When:  Thursday, March 21st, 1996

     Where:  Chemical Bank
             55 Water Street (enter at Old Slip)
             South Tower, 13th Floor Conference Room (follow the signs)

      Time:  6:00 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
             6:45 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation:

     Topic:  Legislation Affecting the Freedom of the Internet: 
             The Communications Decency Act / Telecommunications Reform Act
             of 1995 and Related New York State Legislation 

   Speakers: Shabbir Safdar from the Voters Telecommunication Watch,
             Steven Cherry from the VTW and the Society for Electronic Access.

Main Presentation:

  The Telecommunications Reform Act of 1995 was recently passed into law.
  Provisions of its Communications Decency Act are being challenged in court
  by the EFF, EPIC, ACLU and others.   A partial temporary restraining order
  prohibiting enforcement of the "indecency" provision of this act has been
  granted.  The challenged provisions are deemed a threat to freedom of
  expression on the Internet.

  Steven Cherry and Shabbir J. Safdar of the VTW will be covering the Federal
  and New York State Internet bills/laws and how they can relate to you as a
  user, a content provider, or an ISP.  Also covered will be how you can help
  stop such bills in the future. 

  Shabbir J. Safdar's bio: 

  Shabbir J. Safdar is Director of the Voters Telecommunications Watch (VTW),
  a watchdog group dedicated to monitoring encroachments on civil liberties in
  telecommunications policy. 

  Under Shabbir's direction, VTW has fought the FBI's blanket Wiretap proposal,
  Federal and New York state attempts to muzzle free speech on the Internet,
  and the Administration's "Son Of Clipper Chip" program.  In addition, VTW has
  helped to elect Internet-friendly legislators starting with Senator Ron Wyden
  (D-OR) who recently was elected to fill Bob Packwood's seat. 

  Shabbir's work with VTW has been covered in Wired magazine, Communications
  Daily, and the National Journal.  Shabbir was also named to Newsweek's "50
  People To Watch On The Internet" for 1995. 

  Steven Cherry's bio: 

  Steven Cherry is a co-founder and member of the advisory board of Voters
  Telecommunications Watch, and serves as its primary press contact. In his
  copious spare time he also usually answers the email flames VTW is honoured
  to receive.  He is also a director of the Society for Electronic Access, a
  New York-based non-profit advocacy group for local on-line issues, and a
  former President of the New York Amateur Computer Club, the second-oldest
  computer club in America. 

  In the terrestrial world, he is Executive Editor of Magazines at ACM, the
  Association for Computing and has worked at the intersection of computers
  and publishing for about a decade. 

  VTW issues that Steven will be concerning himself particularly with in the
  upcoming year are the 1996 elections and copyright. 

Directions:	55 Water Street is between Water Street & Front Streets
		at Old Slip...  about 7 blocks south of Fulton St. and
		the South Street Seaport.
		Take 4 train to Bowling Green & Walk Due East;
		Take 2/3 trains to Wall Street, Walk East to Water St.
			then walk South 5 blocks;
		Take M/J trains to Broad St., Walk East to Water St.;
		Take N/R trains to Whitehall St., Walk North East to Water St.
		There is parking on the street and there is a lot right
			in the building, entrance on Old Slip.

		Room Location Specifics:
		   Enter the building at Old Slip.  To get to the South
		   Tower of the complex, you enter the building at Old
		   Slip at the "North Tower" doors.  This entrance is
		   is immediately to the right of the main entrance,
		   towards Water Street.  Go past the guard's desk
		   (mentioning you are heading for Unigroup) to the
		   elevator bank and go to the 13th floor.
		   When you get to the 13th floor, follow the signs leading
		   you to the meeting room.

		   The signs will lead you from the elevator, through a set
		   of doors, then past the cafeteria.  If the entrance
		   doors near the elevator on the 13th floor are locked
		   (may happen after 6pm), call the security desk using the
		   available telephone, and they will radio the guard on
		   the 13th floor to let you in.  After the cafeteria, you
		   see another "lobby" area.  Walk past the cash machines,
		   make a left and look for a sign marking the meeting room.


	Fee Schedule:
		Yearly Membership:				$ 50.00
		Single Meeting:					$ 20.00
		Student Yearly Membership:			$ 20.00
		Student Single Meeting:				$  5.00
	==>	UniForum/Unigroup Joint Yearly Membership	$125.00
		Cash, Check, American Express.

	==>	Unigroup is the Greater NYC Regional Area Affiliate
		of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.
		Our Joint Membership Program gives you FULL membership
		in both organizations for a discounted price.


	Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
	Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving the
Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup is
not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded.  Unigroup holds regular
and special event meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating
to Unix and the Unix User Community.   Unigroup is also the Greater NYC
Regional Area Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

Thanks to Chemical Bank, Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for
the Third THURSDAY of Odd Months at Chemical Bank, 55 Water Street, NYC.
Planned meeting dates are: 3/21, 5/16, 7/25 (4th Thurs), 9/19, 11/21...
Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC.

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 contact Unigroup of NY by USmail:
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For further information or to get on the Unigroup Electronic Mail Mailing List
 send an EMail message to:
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Unigroup is currently working on filling our 1996 meeting schedule.
We currently have the following topics in mind:

        - The Telecomm Bill
        - Linux
        - Domain Name System (DNS)
        - Privacy and Encryption (including PGP)
        - Multimedia Enhanced EMail - MIME/Metamail
        - Publically Available Unix Tools
        - Unix Administration Tools: crash & fsdb
        - Kerberos
        - Object Oriented Databases
        - Fault Tolerant Unix

PLEASE let us know immediately if you:

        - Can give us a presentation on one of these topics
        - Know of a speaker for one of the these topics
        - Have another topic you think we should address
        - Can help us plan one or more meetings - be a meeting coordinator.



Unigroup's printed newsletter is sent out to people on our U.S. Mail mailing
list.  The newsletter contains information such as meeting announcements,
technical and non-technical articles and recent UNIX security advisories.
Ross Ziskind is the editor of the Unigroup newsletter.  Keep an eye out for
the next issue.

To keep the newsletter going, the two biggest problems to overcome are:
        a) Volunteers to see that it gets out
        b) Content material

If you have any ideas or can help contribute to our newsletter, please make
them known at our meetings and/or let us know by EMail.  If you know anyone
who has experience in sending out a newsletter, we can always use some good
advice.  Ross can be reached via email to editor@unigroup.org.


I hope to see you all at Unigroup's March 1996 meeting...

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director

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