The SIGGRAPH Public Policy Program Report for 2000
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[ The SIGGRAPH Public Policy Program Report for 2000 ]
The mission of the SIGGRAPH Public Policy Program is to provide
visibility of relevant public policy information, such as proposed
legislation, to SIGGRAPH members and others in the computer graphics
technical community and to provide information on the implications of
technology to the non technical community, including policy makers and
funding agencies. We do so by our "Computer Graphics" column, our web
serving as a catalyst for studies on computer graphics research topics,
participation in conferences addressing policy issues, conducting issues
surveys, writing white papers and working with ACM public policy groups,
such as USACM.
I have some excellent assistance. Myles Losch provides us with
expertise in the areas of telecommunications policy and digital aspects
of intellectual property issues. David Nelson is our volunteer
webmaster. Laurie Reinhart provides editorial support and assists David
with the website.
We have developed special emphasis on several issues. In our most
far-reaching project, we have been working with the computer graphics
research community on defining a study of computer graphics research
topics. We have developed a project description for a NRC study and
have requested comments from key members of the computer graphics
community. We are currently reviewing the comments received.
We have placed special emphasis on the interaction of computer graphics
and the Internet. Believing that broadband Internet access is a
necessity for successful computer graphics on the Internet, we have
commented extensively on the technology and issues associated with
services such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable modems
Long before the
popular press commented on the security and privacy aspects of these
services, we were alerting SIGGRAPH members
Computer graphics and intellectual property (IP) issues have also been
important. In particular, we have written extensively on digital copy
protection schemes in use with DVD technology and proposed for digital
TV, which strengthen the rights of owners of IP and may limit the rights
of consumers under fair use concepts and home recording rights.
We have previously reviewed CFP conferences and our role in them
http://www.siggraph.org/pub policy/CGColumn-0899.html). We had a major
presence at the CFP2000 conference jointly proposing two sessions. With
the support of Myles Losch, I led the proposal for and chaired a plenary
session on Security and Privacy in Broadband Internet Services.
Panelists included representatives from DSL and cable Internet
providers, consumer ISP activities and research. Because the conference
was held in Toronto this year and to highlight the special situation in
Canada (cable Internet providers must provide open access to all ISPs),
two of the panelists were Canadian.
Myles Losch proposed a session on the open access cable Internet issue
and then combined it with another session proposal to provide an all
Canadian session on The Broadband Internet and Free Speech. Speakers
addressed the rationale for, and free speech implications of, Canada's
open (or equal) access policy for cable modem service; and the speech
inequalities that broadband Internet service can create, especially for
small or poorly funded speakers. A University of Toronto professor
chaired the panel, which included an expert faculty colleague, key
regulatory officials from the telephone and cable television industries,
and a top government regulator.
At S2000, we will hold our annual committee and SIG meetings. At our
committee meeting we will have a representative of Congressman Billy
Tauzin's (Chair of the House Sub-Committee on Telecommunications) staff.
Finally, we have introduced via our website our third public policy
survey (http://www.siggraph.org/pub-policy). This survey seeks
responses on key public policy issues of interest to the computer
graphics community and the roles of ACM and SIGGRAPH.