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Autonomy On The Electronic Frontier: An Invitation To Debate The Future


Virginia Gold

The Association for Computing Machinery


Montreal - April 17, 2007

WHAT: Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy
sponsored by ACM

  • Computing and the Internet: Armchair Discussion
  • Where People and the Surveillance Society Collide
  • Electronic Voting Integrity
  • Online Speech and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • 10 Years of Internet Content Regulation in Europe: Empowering or Infantilizing Citizens?
  • Only the DOJ Knows: the Secret Law of Electronic Surveillance
  • Suspicionless Surveillance and the U.S. Government
  • Ubiquitous Computing in the Retail Store of the Future
  • Digital Identity on the Internet: Boon or Nightmare?
  • Data Mining, Data Integrity, Data Fusion, Data Management
  • Big Brother Awards presented by Privacy International
  • Salon with CFP Innovators Ron Rivest and Whitfield Diffie

WHEN: May 1-4, 2007 - Complimentary press registration (except meals) at

WHERE: Hilton Montréal Bonaventure, 900 de la Gaucheteriere W., H5A 1E4Montreal, Canada

WHO: More than 50 opinion leaders and keynote speakers. May 2: Kenneth Mortensen, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security on why Your Reputation Precedes You; and Nicole Ozer, ACLU, on why Hot Spots are Chilly for Free Speech; Tim Edgar, US National Intelligence Director's Office, on No Fly Lists in the US and Canada; and Simon Davies, Privacy International on The Year That Was; May 3: Kim Cameron, Microsoft, on Reinventing Identity on the Internet; Michael Geist, University of Ottawa on the Future of the Internet; AOL Chief Privacy Officer Jules Polonetsky on Spyware and Stalking; and Lee Tien, Electronic Frontier Foundation on the U.S. Government's Suspicionless Surveillance Program; May 4: Security Guru Bruce Schneier on Fear and Security; Peter Neumann of SRI and Barbara Simons, ACM Past President on Electronic Voting Integrity.

WHY: We are moving to a world of ubiquitous surveillance, faster than anyone could have imagined. Since the events of September 11, 2001, citizens in developed countries, especially North Americans, have been asked to give up a little privacy, a little liberty, in the interests of safety. How can democracies survive the reality of constant surveillance of their own citizens? Can a democratic state exercise autonomy in this environment? CFP2007 presents expert panels, renowned speakers, and rousing sessions to wrestle with the pressures on autonomy and fundamental freedoms on the electronic frontier.

About Computers, Freedom and Privacy
CFP ( is the leading Internet policy conference, shaping the public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in the online world for 17 years. The CFP audience is as diverse as the net itself, with participants from government, law enforcement, business, and education, including computer professionals, hackers and engineers, non-profits, and the media. CFP is the place where the future is mapped.

About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

ACM/Press Release. Last updated April 17, 2007 by Steven Geringer