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EFFector Online Volume 07 No. 13     October 7, 1994      editors@eff.org
A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation        ISSN 1062-9424

EFF Organizational Changes: New Exec. Dir., New Privacy Project
Rep. Edwards Announcement on Digital Telephony, Oct. 7, 1994
National Research Council Study of National Cryptography Policy
Computers, Freedom and Privacy '95 - Call for Participation
EFF's Godwin to Speak at Criminal Law in Cyberspace Conf., 10/27/94
OTA Report - Information Security & Privacy in Network Environments
GPO Puts Bills Online, but Wants You to Pay for Them Twice
Horde of New NII Documents Online at EFF
What YOU Can Do


Subject: EFF Organizational Changes: New Exec. Dir., New Privacy Project

** Taubman Executive Director, Berman Policy Director **

September 28, 1994

The Chairman and Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF) today announced the immediate appointment of Andrew E.  Taubman as
Executive Director of EFF.  The Board of Directors approved the hiring of
Mr.  Taubman at its most recent meeting in mid-July.  At the same time,
Jerry Berman, Executive Director since January 1992, was appointed the
Director of Policy.  The move was made to effect the best placement of
talents and experience.  Mr.  Taubman will focus on EFF as an organization,
continue in recognition of the increased significance of EFF's political

"I am delighted to welcome Drew to EFF, where we expect him to play a 
major role in orchestrating the next phase of development of the 
organization.  The Board went through a long and thoughtful process to 
find the best candidate, and in Drew we believe we have him," said 
Mitchell Kapor, co-founder of EFF.

The Taubman Group, a Cleveland-based management consultancy created in 
Foundation's Caring Program For Children, Cincinnati; Director of 
Development and Alumni Affairs/Associate Director of the University of 
Cincinnati Foundation, Ohio; Associate Director of Development at Wright 
State University, Dayton, Ohio; Cultural Arts Director of The Leo 
Yassenoff Center, Columbus, Ohio; and Development Officer, Public 
Television and Radio at Michigan State University, East Lansing, 
Michigan.  His community involvement as a committee member/officer or 
trustee has been regular and diversified in health care and the arts.  He 
education, and the arts.

Mr. Taubman received his BA in Arts Administration from Michigan State 
University and has continued his professional education with a focus on 
the non-profit sector.  

** EFF Privacy and Technology Project **

An additional organizational change at EFF was the creation in May of the 
Goldman, former Director of the Privacy and Technology Project at the 
ACLU.  Ms. Goldman is assisted by Staff Counsel Deirdre K. Mulligan, a 

** Legal Services and Community Building **

Concurrent with the implementation of these recent changes, EFF's Board 
of Directors is committed to continued support for Legal Services and 
ncreased development of the Community Building aspect of EFF's mission.

"I am very optimistic about this change," said co-founder John Perry 
Barlow.  "Jerry Berman needs to be in a position to focus on policy, and 
than require his continuous attention to administrative detail.  EFF has 
a revitalized focus on community services and understanding the issues 
nvolved in civilizing cyberspace.  Drew Taubman is exactly the person to

For further information, please contact Kathleen Zaffina at 
kzaffina@eff.org or 202/347-5400.


Subject: Rep. Edwards Announcement on Digital Telephony, Oct. 7, 1994

Representative Don Edwards (D-CA), Chairman of the House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights, and principal House
author of the Digital Telephony bill which passed the House Wednesday,
asked EFF to forward the attached memo to the net community.

This memo does not represent EFF statements or policy.  Please direct
any comments to the office of Rep. Edwards.

Thank you


Date:           October 7, 1994

To:             Persons Interested in the Digital Telephony "Wiretap" Bill

From:           Don Edwards
                Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights
                House Judiciary Committee

My legislation, H.R. 4922, would be a major improvement over the current
Currently, the FBI holds the upper hand regarding decisions about security
and privacy, in a relationship that is shielded from public scrutiny.

mind.  Indeed, in opposing my bill the phone companies argued that no
legislation was needed because they were working to accommodate law
enforcement's demands without legislation.  For me, therefore, the key
questions were whether that accommodation would be developed in the
the requirements of law enforcement. 

