Call for Proposals: Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference

By Cameron
March 14, 2008

The call for panel and speaker proposals has been issued for the 2008 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference, which is on May 20-23 in New Haven, CT. More information can be found on the conference’s website. Below is the formal notice. Note the short deadline of March 21 for proposal submissions.

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


This election year will be the first to address US technology policy in the information age as part of our national debate. Candidates have put forth positions about technology policy and have recognized that it has its own set of economic, political, and social concerns. In the areas of privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and freedom of speech, an increasing number of issues once confined to experts now penetrate public conversation. Our decisions about technology policy are being made at a time when the architectures of our information and communication technologies are still being built. Debate about these issues needs to be better-informed in order for us to make policy choices in the public interest.

This year, the 18th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference will focus on what constitutes technology policy. CFP: Technology Policy ’08 is an opportunity to help shape public debate on those issues being made into laws and regulations and those technological infrastructures being developed. The direction of our technology policy impacts the choices we make about our national defense, our civil liberties during wartime, the future of American education, our national healthcare systems, and many other realms of policy discussed more prominently on the election trail. Policies ranging from data mining and wiretapping, to file-sharing and open access, and e-voting to electronic medical records will be addressed by expert panels of technologists, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates.

Open participation is invited for proposals on panels, tutorials, speaker suggestions, and birds of a feather sessions through the CFP: Technology Policy ’08 submission at

Suggested topics for discussion include:

  • Information Privacy
  • Anonymity Online
  • Government Transparency
  • Voting Technology
  • Online Campaigning
  • Social Networks
  • Citizen Journalism
  • Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism
  • Digital Education
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Patent Reform
  • Open Access
  • P2P Networks
  • Information Policy and Free Trade
  • Media Concentration
  • Genes & Bioethics
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Web Accessibility
  • Open Standards
  • Network Neutrality
  • High-Speed Internet Access Policy
  • Freedom of Information
  • Technology Policy Administration

Submission Deadlines:
Panel, Tutorial, and Speaker proposals: March 21, 2008.
Birds of a Feather Session (BoFs) proposals: April 21, 2008.

Panel, Tutorial, and Speaker proposals accepted by the Program Committee will be notified by April 7, 2008.

Registration available online at

Funding for Journalists

The Yale Law School Law and Media Program (LAMP) announces an opportunity for journalists to receive full funding to attend CFP: Technology Policy ’08. CFP: Technology Policy ’08 will begin with a full day of tutorials and programming specifically geared toward journalists writing about information technology and policy, followed by a networking reception for journalists and other participants in the Law and Media Program. Journalists writing on privacy, intellectual property, telecommunications and cyberlaw are encouraged to apply for conference funding, which will include travel, hotel, meals and any registration fees for the full conference.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the program, along with your resume and three writing samples (by e-mail and hard copy) to Tracey Parr (, Yale Law School, P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215, by March 31, 2008. Up to twenty journalists will receive conference funding. Applicants accepted for conference funding will be notified by April 4, 2008.