Archive:2005-03-06

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Can someone else please fill in the rest of the agenda? -- Gavin 15:28, 2 Mar 2005 (EST)

I think there's simply too much on this agenda for a one hour call. Let's try to weed out the (most) time-sensitive stuff and try to tackle that. E.g., Blogshine is a must. -- Nick

Agenda

Blogshine Sunday

What is the status?

  • Need a good logo w/ color scheme for site
  • Need design of site
  • Gavin needs help writing text and doing design.
  • Nick's pathetic attempt at a logo here

UAEM Conference in San Fran

Who's going, what they're doing

Signing on to Budapest Initiative, Geneva Declaration

Luke? Status?

Grokster

What, if anything, are we doing for Grokster?

Candlelight Vigil

"A vigil for innovation" Is this a good idea? If so, how should we do it? Could be good camera fodder, other blogs and organizations should pick it up and do most of the work for us.

FAQ

We could avoid a lot of the clueless e-mails and flames that we get (which we have to respond to) if we had a good FAQ on the website.

Legislation

OPEN Government Act

Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2005 (S. 394), sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.). In Senate Judiciary Committee, expected hearing mid-March.

News
Endorsements
The text of more endorsement letters is available in the public record of the bill's introduction
  • American Association of Law Libraries
  • American Civil Liberties Union, Feb. 16, 2005
  • American Library Association
  • American Society of Newspaper Editors
  • Associated Press Managing Editors
  • Association of Health Care Journalists
  • Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Coalition of Journalists for Open Government
  • Committee of Concerned Journalists
  • Education Writers Association
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Federation of American Scientists/Project on Government Secrecy
  • Free Congress Foundation/Center for Privacy & Technology Policy
  • Freedom of Information Center, University of Missouri
  • The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
  • The Heritage Foundation/Center for Media and Public Policy
  • Information Trust
  • National Conference of Editorial Writers
  • National Freedom of Information Coalition
  • National Newspaper Association
  • National Security Archive/George Washington University
  • Newspaper Association of America, Feb. 16, 2005
  • People for the American Way
  • Project on Government Oversight, Feb. 16, 2005
  • Radio-Television News Directors Association
  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Society of Environmental Journalists

Verified Voting

Count Every Vote Act

S 450, sponsored by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and 5 co-sponsors. In Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

In House, HR 939, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio). "Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned."

News
Voting Integrity and Verification Act

HR 704, sponsored by Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) and Rep Shelley Berkley (D-NV). In House Committee on House Administration.

News
Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act

HR 550, sponsored by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and 102 co-sponsors. In House Committee on House Administration.

Family Entertainment and Copyright Act

This dinosaur has been kicking around for a while. Can someone who understands government-ese interpret where this bill is actually at?

Local Community Radio Act

S 312, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and 2 co-sponsors. In Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

The Copyfight

  • http://www.thecopyfight.com/ - documentary film, CC licensed, to be distributed on BitTorrent
  • Ways we can help
    • Press: Yaz could guest-blog some entries for us about the film. We could blog about it or mention it on Announce.
      • Additionally, the copyright situation in Canada has gone somewhat unnoticed there -- we could help raise the bar with guest entries from Yaz.
    • Seeding: This will need people to download it and offer it on BT when it's released. We could try to coordinate people offering it for upload.
    • Transcription / translation: We could try to get our students involved in transcribing and translating the film and other footage shot.


Core Team

  • Should we clean up the Core Team of people no longer involved? How do we do that?