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Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

May 20 - May 23, 2000, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of Washington HUB
Seattle, Washington, USA

Cyberspace is likely to become the dominant medium through which people create and share information and ideas in the future. How these conversations about the environment, culture, leisure, and political decisions, are conducted is everybody's business. We need your help in addressing questions such as:

 What directions and implications does cyberspace foretell for community, democracy, education and culture?
 What is the public sphere in cyberspace?
 What should it be?
 How can people use it?
 What experiments, projects, and policies should we initiate?

This symposium is the seventh in CPSR's "Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing" (DIAC) symposium series. This symposium tackles important public interest issues related to computing and communications that are often neglected by the news media.

The objective of DIAC-2000 is to integrate many perspectives, conversations, and people from around the world. What is the public sphere in cyberspace? What should it be? How can people use it? What experiments, projects, and policies should we initiate?

There is more to cyberspace than e-commerce!

We need stories, theories, and ideas that can help us discuss, reflect,
  and take action.

Social and environmental activists, educators, technologists, government officials, artists, journalists, researchers, and citizens are coming from all over the world to participate. Prominent researchers and activists from Europe who are working on issues from human rights to cultural policy have also been invited. You'll want to be there too!

Time and Place. On-site registration opens at 8:00 AM on May 20 and at 9:00 AM on May 21. The daytime program begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. The main events (May 20 and May 21) will take place in the HUB Auditorium on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. We are planning smaller, focussed events that emerge from attendee's interests for May 22 and May 23. Exciting evening events are also in the works. Watch this space.

Registration . Registration costs are $35 for students & low income ($50 after May 1); $65 for CPSR and members of endorsing organizations ($85 after May 1); and $95 ($120 after May 1) for others. Some scholarships will be available. You may register by mail or electronically.

The Future of the Network Society: Live it or Live with it!

Celebrate the Future at our fantastic benefit. This event is open to the public and all proceeds go to CPSR. Music by Seattle headliners Heather Duby and Circuitry (featuring members of MAKTUB), as well as dancing, fire performances, high tech fashions, cyberart, interactive art events, and much more. The event may be streamed over the Internet. The party is at Seattle premier nightclub iSpy, alley entrance, 1921 Fifth Avenue, Sunday May 21 at 8 PM. Cover is $15 at the door for this 21 and over event. See ya there!

$15 (reduced!!) is the suggested donation. (Please consider an additional contribution to help CPSR organize programs like this in the future.)

Volunteers Wanted. For registration, workshop coordination, virtual conference, and outreach. (And registration is free for volunteers!) For information about volunteering, please contact Ti Locke (

Program. We're still developing a spectacular program, so the list of events is not complete yet. We do know that notables like Veran Matic, Geert Lovink, and Cees Hamelink will be attending, along with activists, researchers, policy makers, artists, and many others. Keep checking in! We're adding updated information as soon as it's available.

Workshops. As in our 1997 Community Space and Cyberspace symposium there will a great selection of interactive workshops.

Organizational Support. We are interested in working with a variety of organizations. Please contact us if your organization would like to become a co-sponsor, supporter or endorser.

Welcome to Seattle. We'd like to help make it easier for you to get to Seattle, stay in Seattle, and enjoy Seattle while you're here.

DIAC-2000 promises to be one of the most timely and significant conferences on Cyberspace ever. We expect an exciting dialogue between educators, librarians, government officials, journalists, and other community members. Please mark your calendars to attend and help make "Shaping the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace" as important and inspiring as possible.

We hope to see you in Seattle!

Important Dates. May 1, 2000 revised abstracts due. May 20 - May 23, 2000 DIAC-00. The final papers, ready for book / journal, will be due sometime in summer 2000.

Publications. We are planning to publish abstracts and workshop descriptions on our web site. Proceedings will be provided at the symposium and will also be available from CPSR. We are also planning to publish a book based on this symposium.

The Virtual Coalition. We are pleased to be a member of the Global 2000 Community Virtual Coalition. The Virtual Coalition is a loosely affiliated group of people, organizations, and events all over the world who are working together in the year 2000 to help promote democratic use of communication technology and discourage social exclusion due to inequitable access to communication.

DIAC-00 is sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

DIAC-00 is co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, Daniel Evans School of Public Affairs, the Association For Community Networks, Friends and Partners, Seattle Community Network Association, City of Seattle Department of Information Technology in cooperation with the Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB), U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA), Dutch Virtual Platform, and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM)/Open Studio.

We'd like to thank eGroups, the Morino Institute, Full Circle Associates, and craigslist for their support.

For more information about the symposium, please contact conference organizer Doug Schuler,, 206.634.0752.


The National Telecommunication and Information Administration's involvementin this conference does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any private entity that may have contributed to the conference, or its products and services.