become a snarl of ineptitude. The idea of Uncle Sam is not inconsistent with the human element for humans are, in fact, computers of a sort that lack the total recall, instantaneous operation, tirelessness, and the uncanny accuracy of their machine counterparts. They work very well in harmony and in conjunction with each other - the one providing what the other lacks. The slowness and frequently the absence of reaction of the government to social needs results in the creation of a sense of alienation and helplessness in the general populace. Many experts and observers feel that the citizen's inability to express himself and make himself heard is the greatest weakness and ill in our society. Millions regard themselves as ineffectual pawns incapable of bringing about change or improvement even at the lowest levels of government and administration - they crave recognition and a sense of participation. This pressing need might well be also answered by computer technology and provide a step toward truly democratic procedures. Present knowledge is sufficient to devise an electronic voting system whereby the average voter could be consulted and heard on basic issues. A coded card, similar to a credit card, might be issued to a qualified voter. This, in turn, could identify the voter upon insertion into an apparatus incorporated into the telephone system, thereby permitting the voter to dial his vote by following designated procedures. This type of equipment could be in every home possessing telephone service and conveniently located booths could serve others who lack individual telephone service or who may be away from their homes. Radio and television could be more fully employed to keep the public abreast of current issues and prepared to make intelligent decisions on matters relating to the public welfare. Computers could tally these votes and furnish them directly to legislative government thus bringing about a return to democratic procedures unknown since the days of the great Grecian cities. If anything this would be improvement upon any democratic procedure ever employed on a large scale basis. For the first time the public could express itself directly without all of the representative inconsistencies and blindness that we now experience. Another improvement would be to gradually transfer much of the governmental function to segments of private industry. This would be in keeping with our professed faith in free enterprise and consistent with the fact that business is much more efficient and goal oriented than the present framework of governmental administration. These duties and responsibilities could still be originated, supervised, advised, and checked upon by government personnel at the upper levels. The functions and activities themselves would be the assignment of private companies or independent agencies that are geared for efficiency and results. This arrangement would produce greater accomplishment of goals and at great savings to the taxpayer. There would be benefits to be reaped all the way around. One such benefit would be the elimination of duplication and the removal of personnel who are often incapable, indifferent, or lacking in motivation or dedication. The present efficient government employee would have nothing to fear for he would readily be absorbed into the new system with extended responsibilities and a much greater opportunity to prove himself. There is nothing sanctified or holy about governmental form that precludes its being changed or altered to conform to new demands and needs, to make better responses. Many of the founders of our country expressed this attitude freely and made allowances for it in the Constitution. lf we're going to retain the old dinosaur, Iet's at least give it some assistance and provide it with modern aids. It deserves our wholehearted support and is most certainly in our best interests. Juvenile Information System Killed Last April, an unusual alliance of computer professionals and civil liberties advocates managed to halt the implementation of a Juvenile Information System in the Santa Clara, California Probation Department. The victory was the result of a lot of people learning about other people's problems and beginning to care about them. Dorothy Ellenburg, director of the Council for Community Action Planning, Inc. in San Jose brought to light the problem with JIS. The system, which was to centralize the files of juveniles in order to enable agencies all over the county to have access to them, raised questions among her group because it called for the inclusion of the names of juveniles who weren't officially "deIinquent". With the help of Carol Guddal, a technical writer for Hewlett-Packard and more than 30 other volunteer computer professionals, the CCAP studied the abuses to which the JIS might be subject, and were able to convince the county board of supervisors to defeat its implementation. A central objection to JlS that the computer professionals brought to light was its lack of security. With terminals all over the county that would produce not just displays of data, but printouts too, there was little that could be done to control the confidentiality of information. CCAP argued that such easy access to information about children who weren't even criminals would be tantamount to labelling then as "asocial kids". The computer experts who studied the implications of the system agreed. A byproduct of the joint effort was the establishment of a data confidentiality commission in the county. The group is studying the implications of computerization and information sharing of the more than three million individual records compiled by county government on its citizens. Carol Guddal stated very clearly what she and the other computer experts learned and intend to remember as a result of their involvement: "It's easy to become isolated from the use of these systems after they've been shipped out the door. . . . l'm not so sure that I'll be guilty of it anymore. I never realized how profoundly a computer system can influence a community. They are not toys." SYSTEMATIC TRI-PHASE PROIECTION (Prophetic Rhetoric) by Linda S. Labelson Our company has integrated a transitional logistical concept. The total policy options consist of flexibility and capability with a functional parallelled time-phase projection. Total hardware mobility is to be monitored with programmed digital synchronized contingency. Our objective is third-generation programming; responsive, balanced management, with a totalitarian compatibility. Circumspectly, we purport an accelerated expediting of this highly technical innovation.