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Online Activism Resource List 4.00

A list of Usenet newsgroups, Internet mailing lists and other resources of
use to the online activist.

An ACTION/EFF FAQ by Stanton McCandlish

Updated: 10/14/94

Archived at:, /pub/EFF/Issues/Activism/activ_resource.faq

See also /pub/EFF/Issues/Activism/activ_groups.faq, the Online Activism
Organizations List.

* IMPORTANT: Subscribe commands, and the like, when given in quotes mean
"type this command, but without the quotes."  Likewise <firstname> <last-
name> means "put your name here, without the angle-brackets." Unless
otherwise noted, all parts of the command should be on the same line in
your subscribe message.  Gopher resources are, when possible, pointed to
with full paths, rather than menu titles.




Recent Changes 

4.00 - added Current Cites to PACS entry.




* 2600
  _2600_Magazine_ list for hacker/phreaker issues.  A bit irreverent,
  shall we say, but sometimes turns to issues of law enformcement, 
  regulation and civil liberties.
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe 2600

  AAAS Human Rights Action Network forum.
  Subscribe:, message body: "SUBSCRIBE
             AAASHRAN <name>"

  The forum for online activism and grassroots political action through
  networking.  Focuses on cooperative discussion between activists and
  organizations, the devising and completion of projects supporting
  electronic advocacy and democracy, and postings of important news for the
  online communications and political action communities.  ACTION is a
  non-organization-specific, tightly focused list.  Before joining, please
  review (and comment upon if you wish) the charter and FAQ for ACTION: 
  see, /pub/EFF/Issues/Activism/ACTION/ - the list archive.
  (The entire list is not archived, but important materials will be
  archived on * in the Activism directory and/or other appropriate
  areas, while list-specific material will be archived in the ACTION
  subdirectory of Activism.  See below for complete paths & URLs.)
  General admin:
  Technical admin:
  EFF info:
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe ACTION"
  FTP:, /pub/EFF/Issues/Activism/[ACTION/]
  Gopher:, 1/EFF/Issues/Activism[/ACTION]

  A mailing list that gates the Usenet newsgroup.
  ACTIV-L is a moderated forum concerned with "progressive" political
  action (human rights, environment, empowerment, media censorship, etc.)
  subscribe (??): listserv@mizzou1.bitnet or,
                  message body: "SUBSCRIBE ACTIV-L <name>"

  American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom's freedom of
  expression forum (mainly of interest to librarians, archivists, and those
  following computers & academic freedom issues.)
  Subscribe:, message body: "sub alaoif <name>"


* AMEND1-L - ACA Free Speech Issues Discussion Group
  The American Communication Association invites subscriptions to
  its on-line discussion group for Free Speech Issues.  The topics include
  current and historical issues in freedom of expression, reviews of recent
  books and articles related to free speech, constitutional interpretation,
  research opportunities, current litigation, communication policy, privacy,
  censorship, and other areas relating to freedom of expression, both in
  the United States and elsewhere.
  General: Stephen Smith <>
  Subscribe:, message body: "sub AMEND1-L <first
             name> <lastname>"

* Cable Regulation Digest
  A newsletter of short articles about cable tv and telecom regulatory issues,
  of definite relevance to anyone tracking the unfolding of the NII/"Data
  Superhighway" issues.
  Subscribe:, message body: "SUBSCRIBE 
             is a general discussion list to which  CRD is sent, not a
             CRD-only list]
  FTP:, /tv-film-video/cable-reg/, /pub/Publications/E-journals/Cable_Reg/
  Gopher:, 1/tv-film-video/cable-reg
, 1/Publications/E-journals/Cable_Reg
  WWW: gopher://
  Finger: (current issue returned as finger output)

* CalGovInfo
  CPSR's California public accesss to government information forum.
  Seeing the great strides CA has made in the area of govt. info online,
  this is likely to be a hot list for some time to come.
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe calgovinfo <name>"

  Mailing list for discussion of community and civic networks.
  Subscribe: or, message body:
             "subscribe COMMUNET <name>"

  Mailing list for discussion of community access issues
  Subscribe:, message body: 
             "subscribe COMMUNITY-ACCESS <name>"

* Computer PRIVACY Digest (CPD) (ex- Telecom Privacy Digest)
  Like RISKS, a moderated digest-format electronic newsletter.  It is
  more open that RISKS or PFD, "and was established to provide a forum
  for discussion on the effect of technology on privacy.  All too often
  technology is way ahead of the law and society as it presents us with
  new devices and applications.  Technology can enhance and detract from
  Subscribe requests:

