21st Annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference Seeks Program and Poster Proposals

General Interest, Intellectual Freedom Issues, Privacy, Technology

The 21st annual Computers, Freedom, & Privacy (CFP) is accepting program and poster proposals for this year’s conference, which will take place on June 14-16, 2011 in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2011 conference is “The Future is Now.”

Past CFPs have explored what computing technology means for freedom and privacy, including its usefulness as a surveillance tool and its potential ubiquity. This year’s call for proposals will focus on the present state of technology and its impact on human rights struggles around the world.

The call for proposals seeks contributions for this year’s agenda. The meeting will involve technologists, privacy policy experts, and policymakers in discussions about the information society and the future of technology, innovation, and freedom.

Submission Deadlines:

  • April 3, 2011 Deadline for Poster Showcase Submissions
  • May 1, 2011 Final Deadline for Program Submissions

Topics for consideraton at CFP 2011:

  • What is social media’s role in the charged democracy movement in the Middle East and North Africa?
  • How can technology and social media support human rights?
  • What is the impact of mobile personal computing technology on freedom and privacy?
  • Are the courts, policy and decision makers ready to address freedom and privacy in a 24/7 connected world?
  • Are our leaders tech savvy enough to make good legal and policy decisions regarding the deployment of smart grid, e-health records,and the spread of consumer location based advertising?
  • How will access to the wealth of knowledge available online be assured?
  • Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Smart Grid: are they passing tech
    fads or here to stay?
  • And much more!

To see the categories for submissions for this year’s CFP visit:


To make a submission, please consult the following

If you would like to see examples of submissions, visit http://bit.ly/geP9Qh

Computers, Freedom, and Privacy does not generally provide compensation to speakers. All conference registration fees will be waived for academic, non-profit, and government speakers (excluding speakers for Birds of a Feather sessions). Travel funding may be available on a case-by-case basis or through scholarship programs.

If you have questions contact cfp2011@epic.org.

Your contributions to this year’s CFP are appreciated. We are working to sponsor travel for a number of human rights activists from the Middle East and North Africa to attend this year’s conference. If you know of an organization or company that would interested in supporting CFP 2011 please contact Jules Polonetsky.