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Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy to Explore Technology Policy Issues

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MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW HAVEN, CT - For Release March 19, 2008

TECHNOLOGY POLICY IN THE INFORMATION AGE:

COMPUTER SECURITY EXPERTS DEBATE POLITICAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS

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

· The Presidential candidates have issued technology policy positions on the campaign trail

· The stakes are high for privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and freedom of speech

· Tech policy decisions will influence emerging information and communications technologies

· Debate about these issues must be better informed to make policy choices in the public interest

· CFP 2008 features expert keynote speakers, panels, tutorials and birds-of-a-feather sessions

· FUNDING FOR JOURNALISTS through Yale Law School and Media Program (LAMP) for up to 20 journalists. To apply, contact Tracey Parr by March 31 at tracey.parr@yale.edu

WHEN: May 20-23 - Complimentary press registration (except meals) at www.cfp2008.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

WHERE: Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 155 Temple St., New Haven, CT

WHO: Leading technologists, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates on critical technology topics:


· Voting Technology

· Online Campaigning

· Social Networks

· Anonymity Online

· P2P Networks

· Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism

· Information Policy and Free Trade

· Media and Concentration

· Network Neutrality

· Electronic Medical Records

· Copyright and Fair Use


WHY: The 2008 election year is an opportunity to help shape public debate on issues that will determine the nation’s laws, regulations, and technological infrastructures. The direction of technology policy influences the choices we make about national defense, civil liberties during wartime, the future of American education, national healthcare systems, and other policy realms featured prominently in the election process. CFP2008 presents expert panels, renowned speakers, and rousing sessions to debate data mining and wiretapping, file-sharing and open access, and e-voting to electronic medical records.

About Computers, Freedom and Privacy

CFP http://www.cfp.org is the leading Internet policy conference, shaping the public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in the online world for 18 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 http://www.acm.org 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.

For More Information: Virginia Gold ACM 212-626-0505 vgold@acm.org

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