Demystifying Telecommunications and Information Policy : Panelists

Universal Access:

Carl Davidson, Moderator

Pierre Clark

Heather McCammond-Watts, Librarian
Heather McCammond-Watts received her MLS from the University of Illinois. Previously, she had been active in publishing and reviewing children's books. She is currently the Children's Librarian at the Beverly Branch of the Chicago Public Library. As a strong advocate for electronic information in libraries, Heather is a member of the Libraries on the Information Superhighway Advocacy Network (LISAN) as well as the Chicago Public Library Internet Committee. She has also created a web page especially for kids.

Speech Topic: Universal Service & Libraries: What Happens when the Honeymoon is Over?

Maria Ayala, Instituto del Progresso Latino
Maria Ayala is an activist with the Instituto del Progresso Latino. They have worked with CUED and the University of Illinois at Chicago on a project to network community and non-profit groups.

Intellectual Property, Intellectual Freedom, Privacy & Censorship

Donald Goldhamer, Computer Professional - Moderator
Donald H. Goldhamer is a Project Manager and Senior Programmer/Analyst on the staff of the University of Chicago's computing services organization. He joined the University staff in 1966, and is currently Project Manager of UCInfo, the University's campus networked information service. His particular professional interests are in the manipulation and analysis of text, the analysis of natural language, information retrieval, large scale databases.

Mr. Goldhamer has degrees in Sociology and Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago, where he was a Fellow of the National Institutes of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society and the Am. Assn. for the Advancement of Science.

Some of his volunteer activities related to computing are as a member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and of the Board of Directors of the CPSR Chicago Chapter, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Chicago Coalition for Information Access. He is also actively involved in civic affairs in a number of areas, including civil rights (with a particular interest in issues of privacy), technological justice, U.S.-Caribbean relations, criminal justice, and secondary education.

Philip Segrest, Attorney
Philip Dale Segrest, Jr., is an associate attorney at the law firm of Welsh & Katz, Ltd., where he is primarily engaged in matters of litigation and intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and related topics.

In 1988 Mr. Segrest received his first Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama in applied mathematics, with minors in English and classics. In 1989 he received a second Bachelor of Science in physics, with minors in the Arts & Sciences Honors Program and the Computer Based Honors Program. He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1992, where he worked on the managing board of the Alabama Law Review. During the summers of 1989 and 1990, Mr. Segrest worked as an intern for the Clerk of the Alabama Supreme Court.

From 1992 to 1993 he served as a law clerk for Hon. Eric G. Bruggink on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 1994, he clerked for Hon. John P. Wiese at that same court. From 1994 to 1995, he was the law clerk for Hon. Marion T. Bennett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, also in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he continued his legal studies at George Washington University, concentrating on intellectual property matters.

Mr. Segrest is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, Alabama Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Paul Brenner, Randolph Street Gallery & the File Room
The File Room is an Interactive Computer Project addressing cultural censorship. The File Room utilizes the latest telecommunications technology to document numerous individual cases of censorship around the world and throughout history with an easy-to-use, interactive computer archive. An artist's project by Muntadas, The File Room is produced by Randolph Street Gallery (RSG) with the support of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois / Chicago.

Media Concentration

Liane Casten, Moderator
Liane Casten is Chair, Chicago Media Watch.

Craig Kois, Radio
He will discuss the struggle to win control of access to the radio spectrum, what can be done, and the Loyola Radio Conference.

Craig Kois is with WLUW and the Loyola Radio Conference.

Batya Goldman
Batya Goldman is with the Underground Press Conference and UDirect, and can speak to underground press, zines, etc.

Lisa Kuchraski, writer
Lisa Kucharski is familiar with the world of pirate radio, sound art, and practical media activism.

Tim Brown, Spectrum Press
Tim W. Brown has published two novels electronically through Chicago's Spectrum Press, Townee (1994) and On Sangamon (1992), plus electronic versions of Tomorrow Magazine, the literary journal he has edited since 1982. Brown has written articles on electronic publishing for Chiron Review, Another Chicago Magazine, American Book Review, Letter eX, Strong Coffee, and U-Direct. In addition, he has discussed this topic on the Aaron Freeman show (WBEZ-FM), the Jay Marvin show (WLS-AM), CRIS Radio, at the Printers Row Book Fair and DePaul University. He can be reached by email at