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.
The registration for the CFP 2008 conference will be open until Friday, May 23rd. Payment for the registration fee, early or late, can only be made with credit cards.
Open participation is invited for proposals on panels, tutorials, speaker suggestions, and birds of a feather sessions through the CFP: Technology Policy '08 submission system. (http://www.cfp2008.org/submissions/)
To be eligible for the student rate, you must be a full-time student in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program. A valid student ID or other proof of student status will be required at the time of check-in. Students who wish to guarantee a space in tutorials must pre-register and pay the tutorial fee.
Monday, May 19, 2008 8:00 AM - Friday, May 23, 2008 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
155 Temple Street
New Haven, CT 06510