Friday, November 26, 2004


I've attended this conference twice and have come away impressed at the vigilance of a dedicated group of attorneys and technology gurus dedicated to preserving and advocating personal and financial privacy. It's mostly preaching to the choir since everyone attending seems to agree on the importance of protecting privacy in all it's forms. But you'll come away aware of more that needs to be done and additional privacy concerns we all inevitably need to protect.

Invaluable conference that I recommend highly for all charged with privacy issues for their web site or business. The following is an announcement from conference organizers seeking proposals for speakers and topics. Jump in if you have anything to offer the privacy community!

Date: Fri Nov 26, 2004 5:14:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
To: *
Subject: CFP-2005 Call for Proposals

Panopticon 2005

April 12-15, 2005, Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA

The 15th annual conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy takes place from Tuesday, April 12th, to Friday, April 15th, 2005, in Seattle, Washington.

The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for conference sessions and speakers for CFP2005. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2004

CFP serves as an internationally recognized forum for the members of the technical, government, hacker, legal, business, education, media, cyber-rights, and non-profit communities to address cutting edge technical, business, legal and cultural issues. Programs, topics, and speakers from prior years' CFP conferences can be found at:

The CFP2005 Program Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of technology, freedom and privacy. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that ask the hard questions about privacy and freedom in emerging surveillance societies, and challenging those assumptions. For example, how much surveillance is too much? When does surveillance cease making us more secure and begin to change the fabric of society?

The theme of the 15th CFP is "Panopticon 2005." Over time, and particularly recently, surveillance of ordinary citizens has increasedto 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.

In addition to topics directly related to the Panopticon 2005 theme, other areas of interest include:

  1. domestic and international travel issues

  2. communications surveillance

  3. children and young adults growing up in a surveillance society

  4. social networking

  5. the flourishing of free speech (i.e. blogging) in spite of increased

  6. RFIDs and other emerging technologies

  7. Intellectual property issues

We are seeking proposals for tutorials, plenary sessions, workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions. We are also seeking suggestions for speakers and other relevant topics not listed above. Sessions should present a wide range of thinking on a topic by including speakers from different viewpoints. We particularly welcome proposals for non-traditional presentations - those that utilize drama, "mock trials," interactivity, the performing arts, and audience participation.

Complete submission instructions appear on the CFP2005 web site:

All submissions must be received by December 31, 2004. The CFP2005 Program Committee will notify submitters of the status of their proposals by January 20, 2005.

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