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ACLU Experts Featured At Annual Computers, Freedom And Privacy Conference

“Creating The Future” Is Theme Of 2009 Event

privacy experts are featured speakers this week at the 2009 Computers,
Freedom and Privacy (CFP) conference, the nation's premier conference
focused on the consequences of technology for freedom. The three-day
event, which takes place from Tuesday, June 2 to Thursday, June 4 at
the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, D.C.,
also features the founder and CEO of, Obama
administration and former Bush administration officials, academics,
activists and journalists.
are living through a period of perpetual technological revolution,"
said Caroline Fredrickson, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative
Office, who spoke on the conference's opening panel. "As our technology
continues to evolve rapidly, it is important that advocates,
government, academics, and technologists meet to think about and debate
its implications for our freedom."
addition to Fredrickson, ACLU panelists and moderators include
conference co-chair Jay Stanley of the ACLU Technology and Liberty
Program; Tania Simoncelli, ACLU Science Advisor; Mike German, ACLU
Policy Counsel and former FBI Special Agent; Chris Calabrese, ACLU
Technology and Liberty Program Counsel; Nicki Ozer, Technology and
Civil Liberties Policy Director of the ACLU of Northern California;
Catherine Crump, ACLU Attorney; and Barry Steinhardt, former Director
of the ACLU Technology and Liberty Program.
the Future' is not only the conference theme, but also its mission,"
said Stanley. "For 19 years, CFP has been the place where cutting-edge
thinkers have gathered to figure out how to navigate the new technology
landscape with our freedoms intact."
the highlights of the conference are sessions on "The Obama
Administration and Freedom"; "Clouding Computing, Privacy and Free
Speech"; "The Digital Fourth Amendment; "The Politics and Technology of
DNA Databases"; "Internet Censorship and Filtering"; and "Internet and
Activism: 20 years after Tienanmen."
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