Organised by: Humanities Computing Unit, University of Oxford, http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk/beyond/
Access, Culture, Museums, Libraries, Internet, Censorship, Policing, Control, Civil Liberties
We are constantly being told that the new technologies, and particularly the Internet will bring unparalleled benefits to society by increasing access to all manner of resources, educational, cultural, and entertainment. Yet at the same time we read of Internet scare stories about the availability of pornography, racist material, and information inciting violence. How can we square this circle? Is the Internet Beyond Control, or are we Through the Looking Glass into a wonderland of strange and new adventures.
Set in the historical Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union, distinguished speakers will present their views and debate the future shape of our cultures landscape. The format of Beyond Control will be a mixture of presentations, open discussion, and debates. We will aim to stimulate discussion between the speakers and encourage the audience to participate fully.
The list of invited speakers is growing all the time, and at the moment we are pleased to announce the following.
Morning Session: Accessing Cultural Networks
Speakers will *include*:
Afternoon Session: Policing the Internet (co-organised with Cyber-Rights & Cyber Liberties (UK))
An in-depth debate on Government policies on policing the internet - how essential are these? Can they work? How much of a threat do they pose to civil liberties? The debate will be led by two speakers for, and two speakers against a motion presented to the house, followed by open discussion and a vote. The invited presenters are:
Prof Nadine Strossen, New York Law School, & President of the American Civil Liberties Union * Mr Yaman Akdeniz, Director of Cyber-Rights & Cyber Liberties (UK)
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Mr John Abbott, Director General of the National Criminal Intelligence Service * Mr David Kerr, CEO, Internet Watch Foundation
Who Should Come to Beyond Control?
Anyone interested in the potential benefits and problems the Internet poses for increasing access to resources, be they cultural, or ephemeral.
The colloquium will be of interest to:
museums * libraries * academics * publishers * students * IT and Information specialists * the general public * civil liberty experts * criminologists * Internet providers * and so on ...
Venue: The Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union
The Oxford Union is the worlds most famous debating society. Established in 1823 and located in glorious Victorian Buildings in the heart of Oxford University, it aims to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe (for more information see http://www.oxford-union.org/).
For the last five years the Humanities Computing Unit has organised a series of successful events which have discussed the place of technology in the spheres of literature, learning, and our cultural resources. In 1999 we brought together a number of illustrious speakers in the Oxford Union to look Beyond Art which discussed how technology asserts itself on the creative arts (selected papers can be found at: http://info.ox.ac.uk/ctitext/beyond/).
More information about the Humanities Computing Unit is available from http://www.hcu.ox.ac.uk
Costs per place are as follows:
40.00 - educational
100.00 - commercial
5.00 - student/unwaged
Please note that lunch is not included in the price. Please book early as spaces are limited. Concessions for block bookings of five or more (though not at the student rate) are available; please contact the organisers below for more details. A small number of reduced price places will be available for members of the Oxford Union and Oxford University. Cheques should be made payable to Oxford University Computing Services and sent to the organisers below.
To register for this event please complete the tear-off slip below and return it by 14th April 2000 to:
Humanities Computing Unit
OUCS, 13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN.
Tel. +44 (0)1865 273221
Fax. +44 (0)1865 273275
I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR A PLACE ON THE HUMANITIES COMPUTING UNITSBEYOND CONTROL ONE-DAY COLLOQUIUM ON APRIL 28th 2000
I ENCLOSE A CHEQUE FOR 40.00 (pounds sterling) [Educational Rate]/100.00 [Commercial Rate]/5.00 [Student/Unwaged rate] MADE PAYABLE TO OXFORD UNIVERSITY COMPUTING SERVICES.