* Computer underground Digest (CuD)
  Cu-Digest, or CuD, is a more-or-less-weekly on-line electronic
  journal/news digest. The Digest is intended as a forum for the
  discussion of legal, ethical, social, and other issues regarding
  computerized information and communications. We welcome contributions
  reflecting diversity of thought and perspective, focussed on the
  computer/telecommunications culture including BBSes, Internet, and
  public access systems.  CuD is focussed especially on alternative groups
  that exist outside of the conventional net community.
  General: Jim Thomas <>
  Subscribe, Internet:, message body: "SUB CUDIGEST
                       <firstname> <lastname>" [no quotes]
  Subscribe, BITNET: listserv@uiucvmd.bitnet, message body: "SUB CUDIGEST
                     <firstname> <lastname>" [no quotes]
  BITNET: tk0jut2@niu.bitnet   <- NOTE: That ^ is tkZEROjut2 not tkOHjut2
  ftp:, pub/Publications/CuD/CuD/ (, /pub/CuD/ (, /pub/eff/cud/ (, /pub/disk1/cud/, /src/wuarchive/doc/EFF/Publications/CuD/CuD/
                    /obi/Computer.U.Digest/ (partial mirror), /pub/doc/cud/, /pub/cud/, /mirror/, /pub/mirrors/, /pub/doc/EFF/Publications/CuD/CuD/, /pub/wuarchive/doc/EFF/Publications/CuD/CuD/
  gopher:, 1/Publications/CuD/CuD
  BBS: USA - RIPCO - +1 312 528 5020
             Rune Stone IIRGWHQ - +1 203 832 8441
       Luxembourg - ComNet - +352 466893
       Italy - Empire - +39 461 980493
       Belgium - Virtual Access - +32 69 45 51 77
  FidoNet FREQ: 1:11/70 (unlisted nodes/points welcome)
  GEnie: PF*NPC RT library and VIRUS/SECURITY library.
  AOL: PC Telecom forum, Computing Newsletters library
  Delphi: Internet SIG, General Discussion database
  Voice +1 815 753 0303 
  Fax:  +1 815 753 6302
  Snail: Jim Thomas, Editor
         Department of Sociology, NIU 
         DeKalb IL 60115 USA.

* Computers and Academic Freedom (CAF)
  CAF is a list/newsgroup/archive devoted to issues of computing, 
  freedom of expression, and privacy, especially in relation to the edu-
  cational and academic communities.  CAF is available in several forms,
  is archived, and has been provided storage space by the Electronic
  Frontier Foundation for a collection of related important documents.
  comp-academic-freedom-talk (caf-talk) is the interactive discussion
  version of the list.  comp-academic-freedom-batch is a digested version
  that presents each day's contributions as a single compilation, rather
  that a continuous stream of incoming separate messages. 
  comp-academic-freedom-news is a digested version featuring a weekly 
  sample of the most important messages.  comp-academic-freedom-abstracts
  is a weekly digest containing only abstracts rather than the full text
  of the list.  For more detailed information on the versions, send a message
  body of "LONGINDEX" to
  General (editors): Bill Arnold <>
                     Carl Kadie <>
  Technical admin:  
  Archivists: Jonathan Greenfield <>
              Carl Kadie <>
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe
             comp-academic-freedom-*" (replace "*" with "talk", "batch",
             "news" or "abstracts", as apropos for the version you want.)

* CNI-Modernization
  Some sort of net.commerce stuff.  Lousy description, I know.  Looking for
  more info.
  Admin: Craig Summerhill <>
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe cni-modernization

  Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility newsletter
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe alert <name>"

* Current Cites
  [See Public-Access Computer Systems.]

* CyberWire Dispatch (CWD)
  Brock Meek's newsletter of alerts and articles on information technology
  and telecom policy.  Meeks, who writes from _Communications_Daily_ and
  _WIRED_ among others, has rare, and often biting, insight into what's
  really going on, most of the time.  Highly recommended.
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe cwd-l"