** Closed Door Meetings or Sunshine **

For over a year, an industry committee that includes all of the major phone
companies, cellular providers and equipment manufacturers has been working
to ensure wiretap accessibility in new and existing systems.

The sloe mission of the committee is to satisfy law enforcement's stated
"needs".  Privacy is not within the charter of standards for digital
Advanced Intelligent Network, and cable TV systems.  The process is totally
closed to the public.  All participants in the meetings are required to
continue behind closed doors.

** Three Principles of Accountability **

This status quo is unacceptable.  Deliberations of industry and law
enforcement regarding the future of the telecommunications system should be
controlled in three ways, which my legislation would achieve:

(1)  Statutory parameters must be set on the scope of what can be required
of telephone companies.  Under current practice, law enforcement is
bill, in contrast, has substantially narrowed law enforcement's capability

(2)  Privacy must be a requirement on an equal footing with law enforcement
nterests.  Our bill, for the first time ever, requires telephone companies
to affirmatively protect the privacy and security of communications not
authorized to be intercepted, and gives the FCC regulatory authority over
ndustry compliance with privacy standards.  Up until now, phone companies
not had Been an artifact of telephone technology.

(3)  There must be sunshine and accountability.  Without H.R. 4922, the
"accommodate" law enforcement.  My bill requires that industry standards be
Accounting office will report every two years on what modifications have
been made in telecommunications systems and what modifications are being

** Internet Exempted from Wiretap Requirements in HR 4922 **

Finally, I should remind all interested persons that the bill does not
cover the Internet.  The report on the bill clearly states:

"The definition of telecommunications carrier does not include persons or
entities to the extent that they are engaged in providing information


For a copy of the latest version of the bill, see:

ftp.eff.org, /pub/EFF/Policy/Digital_Telephony/digtel94.bill

See digtel94_analysis.eff in the same directory for EFF's analysis of the
Leahy/Edwards Digital Telephony legislation.


Subject: National Research Council Study of National Cryptography Policy

** A Study of National Cryptography Policy **
             September 14, 1994
Cryptographic technologies are critical to a wide variety of important
military and civilian applications involving sensitive or classified
nformation that must be protected from unauthorized disclosure.  In
addition, cryptography is a key component of most authentication
technologies, i.e., technologies to guarantee the identity of a message's
U.S. economic competitiveness, national security, law enforcement
nterests, and protection of the rights of private U.S. citizens.
comprehensive study from the National Research Council on
cryptographic technologies and national cryptography policy.  The study
consultations, invited and contributed papers, and testimony at regional
nvited to submit input to the committee as described below.
The study plans to address the following issues:
    * the impact of current and possible future restrictions and standards
      regarding cryptographic technology on
        - the availability of such technology to foreign and domestic
          parties with interests hostile to or competitive with the
          national security, economic, commercial, and privacy
          interests of the U.S. government, U.S. industry, and private
          U.S. citizens;
        - the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers of such technology
          in the international market;
        - the competitiveness and performance of commercial U.S.
          users of such technology;
        - U.S. national security and law enforcement interests;
    * the strength of various cryptographic technologies known and
      anticipated that are relevant for commercial and private purposes;
    * current and anticipated demand for information systems security
      based on cryptography;
    * the impact of foreign restrictions on the use of, importation of, and
      the market for cryptographic technology;
    * the extent to which current cryptography policy is adequate for
      protecting U.S. interests in privacy, public safety, national
      security, and economic competitiveness;
    * strengths and weaknesses of current key escrow implementation
    * how technology now and in the future can affect the feasible policy
      options for balancing the national security and law enforcement
      interests of government and the privacy and commercial interests
      of U.S. industry and private U.S. citizens;
    * recommendations for the process through which national security,
      law enforcement, commercial, and privacy interests are balanced
      in the formulation of national cryptography policy.
The study will be conducted by a 17-member committee (listed at the
end of this document) that collectively has expertise in computer and
communications technology; cryptographic technologies and
cryptanalysis; foreign, national security, and intelligence affairs; law
enforcement; science policy; trade policy; commercial and business
users of cryptographic technologies); and interests in privacy and civil
liberties.  A subpanel of the full committee will be cleared at the SI
level and have access to all relevant information to ensure that the
findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the unclassified report
are consistent with what is known in the classified world.
The project plan calls for the study to be delivered approximately two
years after full processing of all necessary security clearances.
However, the NRC will make every attempt to deliver the study sooner,
and it currently believes that the core work of the study will be
completed about 18 to 20 months after funding for the study has been
The final report of the study committee is subject to NRC review
The main text of the report will be unclassified; classified annexes (if
any) will be made available only to those with the appropriate security

