Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Announcing: Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2008!

18th Annual CFP conference
May 20-23, 2008
Omni Hotel
New Haven, CT

What should the technology policy priorities of the next administration be?

As the choice of presidential candidates becomes clearer and election year moves towards a comparison of the candidates' platforms on the issues, technology policy is increasingly relevant to the forefront of public debate. In the areas of privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and freedom of speech, topics that were once confined to experts now appear in the mainstream of political issues. We now know that our decisions about technology policy are being made at a time as the architectures of our information and communication technologies are still being built.

This year, the 18th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference is focusing on those issues at the forefront of technology policy this election year. With plenary panels on the "National Security State and the Next Administration" and "The 21st Century Panopticon?" the discussions taking place look towards our present and future priorities.

CFP: Technology Policy '08 is an opportunity to participate in shaping those issues being made into laws and regulations and those technological infrastructures being developed. Policies ranging from spyware and national security, to ISP filtering and patent reform, e-voting to electronic medical records, and more will be addressed by expert panels of technologists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists. The panel topics are listed below and full panel descriptions are available on the conference website.

The CFP: Technology Policy `08 conversation has already begun in the virtual spaces connected to the conference: the CFP community wiki, a Facebook group, a LinkedIn group, and this blog. Even if you are unable to attend the conference this year, there are several opportunities to participate remotely. The guiding principles that ought to guide our policies are being debated on the conference blog -- see the 9.5 theses thread for an early example. The Yale Journal of Law and Technology is hosting a call for essays on the priorities of the next administration,. And the Workshop on Activism and Education using Social Networks has already started accumulating resources on the wiki, and will include remote participation during the conference.

Of course, if you can make it, it's even better being there in person.
We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on May 20-23.

Eddan Katz
CFP: Technology Policy '08 Program Chair

Hotel Conference Discount Deadline: May 1, 2008
Early Bird Registration: Fri., May 2, 2008
YJoLT Tech Policy Essay Contest: Mon., May 5, 2008

Conference program

Plenary sessions

  • Presidential Technology Policy: Priorities for the Next Executive
  • The 21st Century Panopticon?
  • The National Security State and the Next Adminstration

  • A Short History of Privacy
  • Constitutional Law in Cyberspace
  • e-Deceptive Campaign Practices: Elections 2.0
  • Maintaining Privacy While Accessing On-line Information

  • Activism and Education Using Social Networks

Panel sessions
  • Breaking the Silence: Iranians Find a Voice on the Internet
  • Charismatic Content: Wikis, Social Networks, and the Future of User-Generated Content
  • Filtering Out Copyright Infringement: Possibilities, Practicalities, and Legalities
  • Filtering and Censorship in Europe
  • Hate Speech and Oppression in Cyberspace
  • Interoperability at the Crossroads?: The "Liberal Order" versus Fragmentation
  • Law, Regulation, and Software Licensing for the Electronic Medical Record
  • Measuring Global Threats to Internet Freedom
  • Network Neutrality: Beyond the Slogans
  • New Challenges for Spyware Policy
  • Patents: The Bleeding Edge of Technology Policy
  • Privacy, Reputation, and the Management of Online Communities
  • Rights & Responsibilities for Software Programs?
  • States as Incubators of Change
  • "The Transparent Society:" Ten Years Later
  • Towards Trustworthy e-Voting: An Open Source Approach?

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