Grand Challenge: The Ultimate information system will work so well that finding information is as easy as remembering it.
*Project Gutenberg, the premier source on the Internet for free literature. I'm Director & CEO (working as a volunteer) of the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
Student. I'm pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. It is very engaging, lots of work, and proving to be a major upgrade in my world view and skillset. BGI is top-notch.
"Yesterday I was clever, so I was trying to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." (Rumi)
My *Vita, with links to papers and other materials. This includes description of my position as Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Here's great quote that I think describes scientists, hackers, artists, and many others of the same ilk:
"... constitutionally incable of accepting authority"
Actually, that's a precise definition of a scientist's core competence."
Stephen Baxter, Flood. New York: ROC. p.161.
*TeraScale Retrieval, NSF-funded research for experimental software for information retrieval (no longer under active development.)
Who is this Guy?
Pacifist. I'm against all war. There's a great site that looks at the human and other costsofwar.org. These costs are for decades, not just the up-front expenses of soldiers and munitions.
Vegan. I'm against eating or exploiting animals. People ask me why I'm vegan. Here are reasons why I am a vegan. In favor of social reform that creates opportunity for people, with literacy a key part of creating opportunity. Visit Yahoo's Vegan pages; the Vegan FAQ (one of several) is especially informative. Don't be duped by the billions of dollars spent by meat industry every year to make you think meat has benefits. For a great case in point, read all about McDonalds in mcspotlight.org. Don't worry about being alone - take a look at this list of famous vegetarians & vegans.
More than war, racism or even imperialism, the global economy depends on the exploitation of non-human life. [...] The modern death culture cannot tolerate a philosophy that values life over wealth and power. "Peter," in EF!J Eostar 2006 p. 19.
Pro higher-education. Isn't everyone? This article by Lisa Featherstone from the June 10 2009 issue of The Nation says how higher education could be free for everyone -- for much less money than you would think.
Anti-Corporate Media. Radio and Internet. I co-founded (with Ann Bishop) *Prairienet, the community network of Urbana-Champaign Illinois. I've also been active with iBiblio, the Public's Library, in Chapel Hill. I've had a life-long passion for music and gadgets, and a good place to put them together is radio. I did The Lone Rhinoceros Show and lots of other stuff (music & programming, engineering and events) at WEFT, community radio in Champaign. I was on the air for a couple of years, and involved with radio production, at WXDU, Duke University's community radio station. These days, I can be heard Thursday mornings from 10am-noon on KSUA, UAF's student-run radio with my show, Notes from the Underground. Yes, there are non-commercial alternatives, and they are great!!!
Media, animals, and other themes get me thinking about the theme of ownership. This is a concept that is so built-into us that envisioning a non-ownership society is nearly impossible. Is it possible? Ursela LeGuin's groundbreaking science fiction nodel, The Dispossessed goes into this, and it is fascinating to me to read how the anarchist from another planet (also referred to as a "non-authoritarian communist") sees the "propertarians." Some quotes:
"To make a thief, make an owner; to create crime, create laws."
Environmentalist. How many environments do you have to live in? What's happening to the one we share? Get educated about environmental issues - visit Envirolink or get informed about the environmental movement - try Earth First! Journal. Some easy steps to help: become *paperless.
Teacher. I started teaching university classes about the Internet in 1988, and though my current job doesn't have regular teaching duties, I'm still teaching in many other ways. See *my old UNC pages for links to classes and other items, or local copies of my INLS187 Information Security class.
Hacker and security expert. I've been active in organizing hacker conferences including HAL 2001 and 2600's H2K, H2K2, The Fifth HOPE, and The Last HOPE. I believe that hacking is ethical, and even presented some ideas for a *teaching hacker ethics and a *hacker's code. I'm a certified information security professional (CISSP) with several papers and conference proceedings on information security, data integrity and privacy.
Note: Items with a *are my own pages or projects; others are external links.
My pgp/gpg key
A few more quotes I like:
Liberty is about our rights to question everything. -- Ai Weiwei (2012).
If you are made a leader, do not magnify yourself, but among your men, be as one of them. -- Edmund, King of the East Angles (840-870).
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. Robert Jarvik.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. Albert Einstein.