Weblog entry #72 for dkg

Turning my back on the IEEE
Posted by dkg on Tue 1 Mar 2011 at 18:32
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I used to maintain a membership with IEEE. I no longer do.

The latest nonsense to come from them is a change for the worse in their copyright assignment policy, which i thought was already problematic.

Other engineering societies (IETF, USENIX, etc) continue to do socially relevant, useful work without attempting to control copyright of work contributed to them. This just makes IEEE look like a power- and money-hungry organization, rather than a force for positive advancement of technology.

For shame, IEEE.

I will not consider reinstating my membership unless the organization changes their copyright assignment and publication policy to better reflect the spirit of scientific inquiry and technological advancement they should stand for.

 

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Posted by Anonymous (138.163.xx.xx) on Tue 1 Mar 2011 at 21:25
I dropped my membership in the IEEE a while back because they support software patents. Fortunately, the ACM hasn't followed their lead.

- Nathan (who can be reached at the usual admin addresses at hardcorehackers.com; I'm just too lazy to create an alias for this site at this time).

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Posted by Anonymous (200.49.xx.xx) on Tue 15 Mar 2011 at 18:15
I left the IEEE for the same reasons, and I'll add that they will promote a lot of propietary stuff as "the solution" to lots of things.

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Posted by dkg (2001:0xx:0xx:0xxx:0xxx:0xxx:xx) on Fri 18 Nov 2011 at 01:31
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Here's yet another example of IEEE not getting it, this time with respect to gender issues in engineering. sigh.

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