** Providing Input to the Committee **
The questions that the study is expected to examine are provided above.
Members of the interested public are invited to submit their views on
these questions and any other questions that you believe the committee
through these channels as well; the committee will respond affirmatively
to as many such requests as possible, but time and resource constraints
U.S. Mail:
      Cryptography Project
      Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
      National Research Council
      Mail Stop HA-560
      2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC  20418
** Committee to Study National Cryptography Policy **
Kenneth Dam, committee chair, was Deputy Secretary of State (1982-
Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
General W. Y. Smith, retired, committee vice-chair, is president
emeritus of the Institute for Defense Analyses, and has also served in a
number of military posts including that of deputy commander in chief of
the U.S. European Command in Germany.
Lee Bollinger, formerly dean of the University of Michigan Law School,
s currently provost of Dartmouth College and a constitutional scholar.
Ann Caracristi, retired, was Deputy Director of the National Security
Agency (1980-1982).
Benjamin Civiletti was U.S. Attorney General (1979-1981), and is
currently in private practice with the law firm Venable, Baetjer, Howard
and Civiletti.
Colin Crook is senior technology officer for Citicorp.
Samuel Fuller is vice president of corporate research at Digital
Equipment Corporation.
Leslie Gelb is president of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He served
as Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs
Ronald Graham is a director of information sciences at AT&T Bell Labs
and a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University.
Martin Hellman is professor of electrical engineering at Stanford
University.  Dr. Hellman was one of the inventors of public key
Julius Katz is president of Hills & Company, and was deputy United
States trade representative (1989-1993).
at SRI International.  He is the chairman of the ACM committee on
computers and public policy, and a member of the ACM study group on
cryptography policy.
Raymond Ozzie is president of Iris Associates, a wholly-owned
  developer of Lotus Notes.
Kumar Patel is vice chancellor for research at UCLA.
Edward Schmults was Deputy Attorney General of the United States
(1981-1984) and is a former senior vice president for external relations
and general counsel for the GTE Corporation.
Elliot Stone is executive director of the Massachusetts Health Data
Consortium, which is responsible for the collection and analysis of the
Willis Ware, retired, is with the RAND Corporation as senior computer
Advisory Board which was established by the Computer Security Act of
** Staff and Organizations **  
Marjory Blumenthal is director of the Computer Science and
Telecommunications Board (CSTB).
Herbert Lin is study director and senior staff officer of the CSTB.
via Internet at HLIN@NAS.EDU.
The National Research Council (NRC) is the operating arm of the
Academy complex, which includes the National Academy of Sciences,
the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.
The NRC provides impartial and independent advice to the federal
technical talent to answer questions of national significance.  In
addition, the NRC often acts as a neutral party in convening meetings
among multiple stakeholders on various controversial issues, thereby
facilitating the generation of consensus.
Within the NRC, the CSTB considers technical and policy issues
technologies as critical resources and sources of national economic
CSTB@NAS.EDU or by calling 202-334-2605.


