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in the topics they are addressing. Those committees meet, confer electronically, and build analyses through their deliberations. Additional expertise from around the country is tapped in a rigorous process of review and critique, further enhancing the quality of CSTB reports. By engaging groups of principals, CSTB gets the facts and insights critical to assessing key issues.

The mission of CSTB is to

  • Respond to requests from the government, nonprofit organizations, and private industry for advice on computer and telecommunications issues and from the government for advice on computer and telecommunications systems planning, utilization, and modernization;

  • Monitor and promote the health of the fields of computer science and telecommunications, with attention to issues of human resources, information infrastructure, and societal impacts;

  • Initiate and conduct studies involving computer science, technology, and telecommunications as critical resources; and

  • Foster interaction among the disciplines underlying computing and telecommunications technologies and other fields, at large and within the National Academies.

As of March 2002, CSTB activities with security and privacy components address privacy in the information age, critical information infrastructure protection, authentication technologies and their privacy implications, information technology for countering terrorism, and geospatial information systems. Additional studies examine broadband, digital government, the fundamentals of computer science, limiting children's access to pornography on the Internet, digital archiving and preservation, and Internet navigation and the domain name system. Explorations touching on security and privacy are under way in the areas of the insider threat, cybersecurity research, cybersecurity principles and practices, dependable/safe software systems, wireless communications and spectrum management, open source software, digital democracy, the “digital divide,” manageable systems, information technology and journalism, supercomputing, and information technology and education.

For more information on CSTB, see its Web site at <>; write to CSTB, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room HA 560, Washington, DC 20418; call at (202) 334-2605; or e-mail the CSTB at

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