* Cybermind
  "An electronic forum for the discussion of the philosophical and
  psychological implications of subjectivity in cyberspace...We are
  interested in particular in the philosophical, psychological/
  psychoanalytic and social issues engendered, particularly as they concern
  the user and the social [realm]...: the psychology of intimacy, the role
  of gender, the phenomenology of the terminal screen, neurosis and
  paranoia on the Net, the relationship of lag to community and communi-
  cation, sex/gender/sexual orientation theory and electronic subjectivity,
  the role of the symbolic or imaginary in computer communication, the
  implications of symbolic extensions of the human ('external memory', and
  so forth), fantasy and the hallucinatory aspects of email/USENET
  groups/MUDs, and the psychoanalysis of lurking."
  General: Alan Sondheim <>
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe cybermind 
             <email address>"

* Cypherpunks
  The Cypherpunks mailing lists exist for those interested in cryptography
  and it's political rammifications, programming encryption software,
  creation of digital cash and electronic banking via secure (and
  anonymous) crypto tech, local crypto-oriented activism, hacking cypher
  hardware, and more.  There also tends to be much libertarian/
  anarcho-capitalist debate as well.  The main list is fairly high-traffic.
  The UK branch generally goes by the name of UK Crypto-Privacy Assoc.,
  and like some of the other local sub-groups, has face-to-face meetings.
  The CypherWonks list is a split-off that is generally opposed to the
  anarchic stance of some on the main list.  A recent addition to the stable
  is Cypherpunks Lite, a lower-traffic version for more serious participants.
  Joining the list requires a membership fee [don't have address for this
  yet]. I have no info at the moment on the local groups, other than the
  Austin & Boston Cypherpunks, so if anyone has info to pass on please do so.
  Main list admin: Eric Hughes <>
  Main subscribe:, message body: "subscribe
                  cypherpunks <name>"
  Main FTP admin: Eric Hughes <> (Berkeley)
                  Karl Lui Barrus <> (BSU)
                  Al Whaley <> (CPSR)
  Main FTP:, /pub/cypherpunks/ (many mirrors exist)
  , /cypherpunks/          
  , /pub/cypherpunks/
  Main gopher admin: Karl Lui Barrus <>
  Main gopher:, 1/, port 1000
     , 1s/pub/cypherpunks
  Main WWW admin: Karl Lui Barrus <>
  Main WWW:  gopher://
  Hardware admin: J.D. Blair <>
  Hardware subscribe:, message
                      body: "subscribe cp-hardware <name>"
  Austin admin: Jim McCoy <>
                Doug Barnes <>
  Austin subscribe:
                    message body: "subscribe austin-cypherpunks <name>" or
                    "subscribe austin-cypherpunks-announce <name>"
  Austin FTP:, /pub/cypherpunks/
  Austin WWW:
  Boston admin: Derek Atkins <>
  Boston subscribe: ask
  Wonks admin:
  Wonks subscribe:, message body: "subscribe
  Lite admin: ??
  Lite subscribe: ??

* DC-Nets
  Forum for technical discussion of cryptographic networking protocols and
  the creation of encrypted, secure networks.
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe dc-nets

  Education and law forum (?)
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe edlaw <name>"

* EduPage & Educom Update 
  Newsletters of informative and timely summaries of new technological
  developments and the effects of computer and information tech-
  nology on education, published by Educom, "a consortium of leading
  colleges and universities seeking to transform education through the use of
  information technology."  Even if you are not interested in education
  issues, this is a valuable (though free) service, and tracks a wide range
  of comms, computing, market, regulatory and legal issues.  EduPage comes
  out several times per week, while Update is a bi-weekly summary.

  Subscribe (EduPage):, message body: "subscribe edupage
                       <firstname> <lastname>" 
  Subscribe (Update):, message body: "subscribe update   
                      <firstname> <lastname>" 
  Portugese/Spanish versions: ask

* (EF-Australia; = newsgroup/EFA Fido echo)


* EFF-News
  The Electronic Frontier Foundation's distribution for EFF newsletters and
  press releases and other items of note.  This is a moderated list/newsgroup
  that does not allow posts from readers (such postings are redirected to
  EFF-Talk).  EFF-News is a low-traffic list/group, and features each issue
  of EFFector Online newsletter, as well as announcements, summaries of
  hearings and conferences, testimony transcripts, etc.  A newsletter-only
  list is also available.
  General admin:
  Technical admin:
  EFF info:
  Subscribe (full News list):, message body: "subscribe
  Subscribe (EFFector Online only):, message body: 
                              "subscribe effector-online"
  FTP:, /pub/EFF/Policy/, /pub/EFF/Newsletters/EFFector/
  Gopher:, 1/EFF/Policy
, 1/EFF/Newsletters/EFFector
  [For topic-sorted archives of news items, see Policy subdirectories; for
  newsletter backissues, see EFFector directory.]

