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Activism, Projects, Service

Activities and Honors []

  • American Library Association, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property (Committee on Legislation), 2007-present.
  • Life Sciences Society, Advisory Board: Open Source & Open Content Advisor, 2005-present.
  • Workshop Participant, "Intellectual Property Clinics Meeting," American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., Sept. 21-22, 2006.
  • Election Protection Coalition, Electronic Voting Machines Group; 2004; 2006.
  • Workshop Participant, "Educational Fair Use," Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Cambridge, MA, May 18, 2006.
  • Workshop Participant, "Economics of Open Content," Cambridge, MA, Jan. 23-24, 2006.
  • Computers, Freedom & Privacy, 2004, Program Committee, 2003-04.
  • Student Service, Boalt Hall School of Law, 2000-03.
    • Boalt.org, Board, 2000-03.
        Helped organize speakers' series; helped student groups get online; helped individual students with technical problems; worked with the school to improve technology; maintained Boalt.org website & student support services.
    • Prisoner Action Coalition (PAC), Member, 2000-02.
        Research & layout for factsheet on women in California prisons; helped organize prisoner art exhibit; developed website for PAC.
    • National Lawyer's Guild, Member, 2001-03.
    • Coalition for Diversity, Member, 2000-03.
    • Boalt Hall LGBT Caucus, Member, 2000-03.
    • Loan Repayment Student Advocacy Committee, 2000-02.
  • American Library Association, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Task Force, Book Awards Committee, 1998-2000.
  • American Society for Information Science (ASIS), Chicago Chapter. (Board; Publications Editor, 1994-96.)
  • Progressive Librarians Guild, Member, 1993-2000.

Research Interests

  • Intellectual Liberty / Technology Law
    • Workers' rights vis-a-vis intellectual property
      • "Fair Use for Creators: First Amendment Rights of Intellectual Workers, Artists and Inventors to Use and Develop Intellectual Works Assigned to Their Employers" (unpublished draft; 2003-present)
    • Propertization of and access to scientific information
      • Software reagents & Reproducibility: Closed access, closed source, open source
      • Patent Disputes & Essential Reagents, Methods, & Equipment
      • Government/Political Misuses & Misrepresentations of Scientific Data
    • Preservation & access issues
      • Archiving openly distributed content with ambiguous rights declarations
      • Oral History & Intellectual Property
      • Archives & Special Collections - best practices for permission to reproduce, publish, digitize
    • Preservation, protection, & access to indigenous culture & traditional knowledge
    • First Amendment
      • Prisoners' First Amendment rights (2002-03)
      • Servicemembers' First Amendment rights (2005-present)
      • CounterRecruitment Access to Schools (2005-present)
    • Electronic Voting Machines (2004)

  • Social Change and Utopian Impulses in History and Literature
    • Early history of progressive activism in computer science (2003-present)
    • Red Diaper Babies & Transformative Moments: An Oral History of Radicalization & Political Awakenings
    • Radical Representations: Attorneys for Anarchists and Labor Radicals, 1880-1930
    • Anarchist Biographies - Summer 2006 Reading Group
    • Anarchist Biographical Novels
    • Utopian & fantastic speculation in literature
      • Program Committee, Wiscon 31 (2007)
      • "Age and Gender Intersections in Science Fiction & Fantasy" (with Liz Henry; essay for Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia, in press, 2007)
      • "Information and Intellectual Property Concepts in Science Fiction/Fantasy: A preliminary bibliography" (2004-2006)
      • 19th & 20th century "War Between the Sexes" in literature.
      • Editor, FeministSF.org, 1994-present.
      • Broad Universe, Advisory Board, 1998-2006.
      • Moderator, WisCon 30, May 27, 2006, "Who Wants a Revolution? Will a Reform Do?" (panel discussion on revolution; transcript to be published in anthology from Aqueduct Press)
      • Wiscon 21, 1997. "Lavendar-Tinted Glasses: Gay Issues in SF" (panel with Victor Raymond, Kathy Sidles, Denys Howard); other panels with Liz Henry; Volunteered with newsletter, screenings room.
      • Feminist Bookstore News, Science Fiction review columnist, with Heather Whipple, 1997-1999. [Archive of columns]

Activism, Community, Issues

  • Wikipedia, 2005-06. User:Lquilter.
    Issues of particular concern include:
    • Lack of gender & ethnic diversity among Wikipedians.
    • Inadequate representation of notable women in Wikipedia articles.
    • Copyright-related topics.
  • Same-Sex Marriage, 2004. ("Municipal Anarchy")
  • Against the War, 2003.
  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Chicago Chapter, Member, 1995-97.
  • Countermedia, Alternative Coverage of the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. (Internet Services Coordinator, 1996-97.) [+]

  • Chicago Coalition for Information Access, Board. (1996-97.) [+]

  • Volunteer work:
    • G.I. Rights Hotline (Counselor, 2006-present)
    • WOMAN, Inc. [Women Organized to Make Abuse Non-Existent] (Domestic Violence Crisis Counselor, 1998.)
    • Digitization assistance for several information access projects, including the CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility) Archives; Project Gutenberg; AK Press; Spunk; and the Gerber/Hart Gay, Lesbian Bisexual Archives in Chicago, Illinois, 1993-97.
    • Work with community bookstores: The New World Resource Center (1995-96) and the Autonomous Zone (A-Zone) (1996).












Last modified October 05, 2008.