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Privacy Law & Policy Reporter --- "10th Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy" [1999] PrivLawPRpr 30; (1999) 5(10) Privacy Law & Policy Reporter 202

10th Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy

CFP2000: Challenging the Assumptions

The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 4-7 2000

Call for participation

The Program Committee of the 10th Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP2000) is seeking proposals for conference sessions and speakers.

For the past decade, CFP has played a major role in the public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in the online world. The CFP audience is as diverse as the Net itself, with attendees not only from government, business, education, and non-profits, but also from the community of computer professionals, hackers, crackers and engineers who work the code of cyberspace. The themes have been broad and forward-looking. CFP explores what will be — it is the place where the future is mapped.

The theme of the 10th CFP conference is ‘Challenging the Assumptions’. After a decade of CFP conferences, it’s time to examine what we have learned. ‘On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’ has become a cliche, but we’ve learned that unless we take measures to protect our identities, people can and do identify us on the internet. We have talked about the role of government in cyberspace, and some have even suggested that the Net needs no government. But now that increasing numbers of people around the world are relying on the internet not just as a marketplace of ideas but the market where they conduct their daily business, the issue of governance has come to the forefront. And even where no rules have been imposed by governments, some argue that standards setters and technology implementers have imposed de facto rules. At CFP2000 we want to re-examine the assumptions we have been making and consider which ones still make sense as we move forward.

Proposals are welcomed on all aspects of computers, freedom, and privacy. We strongly encourage proposals that challenge the future, tackle the hard questions, look at old issues in new ways, articulate and analyse key assumptions, and present complex issues in all their complexity.

We are seeking proposals for tutorials, plenary sessions, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. We are also seeking suggestions for speakers and topics. Sessions should present a wide range of thinking on a topic by including speakers from different viewpoints. Complete submission instructions appear on the CFP2000 web site at <>. All submissions must be received by 15 October 1999. The CFP2000 Program Committee will notify submitters of the status of their proposals by 3 December.

Workshop on Freedom and Privacy by Design

On the first day of CFP2000 we will hold a workshop that explores using technology to bring about strong protections of civil liberties which are guaranteed by the technology itself — in short, to get hackers, system architects, and implementors strongly involved in CFP and its goals. Our exploration of technology includes (a) implemented, fielded systems, and (b) what principles and architectures should be developed, including which open problems must be solved, to implement and field novel systems that can be inherently protective of civil liberties.

We aim to bring together implementors and those who have studied the social issues of freedom and privacy in one room to generate ideas for systems that we should field, and implementation strategies for fielding them.

If you would like to participate, you must submit a short paper or extended abstract on some issue related to the workshop by 12 November. Complete submission instructions are available at

CFP student competition

Full time college or graduate students may compete for financial support to attend the conference and for cash prizes. Three $500 cash prizes will be awarded for the best paper, the best web presentation, and the submission that best makes use of the vast trove of papers, audio, and video materials from the past 10 years of Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conferences. Free CFP conference registrations and travel scholarships will be awarded to the top winners as well as for several honorable mentions. For full submission information, see

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