Subject: Computers, Freedom and Privacy '95 - Call for Participation

The Fifth Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy -- CFP'95
Call for Participation

Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and
Stanford Law School
San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel
Burlingame, California

This is an invitation to submit session and topic proposals for inclusion in
the program of the Fifth Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy.

The advance of computer and telecommunications technologies holds great
efficiency in commerce to improved public health and safety and increased
transform our lives. New computer and telecommunications technologies are
bringing new meanings to our freedoms to speak, associate, be left alone,
learn, and exercise political power.

At the same time these technologies pose threats to the ideals of a just,
free, and open society. Political, social, and economic fairness may hinge on
ensuring those who are poor, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged have access
to these technologies. Personal privacy is increasingly at risk from invasion
by high-tech surveillance and eavesdropping. The myriad databases containing

Technological advances also enable new forms of illegal activity, posing new
these crimes can threaten the traditional barriers between the individual and
the state.

Even such fundamental notions as speech, assembly and property are being
transformed by these technologies, throwing into question the basic
Constitutional protections that have guarded them. Similarly, information
knows no borders; as the scope of economies becomes global and as networked
communities transcend international boundaries, ways must be found to

The Fifth Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy will assemble experts,
advocates and interested people from a broad spectrum of disciplines and
backgrounds in a balanced public forum to explore and better understand how
computer and telecommunications technologies are affecting freedom and privacy
n society. Participants will include people from the fields of computer

Topics covered in previous CFP conferences include:

Access to Government Information
Computers in the Workplace
Electronic Speech, Press and Assembly
Governance of Cyberspace
Role of Libraries on the Information Superhighway
Free Speech, Cryptography, and the Public Communications Network

We are also actively seeking proposals with respect to other possible topics
on the general subject of computers, freedom and privacy. Some new topics we
are considering include:

Telecommuting: Liberation or Exploitation?
Courtesy, and the Freedom to be Obnoxious
Commercial Life on the Net
How Does the Net Threaten Government Power?
Are Computers Killing Intellectual Property?
Universal Access to Network Services
The Meaning of Freedom in the Computer Age
Government-Mandated Databases

All proposals should be accompanied by a position statement of at least one
and other multi-person presentations should include a list of proposed

        CFP'95 Proposals
        Stanford Law and Technology Policy Center
        Stanford Law School
        Stanford, California 94305-8610

or by email to:  cfp95@forsythe.stanford.edu with the word "Proposal" in the
thorough consideration for inclusion in the formal program. The deadline for

Full time students are invited to enter the student paper competition. Winners
telecommunications technologies are affecting freedom and privacy in society.
All papers should be submitted to Professor Gary T. Marx by 20 November 1994.
Authors may submit their papers either by sending them as straight text via
email to:  Gary.Marx@colorado.edu or by sending six printed copies to:

University of Colorado
Campus Box 327
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0327
(303) 492-1697

Submitters should include the name of their institution, degree program, and a
nstitution and that the paper is an original, unpublished work of their own.

For more information on the CFP'95 program and advance registration, as it
becomes available, write to:

        CFP'95 Information
        Stanford Law and Technology Policy Center
        Stanford Law School
        Stanford, California 94305-8610

or send email to:  cfp95@forsythe.stanford.edu with the word "Information" in
the subject line.


Subject: EFF's Godwin to Speak at Criminal Law in Cyberspace Conf., 10/27/94

District of Columbia Bar Association

The New Technology Committee of the Computer Law Section, and the Criminal
Law and Individual Rights Section, invite you to a Panel Discussion entitled:


Speakers:      Scott Charney, Chief, Computer Crimes
               Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice

               Mike Godwin, Counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

               Mark D. Rasch, Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn

Moderator:     Andrew Grosso, Co-Chair, New Technology Committee

Whenever a new technology becomes prevalent, the law enters a period of
nvolving that technology, and for protecting the rights of people affected
by it.  We are now in such a period for the Internet and the developing
National Information Infrastructure (NII).  Of all legal fields, the struggle
concerning the criminal law is the most pronounced, since old statutes
must be narrowly construed to protect civil liberties, while used in a
creative fashion in order to deter malevolent acts which have never seen
before.   This program focuses on computer network crime having national
and international ramifications, including several recent investigations and

