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Getting a Jump on CFP ’08

Early Bird Registration for the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference is up on Friday and, if you’re like me, you probably haven’t registered yet. So here is your reminder… go register!

It looks like a great conference — John Morris and I are speaking from CDT. Here are all the details:

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

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Hotel Conference Discount Deadline: May 1, 2008
Early Bird Registration: Fri., May 2, 2008
Yale Journal of Law and Technology Tech Policy Essay Contest: Mon., May 5, 2008


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. 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. Social networking groups on Facebook and LinkedIn are providing new spaces for the CFP community to meet and discuss. The Yale Journal of Law and Technology is hosting a call for essays, on the priorities of the next administration, with more details below.

We look forward to seeing you in New Haven on May 20-23.