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Highlights from PrivacyCampDC09!

This post was originally made on the PrivacyCamp Blog.

PrivacyCampDC is in the books and it was fantastic! A collection of people representing interests in both the public and private sector gathered together to share knowledge and expertise on a number of topics including (but certainly not limited to) the future of privacy rights in a Government 2.0 world, surveillance technologies, digital signage, updating the 1974 federal Privacy Act (something CDT is pushing for citizen feedback on with their Privacy Act Wiki if you want to check it out), and how we achieve a greater level of transparency and openness without compromising ones privacy. With attendees representing privacy organizations, federal agencies, security companies, information technology and even Congress, there were a lot of great ideas shared during the event.

One of the most important takeaways that nearly everyone walked away with was the notion that collaborative discussion is vital to protecting privacy in the digital age. The more voices and interests at the table from the beginning, the more likely concerns will be addressed as legislation is crafted, regulations are made, and the intersection between government and new and emerging technologies grows.

The event was tweeted under the hashtag #privacydc and a video slideshow featuring photos from the event’s Flickr page is available. Can’t wait for the next one!