This panel brings together noted experts in the field of civil liberties and
computer crime to discusses the issues presented by the latest
Crimes Unit of the U. S. Department of Justice, and is actively involved
n the formulation of federal policy with regard to computer-related
crimes.  Mike Godwin is the On Line Legal Counsel for the Electronic
Frontier Foundation who is a respected defender of civil liberties for
telecommunications users.  Mark D. Rasch is prominent defense attorney
Justice, prosecuted the "Internet Worm" case  in 1989.  Andrew Grosso,
the panel moderator, is a Co-Chair of the New Technology Committee and
a former federal prosecutor.  Written materials by the panelists will
be distributed.

Date:     Thursday, October 27, 1994

Time:     12:00 Noon

           1250 H Street, N.W.

Cost:     Box Lunch:       $25.00 for Section members and
                             students; $30.00 for Non-Members.
          Program Only:    $19.00 for Section Members and students;
                             $24.00 for Non-Members.

** Registration Form **

Mail to:  Computer Law Section
          D.C. Bar, 1250 H Street, N.W. 6th Floor
          Washington, D.C.  20005-3908

Enclosed is my check for __________ made payable to the DC Bar.

Checks must be received by October 25.  Sorry, phone reservations cannot
be accepted.

Name(s)               Phone(s)               Bar No(s).         Bar Member?

 _____________         ____________           ___________          Yes/No

 _____________         ____________           ___________          Yes/No

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Subject: OTA Report - Information Security & Privacy in Network Environments

Washington, DC  20510

** Information Security and Privacy in Network Environments **

The OTA report "Information Security and Privacy in Network
Environments" is now available.  The report was released on
September 23, 1994.  Ordering information and details about
electronic access are at the end of this file.

** Congress Must Step in to Protect Personal Privacy **

As electronic transactions and records become central to
everything from commerce and tax records to health care, new
concerns arise for the security and privacy of networked
nformation.  These concerns, if not properly resolved,
threaten to limit networking's full potential in terms of
of Technology Assessment (OTA) in a report released today.

Some 20 to 30 million people worldwide can exchange messages
over the Internet.  Every day U.S. banks transfer about $1
trillion among themselves, and New York markets trade an
average of $2 trillion in securities.  Nearly all of these
transactions pass over information networks.

The report "Information Security and Privacy in Network
Environments" focuses on safeguarding unclassified
nformation in networks, not on the security or
of network services to ensure information access.

Appropriate safeguards must account for--and anticipate--
technical, institutional, and social changes that
ncreasingly shift responsibility for safeguarding
nformation to the end users, says OTA.  The laws currently
ntellectual property were largely developed for a time when
telegraphs, typewriters, and mimeographs were the commonly
used office technologies and business was conducted with

cryptography, are achieving new prominence.  OTA emphasizes
that decisions about cryptography policy will affect the
everyday lives of most Americans because cryptography will
commerce, and manage copyrighted material in electronic
form.  Congress has a vital role in formulating national
cryptography policy, says OTA, and more generally in
transactions and protecting personal privacy in a networked

A field of applied mathematics/computer science,
cryptography is the technique of concealing the contents of
a message by a code or a cipher.  The message is
unintelligible without special knowledge of some secret
(closely held) information, the key that "unlocks" the
encrypted text and reveals the original text.  Key
management is fundamental to security.  It includes

The federal government still has the most expertise in
cryptography, says OTA.  As a developer, user, and regulator
of safeguard technologies, the federal government faces a
fundamental tension between two important policy objectives:
fostering the development and widespread use of cost-
effective safeguards; and--through use of federal standards
and export controls--controlling the proliferation of
commercial safeguard technologies that can impair U.S.

