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Re: Public Sphere Project & StratML

From: Andre Cusson <acusson@01COMMUNICATIONS.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:30:18 -0400
Message-id: <51B09CFA.4010309@01COMMUNICATIONS.com>
To: Owen Ambur <Owen.Ambur@verizon.net>, douglas@publicsphereproject.org
Cc: 'Steven Clift' <clift@e-democracy.org>, 'newswire' <newswire@groups.dowire.org>, 'brigade' <brigade@codeforamerica.org>, 'sunlightlabs' <sunlightlabs@googlegroups.com>, inclusion@forums.e-democracy.org, practitioners@ecampaigningforum.com, 'eGovIG IG' <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Hi Owen, Everyone,

The PSP2 StratML document has been converted to StratML Part2 as well as 
added and rendered to its respective Web site (1175+) on the StratML 
portal, at

As usual, all StratML documents are also available for editing, in 
preloaded StratML Part2 forms, from the "Edit" link beside the 
corresponding entry in the alphabetical StratML document list at

The other StratML portal indexes have also been updated accordingly, as 
well as the stakeholders and statistics pages, respectively at


Andre Cusson
514 583 0601

> I converted the Public Sphere Project’s about statement to StratML 
> format for inclusion in our collection at 
> http://xml.fido.gov/stratml/drybridge/index.htm#PSP2 or, more 
> specifically, http://xml.fido.gov/stratml/carmel/PSP2wStyle.xml
> The vision of the StratML standard (ANSI/AIIM 21:2009 & 22:2011) is: 
> *A worldwide web of intentions, stakeholders, and results*.  Its more 
> explicit purposes are outlined at 
> http://xml.fido.gov/stratml/index.htm#DefinitionPurposes
> Section 10 
> <http://xml.fido.gov/stratml/references/PL111-532StratML.htm#SEC10> of 
> the GPRA Modernization Act (GPRAMA) requires U.S. federal agencies to 
> publish their strategic and performance plans and reports in 
> machine-readable format, like StratML.
> It would be good if the Public Sphere Project could help extend that 
> good practice to all organizations deliberating public issues worldwide.
> Owen Ambur
> Chair, AIIM StratML Committee 
> <http://www.aiim.org/Research-and-Publications/Standards/Committees/StratMLC:/Users/Owen%20Ambur/Documents/Ambur%20Children%20Tax%20Info>
> Co-Chair Emeritus, xml.gov <http://xml.fid.gov/> CoP
> Communications/Membership Director, FIRM 
> <http://firmcouncil.org/index.htm>
> Former Project Manager, ET.gov <http://ambur.net/et/ETGovHistory.htm>
> Invited Expert, W3C eGov IG 
> <http://www.w3.org/2000/09/dbwg/details?group=42481&public=1>
> *From:*Steven Clift [mailto:clift@e-democracy.org]
> *Sent:* Friday, May 24, 2013 3:06 PM
> *To:* newswire; brigade; sunlightlabs; 
> inclusion@forums.e-democracy.org; practitioners@ecampaigningforum.com; 
> eGovIG IG
> *Subject:* Fwd: [NCDD-DISCUSSION] CPSR dissolution and Gary Chapman, 
> Winner of CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award
> A pioneering network in our space ...
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Doug Schuler" <douglas@publicsphereproject.org 
> <mailto:douglas@publicsphereproject.org>>
> Date: May 8, 2013 12:00 AM
> Subject: [NCDD-DISCUSSION] CPSR dissolution and Gary Chapman, Winner 
> of CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award
> To: <NCDD-DISCUSSION@lists.thataway.org 
> <mailto:NCDD-DISCUSSION@lists.thataway.org>>
> Cc:
> Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility Dissolution and
> Gary Chapman, Winner of CPSR's Norbert Wiener Award for Social and 
> Professional Responsibility
> It is my unenviable task to announce that Computer Professionals for 
> Social Responsibility (CPSR), a non-profit educational corporation, 
> has been dissolved.
> CPSR was launched in 1981 in Palo Alto, California, to question the 
> computerization of war in the United States via the Strategic 
> Computing Initiative to use artificial intelligence in war, and, soon 
> after, the Strategic Defense Initiative — “Star Wars”. Over the years 
> CPSR evolved into a “big tent” organization that addressed a variety 
> of computer-related areas including workplace issues, privacy, 
> participatory design, freedom of information, community networks, and 
> many others.
> Now, of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of organizations 
> and movements that are concerned not only about the misuses of ICT by 
> governments and corporations (and others) but also about trying to 
> develop approaches that help communities work together to address 
> issues related to economic and other inequalities and environmental 
> degradation — as well as broader issues such as war and peace.
> CPSR to me provided a vital link to important ideas and to 
> inspirational and creative people. These people believed that positive 
> social change was possible and that the use of ICT /could/ play a 
> significant role. For example, in 1993, CPSR developed a document 
> designed to help shape the National Information Infrastructure (NII) 
> program promoted by the Clinton/Gore administration to help guide the 
> evolution of networked digital communication. Through a variety of 
> conferences, workshops and reports, CPSR encouraged conversations 
> about computers and society that went beyond hyperbole and 
> conventional wisdom.
> Although in many ways the issues that CPSR helped publicize have 
> changed forms they generally still remain. The ethical and other 
> issues surrounding the computerization of war, for one thing, have not 
> gone away just because they’re not prominent on the public agenda. 
> CPSR’s original focus on the use of artificial intelligence in “battle 
> management” etc. and the possibility of launch on warning is probably 
> still pertinent. The advent of ubiquitous and inexpensive drones 
> definitely is.
> Apparently, as many people know, the age of the participatory 
> membership organizations is over — their numbers are certainly way 
> down — and we in CPSR had certainly noticed that trend. I personally 
> suspect that this development is not necessarily a good thing. I 
> certainly would welcome another membership organization with CPSR’s 
> Big Tent orientation.
> On the occasion of CPSR’s dissolution we’ve developed two small 
> projects for keeping CPSR’s spirit alive.
> The first is that it would be a good opportunity to catalog the groups 
> and organizations around the world that would be natural allies to 
> CPSR if it still existed. We’ve started this cataloging (see 
> http://www.publicsphereproject.org/civic_organizations) but presumably 
> have only captured a small fraction of these organizations. Please 
> open an account on the Public Sphere Project site and add the 
> information about your organization.
> The second is less concrete but probably no less important. To help 
> the current and future generation of activists as we envision possible 
> futures and interventions, we’d like to put these two related 
> questions forward: /What applications of ICT are the most important to 
> human development and sustainability?/ And, on the other hand, /What 
> are the strongest challenges to these applications?/ Please email me 
> your thoughts on this and I will do my best to compile the thoughts 
> and make them public.
> *********
> [deleted]
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