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Senator Leahy to Keynote Computer Policy Conference

Experts at ACM-Sponsored Conference Debate Cybersecurity, Privacy, Democracy in World of Computing-Enabled Devices

Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession


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WASHINGTON DC, May 24, 2011

 WHAT:    2011 Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy sponsored by ACM

  • Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair, Senate Judiciary Committee, to Keynote Conference June 16
  • Keynoter Cameron Kerry, US Dept. of Commerce General Counsel
  • Keynoter  Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research
  • Keynoter Edith Ramirez, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Keynoter Mona Eltahawy, Columnist on Arab and Muslim issues
  • Keynoter Bruce Schneier, Renowned security technologist and author
  • Keynoter Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
  • ACM Public Policy Council (USACM) leaders Annie Anton, Stuart Shapiro, Andrew Grosso

WHEN:   June 14-16 - Complimentary press registration (except meals)
WHERE: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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

  • Democracy movements in Middle East
  • Do-Not-Track re consumer privacy
  • Mandatory cloud data retention schemes
  • The "Internet Kill Switch"
  • E-health records and security
  • Smart grid technologies            
  • Cybersecurity, freedom & privacy
  • International privacy regime tensions
  • Accessible computing technologies
  • Automated police functions
  • Airport screening technology
  • Locational privacy and mobile devices

    The future is now.  As predicted in previous CFP conferences, computing-enabled devices now track, monitor, and convey messages that influence consumers’ decisions.  This year’s meeting takes a stroll around the global village called cyberspace through a series of plenary sessions, workshops and panels.

About Computers, Freedom and Privacy

CFP is the leading Internet policy conference, exploring the impact of the Internet, computers and communications technologies on society for 21 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 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.  

For More Information:     
Virginia Gold, ACM, 212-626-0505,

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