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7:30am – 8:30am Continental breakfast

8:30am – 8:45am Opening Remarks
  Frank Torres, Chair, CFP2006

John White, CEO, ACM


8:45am – 9:45am Opening Keynote Speaker
  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Senator Leahy, ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee has been a long-time advocate for consumers, especially on privacy and security related issues. Senator Leahy will speak on the issues of the day, including domestic surveillance, data security and privacy in general.

9:45am – 11:00am PLENARY SESSION:
  Student Panel Discussion
11:00am – 11:15am Break

11:15am – 12:30pm PLENARY SESSION:
  Federal Privacy Legislation

In 2005, the spread of state laws regulating information security and consumer control of consumer reports moved many companies to clamor for a federal law to govern privacy. A long-time opponent of privacy legislation, Microsoft, formally proposed an outline for laws to govern privacy comprehensively, online and off. Other companies have come out in support of a comprehensive approach.

This panel will explore the question or whether the United States should adopt comprehensive privacy legislation on the federal level. The discussion will examine the current legal framework in the U.S., and well as several different models for a comprehensive federal law; and will explore options that will create robust and meaningful protections for consumers, while avoiding unnecessary obstacles and complexity for businesses and other organizations that must comply.

James M. Assey, Jr., Senior Democratic Counsel for the Communications Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee
Michael Hintze, Senior Attorney, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Senior Counsel, the Electronic Privacy Information Center; Director, EPIC’s West Coast Office
Daniel J. Solove, Associate Professor, George Washington University Law School
Patrick Van Eecke

Chris Hoofnagle
Mike Hintze, Microsoft

12:30pm – 1:00pm Pick up lunch for concurrent sessions

1:00pm – 2:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS:


Following the debacle of election administration in Florida during the 2000 presidential elections, Congress approved, and the President signed, the Help America Vote Act ("HAVA")to modernize election administration among the states. HAVA required that $3.8 billion in federal funds be budgeted over the next three years to help states upgrade outdated voting machines, improve voter registration methods, and guarantee that at least one polling booth at each location will be accessible to the disabled.

Aviel Rubin
, Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director, Information Security Institute, Johns Hopkins University.
Kimball Brace, President, Electronic Data Services
Gracia Hillman, Commissioner, US Election Assistance Commission
James McCarthy, Director of Governmental Affairs, National Federation of the Blind
Craig Holman, Legislative Representative, Public Citizen

Craig Holman , Public Citizen


As the CALEA compliance clock ticks, and as the U.S. Court of Appeals considers a broad based challenge to the FCC’s extension of CALEA wiretapping design mandate to the Internet, proponents and opponents are both confident that they will win. This round table panel of government, industry, and public interest experts will first consider the current status of the CALEA debate, and then asks what CALEA for the Internet would look like in the real world.

John Morris

Future of Fair Use
The doctrine of fair use ensures that the public is entitled to use portions of copyrighted works for purposes of education and commentary. In a wired world, the ease of distributing digital content has both created new opportunities for fair use and provoked the reaction of companies wishing to prohibit use of their intellectual property online. In many cases, overzealous protection of copyrights has led to attacks on criticism, parody, and other forms of protected speech. Panel participants will discuss the legal state of fair use, the future of fair use online, and the impact of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Jeffrey Cunard
, Managing Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, Washington, DC Office
Patricia Aufderheide, Professor, American University School of Communications, Director, Center for Social Media
Jim DeLong, Fellow, The Progress and Freedom Foundation, Director, Center for Study of Digital Property
Marjorie Heins, Founder, Free Expression Policy Project, Brennan Center; Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program
Rebecca Tushnet , Professor, Georgetown University Law School

Paul Levy, Public Citizen

Northern Exposure: Lessons from Canada's National Privacy Law Regime

Following increasing calls for American federal data protection legislation, the debate has begun over what shape such a law should take. This panel will offer a unique perspective on the challenges of creating effective federal data protection legislation. Through an examination of Canada’s experiences with its law and the presentation of key findings of a recent compliance study, the presenters will provide useful guidance and lessons for Americans on the development of a national data protection regime.

Philippa Lawson
, Executive Director, CIPPIC
Jeffrey F. Vicq, Lawyer and Graduate Student, University of Ottawa
Jennifer Seligy, Articling Student, CIPPIC

Philippa Lawson, CIPPIC

2:15pm – 3:30pm PLENARY SESSION:
  NHIN - Healthcare & Privacy

In April, 2004 President Bush signed an Executive Order calling for most Americans to have electronic health records (EHRs) within 10 years. The order created a new Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and also mandated the updating of the nation's medical information systems and the development of a National Health Information Network (NHIN) where patients' digitized medical records would be placed. The NHIN would be accessible to hospitals, insurors, doctors, and unspecified others. Such a network brings patient privacy, security, and confidentiality issues into sharp relief. This panel will look at these concerns and how they will or should be addressed by the NHIN's technical structure and operating policies.

William Braithwaite
, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, ehealth Initiative
Maya Bernstein, Privacy Advocate, US Department of Health and Human Services
Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum
Robert Gellman, Privacy and Information Policy Consultant, Washington, DC

Linda Ackerman,
Privacy Activism


3:30pm – 3:45pm Coffee break

3:45pm – 5:15pm PLENARY SESSION:
  Wiretap Victims

Since the N.Y. Times broke the story of the NSA wiretap program, there has been unprecedented debate and public attention to the special legal rules about wiretapping for national security reasons. This panel includes Eric Lichtblau, one of the Times reporters who broke the story, Jim Bamford, the leading author about the National Security Agency, and Mort Halperin, who was a target of government wiretapping in the 1970s and has played a key role in the legislative battles both then and today. One topic of special attention will be the role of the telecommunications companies and their cooperation with the government. The panel will also discuss the role of secrecy in intelligence activities, and how to integrate that with public knowledge about the workings of government.

Jim Bamford, author about the National Security Agency
Mort Halperin, leading wiretap expert from the 1970s to today
Eric Lichtblau, won Pulitzer Prize for exposing NSA wiretap program

Moderator and Organizer:
Pete Swire, Professor, Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State Univers


7:00pm – 10:00pm EFF Fifteenth Annual Pioneer Awards
  Location: The Spy Museum

Join EFF on Wednesday, May 3rd, at our Fifteenth Annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony. The event will take place at the International Spy Museum.

Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served, and guests will also have the opportunity to tour the Spy Museum. The Pioneer Awards ceremony is free, and is open to all CFP attendees. Please bring your nametag to show your affiliation with the conference.

Buses will arrive at the hotel at 6:30 p.m. to transport guests to the Spy Museum.

We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd as we honor our 2006 Pioneer Award Winners!

10:15pm – 12:00am Birds-Of-A-Feather Sessions


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