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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hosted 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. I also had a show for a few years on KSUA, UAF's student-run radio with my show, Notes from the Underground. Yes, there are non-commercial alternatives, and they are great!!!
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. One way way to get started: 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.
Security expert. I'm a certified information security professional (CISSP) with several papers and conference proceedings on information security, data integrity and privacy. I have spoken at hacker events, encouraging creative thinking and investigations strongly guided by an ethical compass.
Note: Items with a *are my own pages or projects; others are external links.
My pgp/gpg key
A few more quotes I like:
I've been engaged in what I call comprehensive anticipatory design science.
There will always be problems ahead -- problems are the essential catalysts of growthful life. The problems of tomorrow will not be predominantly physical but predominantly problems of intellectual integrity. -- Buckminister Fuller (Ideas and Integrities, 1963).
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.