The concern is reflected in the ongoing debates over key-
escrow encryption and the government's Escrowed Encryption
Standard (EES).  The Clinton Administration announced the
"escrowed-encryption" initiative, often called the "Clipper
chip," in 1993.  This type of encryption is intended to
allow easy decryption by law enforcement when the equivalent
of a wiretap has been authorized.  The Department of
Commerce issued the EES, developed by the National Security
Agency (NSA), as a federal information processing standard
for encrypting unclassified information in February 1994.

The initiative in general and the EES in particular have
controversy and unpopularity stem in large part from privacy
concerns and the fact that government-designated "escrow
agents" will hold the users' cryptographic keys.

Congress has asked the National Research Council (NRC) to
conduct a major study, expected to be available in 1996,
the course of such a review.  Because the timing of the NRC
of key-escrow encryption, one option would be to place a
a congressional policy review.

An important outcome of a broad review of national
cryptography policy, says OTA, would be the development of
more open processes to determine how cryptography will be
nfrastructures to support electronic commerce and network
use of copyrighted materials.   More openness would build
trust and confidence in government operations and leadership
and allow for public consensus-building.

OTA examines and offers policy options for congressional
consideration in three areas: 1) cryptography policy,
ncluding federal information processing standards and
export controls; 2) guidance on safeguarding unclassified
nformation in federal agencies; and 3) legal issues and
nformation security, including electronic commerce,

Requesters for the report are the Senate Committee on
Governmental Affairs and the House Subcommittee on
Telecommunications and Finance.

OTA is a nonpartisan analytical agency that serves the U.S.
Congress.  Its purpose is to aid Congress with the complex
and often highly technical issues that increasingly affect
our society.

** Congressional Comment **

Senator John Glenn (D-OH) Chairman, Senate Committee on
Governmental Affairs:

"In the new electronic age, we are relying more and
more on information technology to streamline government,
educate our children, make health care more accessible and
affordable, and make our businesses more productive and
competitive.  This rush to embrace a new age of technology
must not, however, obscure our ongoing responsibility to

"Because we need policies and practices to match the
asking the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) to study
am very happy to say that OTA's report provides an excellent
clear steps that Congress and the Executive Branch should
consider if we are to develop policies and practices equal
to the task of providing security and privacy protections in
an increasingly networked world.

"The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, which I
chair has already rung warning bells in this area.  Our
oversight of agency operations has uncovered threats to
Department of Defense computers and IRS employees browsing
through computerized taxpayer records.  We must recognize
that new technologies, particularly the development of
computer networks, are leapfrogging security and privacy
controls designed for a simpler time.  Policies and
match for the instantaneous world-wide flow of data through
computer networks.

"Addressing the needs of this new world demands that we
find fair balancing points among often competing imperatives
for personal privacy, law enforcement, national security,
OTA's very insightful report highlights the need for the
accountability.  Therefore, in the next Congress, this
Committee will continue its oversight of agency operations
and will pursue legislation to ensure that government
agencies handle data from citizens and businesses
maintaining security are held accountable for breaches or
misuse of their responsibilities.

"I commend the Office of Technology Assessment for its
timely and very insightful contribution to the development
of policies and practices that can match the realities of
the emerging electronic information age."

Senator William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE), Ranking Republican,
Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs:

"Since 1988, computer network security breaches have
 --today's information highway.  The ability of the
at stake.  For example, the Internal Revenue Service is
among those agencies who rely increasingly on computer
networks for such things as filing tax returns.  Anyone who
through their personal financial data.

