About: Newby is a creative thinker who makes opportunities for discovery and enlightenment through use of information technologies. He is a leader in providing world-class research systems for computationally-based science and engineering. He is an innovator in bringing large-scale public access to digital content and systems. Newby builds things, in order to enhance our information commons. He give those things away. What shall we build next, together?
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.
Alaskan. Wife Ilana and I moved to Alaska in 2003. We both worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she in Rasmussen Library, me at the *Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. I departed UAF in February, 2014.
Musher. We have *rather a few dogs, for dog sledding on the trails around our home in Two Rivers, Alaska, the finest mushing on earth.
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.
Need more? Here is an article by Peter Singer from the September 11 2006 issue of The Nation: Don't Buy Factory-Farm Products.
More on the pacifist theme: Here is one of many great articles by Naomi Klein from The Nation (July 21, 2008) on Disaster Capitalism. Thesis: "today's preferred method of reshaping the world in the interest of multinational corporations is to systematically exploit the state of fear and disorientation that accompanies moments of great shock and crisis."
For animals: "It was once remarked that a person who destroys the works of man is condemned as a vandal, but a man who destroys the works of God is praised as a sportsman. How anyone can turn a creature of movement, light and beauty into a blood-bedraggled corpse in the name of sport and pleasure is beyond comprehension" -- Clive Hollands
Realizing that the corporate greed that is at the heart of modern industrialization of animal killing, here's a quote from Michael Moore from The Nation: "Greed has been with human beings forever. We have a number of things in our species that you would call the dark side, and greed is one of them. If you don't put certain structures in place or restrictions on those parts of our being that come from that dark place, then it gets out of control. Capitalism does the opposite of that. It not only doesn't really put any structure or restriction on it. It encourages it, it rewards, it."
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.