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8:00am – 9:00am Continental breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am PLENARY SESSION:
  China Syndrome

China has begun to exert extraordinary control over the Internet’s most critical attributes—openness and user empowerment—requiring many American companies to either conform to censorship mandates or pull their business from the Chinese market. This plenary panel will bring together human rights advocates, experts in Internet law and policy and corporate social responsibility, and representatives of Internet companies doing business in China to address the difficult question of what the United States government and Internet companies should do in response to unprecedented Internet censorship and surveillance in China and other repressive regimes. The panel is intended to move the dialogue past blame and recrimination and toward solutions.

Lance Cottrell
, Founder, President and Chief Scientist, Anonymizer, Inc.
Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights In China
Eric Biel, Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel, Human Rights First
Larry Hinman, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Values Institute, University of San Diego
Fred Tipson, Microsoft
Andrew McLaughlin, Senior Policy Counsel, Google

Leslie Harris


10:15am – 11:30am PLENARY SESSION:
  Google Print

The highly-publicized Google Print lawsuit represents the tip of a much larger copyright iceberg that could influence a variety of emerging indexing and search technologies. New indexing technologies, including audio fingerprinting, video indexing, and facial recognition, all depend on making copies of the materials being indexed. Accordingly, finding an accommodation between copyright and indexing activities will be important for much more than just the indexing of print publications.

This panel will examine emerging indexing technologies and discuss the potential impact of copyright law on the pace and course of their future development.

Michael Godwin
, Yale Law School
Jeff Ubois, Internet Archive (invited)
Alan Davidson, Google
Michael Edson, Smithsonian Institution

Fred von Lohmann

11:30am – 11:45am Break


12:00pm – 1:15pm Luncheon Keynote Speaker
  David Cavicke, General Counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

As Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, David has had a hand in crafting legislation on issues related to computer security and privacy, including the anti-spyware bill that passed the House of Representatives, and a bill to address data breaches. David will play a key role in any legislative efforts on privacy and other issues that are top-of-mind for the CFP community. David will talk about these issues, and the Committee process, during his luncheon talk.

1:15pm – 1:30pm Break



1:30pm – 2:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS:


This panel will discuss the ins and outs of Wikipedia. Wikipedia shows the power of collaboration in the Internet community. How does Widipedia reconcile the right to know with potential privacy considerations? This session will explore those and other aspects of Wikipedia.

S J Klein
Kat Walsh
, Wikipedia Arbitration Committee
Mark Pellegrini, Graduate Student, University of Delaware & Wikipedia Arbitration Committee

Lenny Foner

Yacht Rock

The Internet has for years been trumpeted as a way for independent artists to find an audience on their own terms, but many have found that simply building a Web site is not enough. In this session, filmmakers, musicians and experts talk about the role that online word-of-mouth has played in their careers.

The Internet has proven to be a powerful way for independent musicians and filmmakers to develop an audience through word of mouth.

But countless bedroom poets have found that it's usually not enough to simply set up a Web site and expect the world to appreciate their genius: More than 10 years after the Internet hit the mainstream, there is no established roadmap for effective promotion.

While record labels try to stamp out file sharing, musicians like DJ Danger Mouse and the Arctic Monkeys have found that it has furthered their careers. Filmmakers like JD Ryznar give away their work for free to build their resumes, while download services like eMusic try to encourage their listeners to discover music they wouldn't hear normally.

In this panel, musicians, filmmakers and experts will talk about their own experiences in finding an audience online, and whether online measures of success (downloads) can lead to traditional measures of success (paychecks).

Andrew Baron
, Founder and producer of the internet show, "Rocketboom" and adjunct graduate professor at Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Jenny Toomey, Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition
JD Ryznar, writer, director, and star of the internet series "Yacht Rock"
Andy Sullivan, reporter for Reuters News Service

Andy Sullivan
, Reuters

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Among the issues of debate at the World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunisia in 2005 was the question of developing countries’ relationship to the Internet: what role should those countries have in shaping the future of the Internet and what role could the Internet have in the economic and democratic development of those countries? While much of the WSIS debate focused on the desire of some developing countries to exercise greater control over the DNS and ICANN, more relevant for developing countries may be the lack of an enabling environment for development of the Internet at the national level and barriers to the ability of individuals to engage in online commerce and expressive activity.

If the Internet is to fulfill its potential as a tool of democratization and human development, it must be widely accessible and affordable. This panel would examine the sources of the digital divide, look at the status of Internet deployment and adoption in developing countries, and discuss the challenges emerging economies face.

William Drake, President, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility; and Director, Project on the Information Revolution and Global Governance, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
Samia Melhem, Senior Operations Officer, InfoDev, Global Information and Communication Technologies Division World Bank

Paula Bruening
, Staff Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology

Cell Phone Tracking

Whenever your cell phone is turned on, your wireless provider knows where you are. This information has the potential to aid the government in law enforcement and anti-terror efforts, but also raises privacy concerns. This panel will discuss how cell phone tracking works, what wireless providers are doing with this data, and their obligations to maintain your privacy. The panel will focus on the legal implications of cell phone tracking and recent court decisions examining the legality of warrantless government tracking.

Orin Kerr
, George Washington University
Clifford Fishman, Catholic University of America
Kevin Bankston, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Wes Clark, Drug Enforcement Administration

Michael Sussmann
, Perkins Coie

Gregory Beck
, Public Citizen

2:45pm – 4:00pm PLENARY SESSION:
  Digital Rights Management

The discovery in late 2005 of security, privacy, and consumer protection issues in digital rights management (DRM) software loaded onto millions of Sony BMG compact discs outraged many consumers and put the DRM debate front-and-center. Some view DRM technologies as necessary to the continued growth of a vibrant online marketplace, while others have criticized them as futile or detrimental to consumer interests and the general balance of copyright law. This panel will start by discussing the extent to which the Sony BMG incident offers general lessons concerning the practical, privacy and security, and legal risks associated with DRM.

Is it possible to design DRM that does not limit fair use, create security risks, or invade music fans' privacy? Is DRM even necessary? What have been the effects so far of the DRM that has been deployed? The panel also will explore considerations relating to government involvement in DRM by, for example, requiring or selecting DRM technology. Finally, the panel will look ahead to the direction DRM seems likely to take. How are future technologies like Vista, BluRay and others going to change the DRM debate?

Susan Landau, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
Bill Rosenblatt, DRM Watch
Alex Halderman, Princeton
Kurt Opshal, EFF

Rob Pegoraro
, Reporter, The Washington Post

Corynne McSherry
David Sohn


4:00pm – 4:30pm Closing Keynote Speaker

Vernor Vinge, Mathematician, Technologist
and Author

Vernor will wrap up this year’s CFP conference – weaving the discussions together and looking to the future of Computers, Freedom and Privacy and what it all means.


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