"We need to recognize the potential danger and act
accordingly.  Last year, I asked the Office of Technology
Assessment to look at such problems and recommend changes.
are poorly structured to deal with information security.
Moreover, the report underscores the fact that much more

** How to Obtain This Report **

* ORDERING INFORMATION:  For copies of the 252-page report
"Information Security and Privacy in Network Environments"
for congressional use, please call (202) 224-9241.  Copies
for noncongressional use are available from the
Superintendent of Documents for $16.00 each.  To order, call
(202) 512-0132 (GPO's main bookstore) or (202) 512-1800 and
ndicate stock number 052-003-01387-8.  Or you can send
your check or your VISA or MasterCard number and expiration
For free 8-page summaries, please call (202) 224-8996.
Federal Express service is available for an additional $8.50

* ELECTRONIC ACCESS:  The full report is available
electronically.  To download via ftp from OTA, use the
following procedures: ftp to otabbs.ota.gov (
Login as anonymous.  Password is your e-mail address.  The
files are located in /pub/information.security and the file
names and sizes are:

STAFF.TXT          (1K)
TOC.TXT            (2K)
CH1.TXT            (93K)
CH2.TXT            (169)
CH3.TXT            (172K)
CH4.TXT            (299K)
APPC.TXT           (36K)
APPD.TXT           (3K)
APPE.TXT           (4K)

Appendix A--Congressional Letters of Request and
Appendix B--Computer Security Act and Related
Documents--are not available electronically.


Subject: GPO Puts Bills Online, but Wants You to Pay for Them Twice

The US Federal Government Printing Office announced last week that it 
"now has all Congressional Bills available online", as part of its "GPO
Access" program.  "The Congressional Bills database contains all published
versions of House and Senate bills introduced since the start of the 103d

Though the GPO promises updates to the database by 6am each publishing day,
the service is still of limited usefulness to those trying to track the
online access to the bills, and the Federal Register, even though your taxes
copyright and are often available from a variety of internet servers
(generally piecemeal - sites tend to archive only those documents related
to their own interests, though others are more comprehensive but lagging
behind or prohibitively expensive).  The Library of Congress' own LOCIS
this method of access leaves a lot to be desired compared to ftp, gopher,
or WWW access.

The GPO's Sept. 27, 1994 press release outlined several payment schedules

Other problems include failure to implement the system in accordance with
features), and failure to provide all of the available material to

On the bright side, access to Federal Depository Library patrons is free,
of the bills for a fee can be regarded as something of a good start (i.e.,
t did not require additional legislation to whip the GPO into gear).  But
s this enough to make this move by the GPO applaudable?  Or is this

For the original GPO press release, see:

ftp.eff.org, /pub/Alerts/gpo_online.announce

[Note: "Flaming" the GPO admins will not help.  What might go a long way,
over time, to getting these problems resolved are reasoned submissions
explaining why failure to adhere to the WAIS standard, and why charging for
access to something that is far cheaper to produce than its paper
equivalent (and already paid for anyway), are perhaps misguided solutions.
Readers might additionally like to know that Congress's General Accounting
Office (GAO) is now putting it's material online, but also for a fee.]


Subject: Horde of New NII Documents Online at EFF

There's been a flurry of document-releasing recently at the Information
Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Patent &
Trademark Office.  EFF is archiving many of the more important documents,
ncluding several time-sensitive notices of inquiry, annoucements of
conferences, and requests for comments, all of which YOU can participate in.

How much of this is hype and how much of this deserves serious attention
s a good question, but one might wish to keep in mind that the more
agencies talk about regulating NII issues at the same time they are talking
about the NII being more like (or just plain being) the Internet, the
closer they are to talking about regulating the Internet outright.  Speak
up now or forever hold thy peace.  There are several Requests for Comment
ncluded in here, and you owe it to yourself to submit clear and direct
comments letting regulators know what you think needs to be done or not done.

Available from:

ftp.eff.org, /pub/EFF/Policy/OP/

[NOTE: Due to large number of IITF docs, IITF material may be moved to
a Gov_docs subdirectory of .../OP - if you find that the files aren't there,

cat_iitf.charter - Charter of the IITF Committee on Applications and Tech.

fed_med_edu_agri_nii_funding.notices - pile of Federal govt. funding mechan-
                                       ism and grant notices re: agricultur-
                                       al telecom, telemedicine, and distance

                Maybe some less parochial memes are catching on?

