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“Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP) is the most important computer conference you’ve never heard of.” -Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, April4, 2000.

For 16 years, the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference has played a major role in the public debate on the future of privacy and freedom in the online world – around the world from Europe and Asia to North & South America.  The CFP audience is as diverse as the Net itself, with attendees from the community of computer professionals, hackers, crackers and engineers who work the code of cyberspace intersecting with representatives from government, business, education, and non-profits.  The themes are broad and forward-looking.  CFP explores what will be.  It is the place where the future is mapped.

CFP2006 will explore the most important issues facing the Internet and freedom in the United States and around the world, including: the authority of a government to spy on its citizens; rights to use and disseminate content in an increasingly digitized world; the state of privacy in an age of growing intrusions and data collection, and security breaches; the convergence of technologies and what that means; recent actions abroad to limit the use of technology and the Internet as a medium for disseminating information; the clash of technology and culture and the posting of private information in publicly accessible spaces; the global flow of data and what, if anything, is protected; and much, much more.

For more information, visit the CFP page – www.cfp.org and read CFP2000 Chair Lorrie Cranor’s essay "Ten Years of Computers, Freedom and Privacy: A Personal Retrospective".

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