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Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference: Seattle, April 12-15

CFP (www.cfp2005.org) is the leading Internet policy conference,
shaping the public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in the
online world for more than a decade -- and this year it's in Seattle.
The 15th annual ACM Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy will be held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle, WA, April 12-15, 2005. CFP2005 is chaired by Deborah Pierce of PrivacyActivism, and this year's theme is Panopticon:

Over time, and particularly recently, surveillance of ordinary citizens has increased to dramatic levels. Not only are governments watching more aspects of their citizens' lives, but those in the private sector are increasing surveillance of people as well. Often lost in the race to "increase intelligence" are discussions about different approaches to address problems like the threat of terrorism that are equally or more effective, but do not involve extensive and constant surveillance.

Some of this year's topics include accountability on the internet, adware, anonymity, biometrics, blogging, constitutional law in cyberspace, copyright, cryptography and elections, data brokers (e.g ChoicePoint), DRM, email and wiretapping, FISA, 'glogging, identity theft, location tracking, Patriot Act, podcasting, privacy, RFID tags, science fiction writers, spyware and surveillance.

The full program is available at  http://www.cfp2005.org/Program.html; here are a few of the many highlights:
Unstoppable speech (or, the Revolution will be podcast)
Hollywood Films: Fact or Fiction Following 9/11
Observing Hidden Surveillance Structures
Mark Hosler of Negativland: Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland
Sousveillance in the Panopticon (the opening plenary debate)
Developing An ICT Toolkit For Human Rights Defenders Working in Extreme Situations [a tutorial]
Keeping an Eye on the Panopticon: Workshop on Vanishing Anonymity
Keynotes by Bruce Schneier (author of Beyond Fear), Daniel J. Solove (author of The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age), and Bill Scannell (founder of BoycottDelta and Don't Spy on Us)
Electronic Frontier Foundation's 14th Annual Pioneer Awards and Privacy International's 7th annual U.S. Big Brother Awards

On-site registration is available for single days or the entire conference; registration is free for journalists (although there is a fee for meals, tutorials, and workshops). For those unable to attend in person, most sessions will be blogged, and presentation materials and audio will be available on the web soon after the conference.

homepage: homepage: http://www.cfp2005.org

Please... 11.Apr.2005 11:10

Orwellian Trashcan

By and far computers do more harm than good and it's safe to say that thry have done the most in ridding the world of privacy. Sure you can circumvent some spyware and innate Orwellian monitoring systems but... as time goes on, as you websurf and continue to be part of the technosphere, you weaken yourself just as the world itself is weakened. What do I mean by that? Figure it out. Be elite or log off. How will the system develop an appetite or itself? Check out the link: www.infosyssec.comw