<<< ABOUT CAMPAIGN '92 >>>
Several years ago the National Public Telecomputing Network
began looking at ways in which this new medium of telecomputing
could be used to enhance the democratic process. To explore this
area we created the "Teledemocracy Project" which has resulted in
a number of major new services for our affiliates. Included in
these have been "Project Hermes" where we were selected by the
U.S. Supreme Court to be among 12 information providers in the
country to electronically distribute full-text of Supreme Court
decisions within minutes of their release; the "Congressional
Memory Project" where bills from the U.S. House and Senate are
summarized and the voting records of the representatives are
attached; and several other initiatives.
In 1990, in conjunction with the Ohio League of Women Voters,
we conducted a statewide feature called "Campaign 90." During the
campaign that Fall our community computer systems carried full-
text of the position papers of both candidates for governor of
Ohio, along with biographical and position information on every
candidate from congress to local judgeships. For most of the
voters on our systems, it was the first time they had ever even
seen a candidate position paper, let alone have the opportunity to
study one over prior to voting.
It is our intention to replicate that project in 1992, only on
a national level.
Presented here is the full-text of all the major position
papers, speeches, press releases, and other documents which define
and illuminate the major candidates for President of the United
States in this election. These groups will be carried on each of
the NPTN affiliated community computer systems, on each NPTN
educational affiliate, and will be given worldwide distribution
through the Usenet feature on the Internet.
All materials are obtained directly from campaign staff of the
respective candidates and, except for occasional formatting
changes, they are cybercast exactly as received.
For more information on NPTN, the Teledemocracy program,
or any of our other programs, please feel free to contact:
T.M. Grundner, Ed.D
National Public Telecomputing Network
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
In addition, NPTN operates an "ftp site" containing information
about our organization. Simply do an "anonymous ftp" to:
nptn.org, type "cd /pub/info.nptn" and download at will.