Doug Schuler on Tue, 12 Feb 2002 00:13:01 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-bold] Invitation to Seattle ... and beyond

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Tomorrow's information and communication infrastructure is 
being shaped today --

     But by whom and to what ends? 

IF you believe that our current communication systems aren't meeting
community and civic needs you're not alone!  Millions of people from 
around the world are asking these questions -- 

     Will communication systems meet the needs of ALL people?
     Will they help people address current and future issues?
     Will they promote democracy, social justice, a healthy 

     Will appropriate research be conducted?
     Will equitable policies be enacted?

Millions of people throughout the world are working to create
systems which meet humankind's crucial needs.

We are extending TWO invitations to those who are interested in 
this work.

     111 Invitation ONE 111

Join 500 researchers, practitioners, activists, jounalists, educators,
artists, policy-makers and citizens from around the world in Seattle
May 16-19, 2002 at CPSR's eighth biannual "Directions and Implications
of Advanced Computing" (DIAC) symposium to address these critical
questions and develop action plans.

A variety of events are planned ranging from invited speakers, panel
discussions, and pattern presentations to informal working sessions --
both planned and spontaneous.  Symposium topics include the digital
divide, human rights and privacy, cyberspace and economic development,
open content research, pattern language development, community
networks, wireless community networking, developing a civil society
charter for the UN Summit on the Network Society, virtual communities
and online activism, cross-border collaborations, and MORE! And, as
with previous DIAC symposia, we'll do our best to bring in some
surprises as well...

Please join us in Seattle (and beyond) for this exciting and important
event!    Don't miss it!

Shaping the Network Society: 
      Patterns for Participation, Action, and Change
   DIAC-02 in Seattle, May 16-19, 2002.

Sponsored by:  

   Public Sphere Project of Computer Professionals for 
     Social Responsibility (CPSR) 

   National Communication Association Task Force on the 
     Digital Divide

     222 Invitation TWO 222

Browse the "patterns" we've received so far and submit your own!

Based on the insights of architect Christopher Alexander, we are
soliciting "patterns" that people use to create communication and
information technology that affirms human values. We will use these
patterns to craft a "pattern language" - a useful and compelling
"knowledge structure" based on the collective wisdom of our community.
Ideally our pattern language will help articulate -- and promote
interest in -- engaged and effective research and activism.

Our pattern system (
includes the 150+ patterns that we've collected.  It also includes
facilities for entering and editing additional patterns. All of the
patterns entered so far and those entered before the May 1st deadline
will be reviewed at the symposium for possible inclusion in the final
pattern language.

We encourage you to submit a pattern -- or, better, several patterns!

This pattern language will only be 
   as good as the patterns that you submit! 

We are "casting a wide net" for patterns from all relevant domains and

              open source       We
             human rights          are especially
           collaborations             encouraging additional
          civil liberties         patterns in these
      roll your own media      areas...
     developing countries
 alternative technologies
environmental informatics
   gender, ethnicity, age
      cultural expression               --- thanks ---
       war and militarism
          culture jamming
           media critique

Please contact symposium and pattern language coordinator, Doug
Schuler,, if you have any questions on either of these

       Don't hate the media. Become the media.
            - Jello Biafra

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