INTRODUCTION and OBJECTIVES
The death of Perry N. Finley prompted the organization of the not-for-profit foundation
formed in 1995 to continue Perry's work. It encompasses a number of issues and fields, in particular
ACCOMPLISHED and FUTURE PLANS
- developing methods and encouraging advancement of new technologies benefitting all interested citizens, government and industry;
easing publication of complex scientific and academic text on the internet; i.e. mathematics, physics, engineering, communication, etc.;
facilitating widespread dissemination of critical information to interested recipients via electronic means;
studying issues of copyrights, patents and royalties to authors in such environments;
contemplating and analyzing issues of the First Amendment under such conditions to ensure protection and preservation of freedom of speech and freedom to print and publish without censorship consistent with the interests of a democratic society - yet taking into consideration certain limits on that freedom by our right to privacy and limits for the protection of children and information that might violate community norms.
The organization, at its inception, has secured the support of many individuals and many of Perry's associates that are also committed to these goals, encompassing academia, computer industry, law, consulting, engineering, construction and music industries.
The establishment of a "reading room" in the North End of Boston, housing an extensive library in numerous academic subjects that was the property of Perry N. Finley, is complete at this time, and we are extremely pleased to announce that it is open by appointment to all interested parties.
In addition to housing the library, this "reading room" serves as
The foundation will also be promoting groups and/or individuals that are developing promising techniques to freely publish complicated scientific text on the net.
a common location to meet for contemplation and study;
a "think tank" to debate and discuss above issues;
a meeting point to scrutinize and examine progress made on specific projects promoted by the foundation;
a conference room for membership meetings.
The incorporators and associates of the foundation have every intention to build a viable and dynamic organization dedicated to the distribution of critical information in our computer age, fostering development of specific technology to accomplish this for the benefit of all citizens and working to safeguard our freedom of speech and print in this context for this as well as future generations.
The foundation has presently no paid staff members and is relying completely on the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
Date of this statement: October 15, 1995