[tdwg] tdwg 2012 in inappropriate venue

Bob Morris morris.bob at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 21:22:21 CEST 2012

Dear fellow TDWG members,

As I said publicly at TDWG 2011, I feel that it is inappropriate for
an organization devoted to the open exchange of scientific data and
information to hold a meeting in a country where there is routine
governmental suppression of internet connectivity on political
grounds.  I personally would attend any scientific meeting in such a
country except one by an organization like TDWG which should be taking
a position about openness of access to information, and I hope others
will join me in this position and publicly decline to attend TDWG

Sometimes an argument is made in such cases that participation is a
way to support the hosting organization, which in this case is
eminent. But often just the opposite can result: the authorities will
proudly say to themselves: "See, they come anyway."

Bob Morris

Robert A. Morris

Emeritus Professor  of Computer Science
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125-3390

IT Staff
Filtered Push Project
Harvard University Herbaria
Harvard University

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