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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    Issue #104     A Publication of The Nature Institute        March 21, 2000
                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
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    Editor's Note
    Quotes and Provocations
       Bill Joy's Warning from on High
       Education by Acronym
       The New, Soulless University?
       Why Do We Celebrate Change While Refusing It?
       Email Is Not a Solitary Activity (Jiri Baum)
       Response to Jiri Baum (Langdon Winner)
       Against Electronic Voting (Steve Baumgarten)
    Announcements and Resources
       Loka Institute Conference
       Adbusters and TV Turnoff Week
    About this newsletter
                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    In the forthcoming Whole Earth (Spring, 2000), Howard Rheingold offers a
    nice compliment to NetFuture:  "an important critical voice in the age of
    hype".  His brief note cites NetFuture alongside Phil Agre's Red Rock
    Eater News Service (http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/rre.html) --
    excellent company to find oneself in!  Whole Earth, by the way, is as
    stimulating and useful a magazine as you will ever find.
    At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference (CFP 2000) in Toronto,
    I'll deliver an April 5 luncheon address entitled "How Technology Can
    Enslave Us".  For information about the conference, which runs from April
    4 - 7, see http://www.cfp2000.org/ .
    Incidentally, I keep full details of my speaking schedule at
    http://www.praxagora.com/~stevet/personal/schedule.html .  I'm usually game
    to combine one event with another in the same geographic area.
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                             QUOTES AND PROVOCATIONS
    Bill Joy's Warning from on High
    It is wonderful to see Bill Joy's warning about high-tech risks (Wired,
    April, 2000) producing such an impressive media splash.  The warning's
    origin in the high-tech engineering pantheon, together with its appearance
    in a publication wedded to exciting images of the high-tech future, seems
    to have guaranteed maximum notoriety.  We can hope that Joy's effectively
    written piece will pry open the media a little further for public
    discussion of technology's risks -- even after the sensation of the moment
    fades into the next curiosity.
    In one of the first counters to Joy, Microsoft's chief technology officer,
    Nathan Myhrvold, was quoted in the New York