* EFF-Talk
  The Electronic Frontier Foundation's general discussion forum -
  focuses on EFF policy, cyberspace legal issues, the "data superhighway",
  networking and activism, and computing futures and potential.  EFF-Talk
  is available as a Usenet newsgroup, a mailing list, and, in some areas,
  a FidoNet echomail conference.  EFF is a 501(c)(3) US non-profit
  organization devoted to civil liberties in computing and communications.
  As with, this newsgroup/list is not archived in full,
  but important documents are placed in EFF's online library in the Policy
  (a.k.a. Issues) directory.  See below for full paths and URLs.
  General admin:
  Technical admin:
  EFF Info:
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe comp-org-eff-talk"
  FidoNet: Zone 1 - INET.EFF.TALK (not backboned; feed nodes unknown)
  FTP:, /pub/EFF/Policy/
  Gopher:, 1/EFF/Policy

* EFFector Online
  The Electronic Frontier Foundation's newsletter, EFFector
  Online (frequency: 1-4 per month), a small journal summarizing important
  issues of civil liberties in cyberspace.  Frequently reports on methods
  of access to government representatives and info, legal cases of relevance
  to online communications, activism, "data superhighway" politics, Senate
  and House hearing testimony, cryptography and privacy, and threat to civil
  liberties.  This is a moderated list/newsgroup that does not allow
  posts from readers. EFFector Online is a low-traffic list.  The EFF-News
  list carries EFFector, but also includes press releases, hearing summaries,
  and other relevant documents.
  General admin:
  Technical admin:
  EFF info:
  Subscribe (EFFector Online only):, message body: 
                              "subscribe effector-online"
  Subscribe (full News list):, message body: "subscribe

* (EF-Norway)

* (EF-Japan)

* efnh-discuss@mv.MV.COM (EF New Hampshire)

* Electronic Public Information Newsletter (EPIN)
  A newsletter dedicated to informing and explaining the policies and
  practices surrounding the transformation of public information to
  electronic form.  Founded in November 1991, EPIN is published biweekly (24
  issues a year) in a paper format. An EPIN summary is distributed free of
  charge to the Internet community. EPIN is an independent publication 
  with no ties to any stakeholder within the information community. The
  newsletter is based in the Washington, D.C. area; the editor is James
  McDonough. The subscription cost is $249 a year for business and
  government; $130 for libraries and public interest organizations and $65
  for individuals.
  Subscribe (online summaries):
  FTP:, /pub/Publications/E-journals/EPIN/
  Gopher:, 1/Publications/E-journals/EPIN
  Subscribe (hardcopy): EPIN
                        Box 21001 
                        Washinton DC 20009 USA
  Fax: +1 301 365 3621

* The Faxing From the Internet FAQ
  A list of Frequently Asked Questions & answers about using the Internet
  to send faxes (fast, free to the user [no long distance call!], and great
  for activist use); issued as a periodical, and regularly updated.  By
  Kevin Savetz.
  Subscribe:, subject line: "subscribe fax-faq"
  FTPmail:, subject: "send fax-faq" 
  FTP:, /pub/Net_info/Technical/net-fax.faq
  Gopher:, 1/pub/Net_info/Technical, net-fax.faq
  Usenet: news.answers (regularly posted)

* (general "interesting stuff" list, w/ fringe feel to it)


* gaynet (Gay/bisexual issues)
  (subscribe: Email to "" 
              with line "sub gaynet <FULL NAME>"  

* gopher-announce and gopher-news
  A moderated mailing list where new gopher servers and software are
  announced, gopher-announce is probably the best way to learn of new
  activism-relevant servers (govt. gophers, organization gophers, etc.)
  General gopher discussion happens on an
  altogether more verbose and techie mailing list than gopher-announce. (To
  subscribe to gopher-news, send a request to: gopher-news-request
  Subscribe:, message body:
             "subscribe gopher-announce <firstname> <lastname>"

* GOVDOC-L@PSUVM.PSU.EDU (Discussion of Government Document Issues)

* hott-list@UCSD.EDU (Hot Off the Press e-pub; networking issues)

* ifreedom@Snoopy.UCIS.Dal.CA (intellectual freedom)
  (subscribe: Email to ""
              with line "sub ifreedom <FULL NAME>"

* (Internet Mercantile Protocol)

