"Called GeekPAC, the fledgling organization already counts
several high-profile hackers and writers among its numbers,
including open-source evangelist Eric Raymond and technology
business writer David 'Doc' Searls.
"GeekPAC was conceived by Searls and Jeff Gerhardt, the CEO of a
Chicago-area ISP who also hosts The Linux Show webcast.
"In addition, the two announced plans to form another
organization, the American Open Technology Consortium, or AOTC,
which will issue advisory statements but not perform political
lobbying. Among the first AOTC members was Paul Jones, the
University of North Carolina professor best known for UNC's
pioneering Sunsite information server project (later renamed