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Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2009 — with a keynote by Willow Witte of Join the Impact!

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Now in its 19th year, CFP is the leading online civil liberties and privacy conference.  Yesterday featured workshops and tutorials on constitutional law in cyberspace, data fusion silos, advertising, and “Twittering in the trenches”.  Today, the main conference program kicks off a session on Computers and Freedom in the Obama administration,  followed by a debate involving civil libertarian Jim Harper of Cato Institute, security expert Bruce Schneier, FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni, and Stewart Baker, former General Counsel at the NSA – moderated by Ryan Singel of Wired’s Threat Level blog. Talk about an all-star cast!

And speaking of all-stars, Wednesday morning’s keynote on Join the Impact and DREAM Activists: perspectives from the next generation features JTI co-founder Willow Witte.  Michael Bolognino of Wetpaint will also be talking about JTI on Thursday’s session on Online activism around the world.  CFP’s always featured a strong LGBTQ perspective — for example Mara Keisling of NCTE spoke on transgender issues and drivers licenses at the 2007 opening plenary — and it’s really great to see JTI’s incredible wiki/social network activism get a much-deserved spotlight.

There’s a ton of good stuff throughout the program, including sessions on health care privacy, the future of print, behavioral profiling in airports, and online activism around the world.   The online schedule has details, and my post Creating the future at #cfp09: showtime for privacy and civil liberties activsm! on the CFP blog has more of my perspective.

Video is being streamed at and there’s a Twitter backchannel at #cfp09.

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