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COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS BOARD The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) was estab- lished in 1986 to provide independent advice to the federal government on technical and public policy issues relating to computing and communica- tions. It is composed of leaders in information technology and complemen- tary fields from industry and academia. CSTB conducts studies of critical national issues that recommend actions or changes in actions by govern- ment, industry, academic researchers, and the larger nonprofit sector. CSTB also provides a neutral meeting ground for consideration of complex issues where resolution and action may be premature. It convenes invitational dis- cussion sessions that bring together principals from the public and private sectors to share perspectives on all sides of an issue. The majority of its work is requested by federal government agencies and Congress, consistent with its charter as a unit of the National Academies.