                     Working Group

itf.faq - factsheet on IITF, what it is, and what it does.

itf_0912.report - monthly IITF Committee Report for Sept. 1994

itf_goals_nii.paper - Selection of IITF papers, "The Information Infrastruc-
                       ture: Reaching Society's Goals".

nii_access_051394_ntia_cpuc_hearing.summary - Summary of NTIA and Calif. Pub.
                                              Utility Commission hearing
                                              on open access and the NII

nii_access_051394_ntia_cpuc_hearing.transcript - transcript of above hearing

nii_prinicples_progress.report - Clinton Administration "NII Progress Report"
                                 and "NII Principles and Actions: A Checklist
                                 of Progress" report, 93-94.  
                                 See also WWW version at: 

nist_nii_framework.report - NIST report, "Framework for NII Services".
                            See http://www.eff.org/papers/otherpapers.html
                            for WWW version with graphics.

npr_it_082294.report - NPR report, "Reengineering Through Information

ntia_iitf_nii_94_hearings.report - NTIA/IITF summary of 1994 hearings
                                   on NII, open access and universal service.
                                   Subtitled "America Speaks Out", natch.

ntia_iitf_uniserv_conf.announce - Announcement of NTIA/IITF virtual
                                  conference on universal service and the
                                  NII.  * TIME SENSITIVE - DEADLINE: OCT. 14,
                                 1994 *

ntia_uniserv_access.noi - NTIA Notice of Inquiry on NII universal service
                          & open access issues.  * TIME SENSITIVE - DEADLINE:
                          DEC. 14, 1994

omb_gils.notice - OMB bulletin on establishment of a Government Information
                  Locator Service (GILS)

                            and IITF) on Commercial Security in the NII.
                            * TIME SENSITIVE - DEADLINE: OCT. 13, 1994 *

                            in response to PTO's Request for Comments on
                            draft report on the NII and Intellectual Property
                            Rights. * TIME SENSITIVE - DEADLINE: OCT. 21,
                            1994 *

                                 Infrastructure to Work"

                                   individuals and organizations on the
                                   above report

                                    Irving's Sept. 20 1994 US Senate testimony
                                    before the Antitrust, Monopolies and Bus-
                                    iness Rights Subcommittee of the Judiciary
                                    on S. 1822, the would-be Communications
                                    Act of 1994 (Senate companion to the
                                    Markey bill, HR. 3636, which implemented
                                    most of EFF's Open Platform NII

                                           testimony to House of Rep. on
                                           satellite-based technologies and
                                           the GII

tpwg_cat_iitf.charter - Charter of the Technology Policy Working Group of 
                        the Committee on Applications and Technology of IITF


Subject: What YOU Can Do

"The net poses a fundamental threat not only to the authority of the
think, and influence one another without any institutional supervision
  - John Seabrook, "My First Flame", _New_Yorker_ 06/06/94

Ensuring the democratic potential of the technologies of computer-mediated
communication requires active participation in the political processes that
are accustomed to making decisions about the future of technology, media,
education, and public access to information, with far-reaching and
long-lasting effects on citizens and their lives, but are accustomed to
corporations, and other government representatives.

Now, more than ever, EFF is working to make sure that you can play an
active role in making these choices. Our members are making themselves heard
on the whole range of issues. EFF collected over 5000 letters of support
for Rep. Maria Cantwell's bill to liberalize restrictions on cryptography. 
We also gathered over 1400 letters supporting Sen. Leahy's open hearings on
the proposed Clipper encryption scheme, which were held in May 1994.  And
EFF collected over 90% of the public comments that were submitted to NIST
Additionally, EFF has worked for the passage of legislation that would
ensure open access to the information infrastructure of today and tomorrow,
and continues to provide some of the best online resources on privacy,
ntellectual freedom, the legalities of networking, and public access to

You *know* privacy, freedom of speech and ability to make your voice heard
n government are important. You have probably participated in our online
campaigns and forums.  Have you become a member of EFF yet?  The best way to
opinions heard.  EFF members are informed and are making a difference.  Join
EFF today!

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