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Computer Experts Tackle Privacy, Security Policy Issues at CFP 2010

20th Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference Features Sessions on Privacy in Cloud Computing, Healthcare IT, Smart Grids, Social Network Activism, 2010 Census Concerns, Human Rights Issues

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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SAN JOSE, CA, April 29, 2010 -- Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond will discuss human rights in the context of the World Wide Web, and Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen will probe privacy issues in cloud computing in their respective keynote addresses at the ACM Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP 2010) June 15th-18th at San Jose State University.  The conference is sponsored by ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery).

            Other organizations with representatives participating in CFP 2010 panels and workshops include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the Future of Privacy Forum, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the World Privacy Forum, and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

            "The CFP conference offers a timely opportunity to understand how computing and information technologies are transforming our society,” said conference co-chair Jon Pincus of Qworky.  "By bringing together a unique mix of communities representing consumer advocates, business interests, technologists, policy and legal analysts, and activists in the Silicon Valley, where so many companies are creating the future, we can chart a path toward advancing freedom and privacy in this networked world."

             Nicole Ozer of the Northern California ACLU leads the opening panel entitled "Privacy and Free Speech: It's Good for Business."  Beth Givens of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse heads a second panel, "Online Information Brokers and Privacy: Where’s the Balance?"  Other features include a technology fair showcasing privacy protection technologies, as well as sessions on "Investing in Privacy," "The Internet of Things," and "Foundations of Trust Online."

            Also on the program, professional unconference facilitator Kaliya Hamlin leads the first "Unconference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy." Attendees will create an agenda in real time, and form groups to discuss how to protect online freedom and privacy. Other features include graduate student poster sessions displaying individual research and Birds of a Feather roundtable sessions.

            "We are pleased to welcome this annual conference back to the Bay Area," said CFP 2010 co-chair Dorothy Glancy, professor of law at Santa Clara University.  "Californians are on the cutting edge of technology policy, from privacy and apps on smartphones to social networks, healthcare information exchanges, the Smart Grid, robots and the business value of privacy and free speech. This event provides an ideal forum to network with knowledgeable leaders and to share perspectives that will determine how we shape the future of computers, freedom and privacy in our networked environment."

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About Computers, Freedom and Privacy

CFP, Computers, Freedom and Privacy, is the leading Internet policy conference, exploring the impact of the Internet, computers and communications technologies on society. 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 the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing 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.    

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