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February 11, 2000

The "disappearing computer" is the theme of the second Physical and Tangible Interaction workshop during the i3Net Spring Days in Athens from March 1-3.

The workshop will focus on predictions that computers will be replaced by collections of "information artefacts". The workshop series aims to provide a forum for researchers and designers who believe that there should be more emphasis on the physical and tangible in interaction with computers.

Details: www.i3net.org/pti

Republican representative Jean McGrath has introduced two bills into the Arizona state legislature that would put the onus on universities to control campus porn.

The first bill requires state universities to restrict internet access to educational purposes. The second says that universities must install filtering software. The bill stipulates that "the university shall equip and maintain programs on those computer terminals that block access to sexually graphic material". The bills do not apply to privately owned computers attached to the campus network.

Ms McGrath, a student at Arizona State University more than 40 years ago, now chairs the House Public Institutions and Universities Committee.

Critics said the bill requiring filtering software contravenes constitutional free-speech guarantees.

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