  List focusing on Internet usage in libraries (of relevance to activists
  due to public access to information and intellectual freedom issues).  
  NOTE: This list concentrates on German libraries (and those in other
  German-speaking areas), and the primary language of the list is German,
  though English posts are accepted.
  Subscribe:, message body: "SUBSCRIBE INETBIB"
  Fax: M. Schaarwaechter, +49 231 727 5021
  Snail: M. Schaarwaechter
         Uni. Dortmund, Library, Network
         Vogelpothsweg 76
         D-44227 Dortmund, Deutchland
* (computer assisted reporting outside the United States)
  Subscribe:, message body: "SUBSCRIBE INTCAR-L
             <firstname> <lastname>"

* The Internet Press 
  A list of electronic publications about Internet/Usenet, issued as a
  periodical, and regularly updated.  By Kevin Savetz & John M. Higgins.
  Subscribe:, subject line: "subscribe ipress" 
  FTPmail:, subject: "send ipress"
  FTP:, /pub/Net_info/Resources/net_epub.list
  Gopher:, 1/pub/Net_info/Resources, net_epub.list
  Usenet: news.answers (regularly posted)

* The Internet Services FAQ
  A list of interesting and useful services and resources on the internet,
  issued as a periodical, and regularly updated.  By Kevin Savetz.
  Subscribe:, subject line: "subscribe is-faq"
  FTPmail:, subject: "send is-faq"
  FTP:, /pub/Net_info/Resources/net_services.faq
  Gopher:, 1/pub/Net_info/Resources, net_services.faq
  Usenet: news.answers (regularly posted)

* (Internet encyclopedia project)

* IPCT-L@GUVM.CCF.GEORGETOWN.EDU (interpersonal computing & technology)

* Journal of American Underground Computing (JAUC, TJOAUC)
  A free online newsletter similar to CuD, but longer and monthly.  Highly
  recommended.  Topics frequently include online advocacy, political alerts,
  info on net.culture, privacy, cryptography, censorship and more.
  Admin (editorial):
  Admin (technical): dfox@fennec.con,
  Subscribe: ask
  FTP:, /pub/Zines/JAUC/, /pub/tjoauc/, /pub/Publications/CuD/JAUC/
  FTPmail: ask
  Gopher:, 1/Publications/CuD/JAUC

* LITA Newsletter
  The LITA Newsletter (ISSN 0196-1799) is published quarterly by the
  Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the
  American Library Association. The hardcopy LITA Newsletter is sent free of
  charge to members of the Library and Information Technology Association.
  Nonmembers may subscribe for $25 per year in US, $30 in Canada and
  Mexico, and $40 in other foreign countries. See print LITA Newsletter for
  details.  The online edition is available free from the LITANEWS mailing
  list.  Besides library administration issues, LITA frequently has articles
  regarding online archival, networking, electronic mail systems, GIS, AI,
  the "information superhighway" and other topics relevant to online activism.
  Editor: Gail Junion-Metz <>
  Subscribe (online): or listserv@dartcms1.bitnet,
                      message body: "SUBSCRIBE LITANEWS <firstname>

* Loka-L
  An occasional series of electronic postings on democratic politics of
  science and technology, issued by the Loka Institute.
  Admin: Dick Sclove <>
  Subscribe requests: ask 

* Minnesota Politics & Public Policy E-Mail Forum (MN-POLITICS)
  MN-POLITICS is an unmoderated Internet electronic-mail list for the sharing
  of information on and discussion of Minnesota politics and public  policy.
  Members of this forum are encouraged to contribute campaign and election
  information, announcements from Minnesota-focused political and civic
  organizations, public policy and legislative information, and presentations
  on issues of public interest. MN-POLITICS is associated with the Minnesota
  E-Democracy Project.
  Subscribe requests:, message body: subscribe mn-politics
  Admin: Mick Souder <>

* (general "interesting stuff" list)

* Net-Letter Guide
  A periodical & frequently updated list of "newsy periodicals available
  through the Internet."  By John Higgins.
  Subscribe:, subject: SUBSCRIBE NET-LETTER
  FTP:, /pub/Net_info/Resources/e-zines.list
  Gopher:, 1/Net_info/Resources, e-zines.list

* The Network Observer (TNO)
  A free, monthly online newsletter about networks and democracy.  Available
  via the RRE mailing list, backissues archived on the RRE files-by-email
  server (see separate Red Rock Eater [RRE] entries).
  Subscribe (RRE):, message body: "subscribe
             <firstname> <lastname>"
  FTPmail:, subject line: "archive help"

