy Experts to Speak at Forum on May 23

May 23, 1999

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK  - The RTP Chapter of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) is sponsoring a "Forum on Personal Privacy" on May 23rd from 1 to 4pm in Kamphoefner auditorium located on the North Campus of North Carolina State University. The forum is the newly-formed chapter's inaugural event and is free and open to the public.     

The forum will feature Wayne Crews, Director of Technology Policy at the Cato Institute; Robert Ellis Smith, attorney and publisher of Privacy Journal and Brock Meeks, award winning journalist and Washington D.C. bureau chief for MSNBC. The event intends to increase awareness of and discussion around the use (and misuse) of personal information in the high-technology sector. It is expected that the event will be of interest to policymakers, technologists, and others interested in privacy issues.     

Co-sponsors include ibiblio (http://www.ibiblio.org), the School of Information and Library Science at UNC (http://ils.unc.edu), and the Center for Information Society Studies at NCSU (http://www.ncsu.edu/ciss/).     

"We're excited to provide an opportunity to host some of the leading experts on privacy at our inaugural gathering," said RTP CPSR Chapter chairperson Christian Stalberg. "And we're especially thrilled to be able to bring together Triangle residents interested in privacy issues. The Triangle employs a large number of high-tech workers whose work shapes the debate on personal privacy."     

The May 23rd event is the first public event for the newly formed Research Triangle Park chapter of CPSR, an organization with chapters worldwide. For more information about the event and directions, please visit the RTP chapter's Web site at http://www.rtp.org/ or send email to rtpevents@develop.net

ABOUT COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: CPSR is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others concerned about the impact of computer technology on society. The organization works to influence decisions regarding the development and use of computers because those decisions have far-reaching consequences. As technical experts, CPSR members provide the public and policymakers with realistic assessments of the power, promise, and limitations of computer technology. As concerned citizens, members direct public attention to critical choices concerning the applications of computing and how those choices affect society.