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Silence on such a critical ethical  issue?  For shame.  I applaud Friedman's
boldness, and welcome ugliness if that is what it takes to assure discourse on
such an important consideration.

Richard Southwick wrote:

> All,
>
> Allow me to quickly jump into this thread and IMPLORE people not to engage
> in this discourse!
>
> While respecting the importance of the issue, I know from experience on
> another list (ISWORLD) that this can get very ugly in a heartbeat! Silence
> will be golden.
>
> -- Richard Southwick
>    Syracuse University - School of Information Studies
>    email:   [log in to unmask]
>    webite:  http://web.syr.edu/~rmsouthw
>
> On Thu, 15 Aug 2002, Sam Friedman wrote:
>
> > I for one have ethical qualms about working for an organization whose
> > stated aim is to kill people--and that performs this task rather often,
> > and for purposes that further the economic degradation of human life all
> > over the world and also contribute to the ecological crisis.
> > As one of the people whose offices were destroyed on September 11, I
> > also object to the fact that they often claim to do this in the names of
> > my murdered building-mates--even though the policies and interests they
> > defend are the same as those they did before that date.
> > How do others feel?
> >
> > Sam Friedman
> > National Development and Research Institutes
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> > [log in to unmask]
> > >>> "Paul A. Branson" <[log in to unmask]> 08/15/02 01:04 AM >>>
> > To the social network community,
> >
> > We have recently won a contract with the Army to conduct scientific
> > research and knowledge econometric analysis at several commands. One of
> > the analysis tools we use is Social Network analysis. It started as a
> > small project, but due to popularity of our approach has since expanded
> > to a project that could span a large section of the Army.
> >
> > IMII is interested in collaborating with researchers interested in
> > social network analysis.
> >
> > We have also developed a software instrument in C# to conduct a variety
> > of social network analysis and econometrics. We are interested in
> > learning about current metrics that could be incorporated with within
> > this tool.
> >
> > If you are interested in collaborating with us on a US Army project,
> > please contact me at: [log in to unmask] .
> >
> > The hub of the project is located near Tucson, Arizona.
> >
> > Edward Swanstrom
> > Director
> > Innovation Management Institute International (IMII)
> >  [log in to unmask]
> >  http://www.eknowledgecenter.com
> > +1 520-731-3130
> >

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