  A weekly newsletter of information relevant to community networking
  issues, as well as interesting and useful pointers to Internet resources.
  Subscribe/Info: (request to be added to N&C list)
  FTP:, /pub/Publications/E-journals/Net_Com/ 
  Gopher:, 1/Community/communets/
, 1/Publications/E-journals/Net_Com 
  WWW: gopher:// 


* NSF Network News
  NSF Network News (ISSN 1072-5172 hardcopy, 1072-6101 online) is
  published bimonthly in electronic and hard copy formats by InterNIC. The
  goal of this publication is to educate Internet users about network
  issues, resources, and tools; announce new and innovative uses of the
  Internet; and inform the Internet community of the activities of the
  InterNIC.  Electronic subscriptions: free. Domestic hardcopy subscriptions:
  free. International hardcopy subscriptions: $30/year for postage and
  handling.  Three versions of the electronic subscription are available:
  newsletter-dist is the mailing list for the ASCII text version of the
  newsletter; newsletter-html is the list for the HTML version (open
  document locally with your WWW browser); newsletter-announce is the list
  for brief announcements that describe the contents of current issue and
  how to get it.
  Admin: Paul W. Wilson (Editor) <>
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe <mailing list
             name - see 3 versions above>"
  FTP:, /infoguide/about-internic/newsletter/
  FTPmail:, message body: "send help"
  Gopher:, 1/infoguide/about-internic/newsletter
  WAIS: server -; source - internic-infoguide
  Voice: +1 619 455 4600
  Fax:   +1 619 455 4640
  Snail: InterNIC, General Atomics
         P.O. Box 85608, 9-2071
         San Diego CA 92186-9784

* Online-news
  Online-news is an Internet mailing list on the topic of online
  newspapers and magazines. It serves as a forum to discuss the
  evolution of newspaper and magazine experiments in electronic
  publishing. It also is the place in cyberspace where professionals
  working to design electronic publications of the future meet to get to
  know each other and exchange ideas. Online-news is NOT a general
  journalism discussion list. Its subject matter is limited to electronic
  Admin: Steve Outing <>
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe online-news"
  Voice (admin): +1 510 236 2118

* OTANews
  Online newsletters & announcements of the White House's Office of Technology
  Assessment (topics range from osteoporosis to NII, but is often relevant
  to online advocacy issues.)
  Subscribe:, message body: "subscribe otanews
             <email address>"

* (Privacy Enchanced Mailer developers)

* PRIVACY Forum Digest (PFD)
  Like RISKS, a rather selectively moderated digest. "It spans the full
  range of both technological and non-technological privacy-related issues
  (with an emphasis on the former)."  Moderated by Lauren Weinstein.
  Info: [msg. body: information privacy]
  Subscribe requests: [message body:
                      subscribe privacy <name>]

* Public-Access Computer Systems Forum (PACS-L), Review (PACS-R), News
  (PACS-N); Current Cites
  PACS-L is an Internet list that deals with all computer systems that
  libraries make available to their patrons.  While many users are
  librarians, PACS-L also serves computer specialists, faculty members, and
  others.  The list was founded in June 1989.  Currently, there are over
  8,270 users in 64 countries.  Moderated, archived.  The University of
  Houston Libraries provides PACS-L as a public service.  Also available:
  PACS-R, a refereed e-journal (also available by volume in book form); 
  PACS-N, an online newsletter, is sent out on the PACS-L list and
  is available as archived files.  the PACS-P (PACS publications) mailing
  list carries both PACS-R and PACS-N, as well as Current Cites, and
  online periodic bibliographic e-pub that reviews relevant publications.
  General (PACS-L):
  General (PACS-R): Charles W. Bailey, Jr. <>
  General (PACS-N): Dana Rooks <>
  Subscribe (PACS-L): (message body: "SUBSCRIBE PACS-L
                      <Firstname> <Lastname>"
  Subscribe (PACS-R, PACS-N & Current Cites only): same address (message body
            "SUBSCRIBE PACS-P <Firstname> <Lastname>")
  List database search (email): same address (message body "INFO DATABASE")
  List database search (telnet):, login: brsuser
  FTP:, /pub/Publications/E-journals/PACS/
  FTPmail: (message body: "INDEX PACS-L F=MAIL")
  Gopher:, 1/articles/e-journals/uhlibrary
, 1/Publications/E-journals/PACS
  WWW: gopher://

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