The Eleventh Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy. March 6 - 9, 2001

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CFP2001: The Eleventh Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy.
March 6 - 9, 2001, Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

REGISTER for CFP2001! Early fees deadline is February 18, 2001.
Reserve your hotel room. Reduced rate deadline is February 15,

Just like you, each CFP is unique. CFP2001 will never come again.
Come hear from, mix and mingle with the denizens of the cyberworld:
Dave Banisar, Scott Bradner, Stefan Brands, Jason Catlett, Lorrie
Cranor, Simon Davies, Lenny Foner, Mike Godwin, Ian Goldberg, Austin
Hill, Deborah Hurley, Jamie Love, Rebecca Mercuri, Peter Neumann,
Stephanie Perrin, Ron Rivest, Adam Shostack, Barbara Simons, Richard
Smith, Barry Steinhardt, Maurice Wessling, Coralee Whitcomb, Phil
Zimmermann, and many, many others.

What will they be talking about?


At CFP2001, there will be tutorials, plenary sessions, lunch
breakout sessions, awards ceremonies, and birds-of-a-feather

* Tutorials.* The tutorials are three-hour sessions, which will be held
on Tuesday, March 6. Tutorial topics include: Free Speech and the
Constitution in Cyberspace, Introduction to Cryptography, Click Here
for the Revolution: Secrets of NGO Advocacy, Chief Privacy Officer
Training Session: Roles and Responsibilities, National and
International Rules Relating to Domain Names and Trademarks: What Are
They and How Do They Apply?

* Plenary Sessions.* The conference plenary sessions will be held on
Wednesday - Friday, March 7 - 9. Plenary sessions include: Privacy
Debate, Gadgets That Spy, Cyber-crime and Cyber-rights: The Council of
Europe Convention, The ICANN Election, The IETF Standards Landscape,
The Great Ballot Debate, Intellectual Property Debate, UCITA: Uniform
Computer Information Transactions Act, Chief Privacy Officers: Boon or
Boondoggle?, Carnivore, Through a Glass Darkly: The Opaque Nature of
International Rule Making - The Hague Convention and the G-8,
Information Technology in the Service of Human Rights, Super Bowl 2001
-- The Game Was the Least Interesting Part.

* Breakout Sessions.* Lunch breakout sessions will be held on Wednesday
and Thursday, March 7 and 8. During the conference lunch breaks, there
will be a choice of breakout sessions on various hot topics including:
the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), What the Surveys Say
About the Public's Views on Privacy, Current Issues In Cryptography,
Reflections on the White House Privacy Office, Medical Privacy, PGP:
The First 10 Years, Electronic Access to Public Records in California,
Censorship and the Arts.

* BOFs.* The birds-of-a-feather sessions are a longstanding CFP
tradition. There will be an alphabet soup of cyberhappenings: book
signings, Carnivore demos, cybercolonialism in the Hermitage Museum;
cypherpunks, debates, discussions, hearings, PGP key registries,
presentations, and more.


* The Tenth Annual International EFF Pioneer Awards.* In every field of
human endeavor, there are those dedicated to expanding knowledge,
freedom, efficiency, and utility. Many of today's brightest innovators
are working along the electronic frontier. To recognize these leaders,
the Electronic Frontier Foundation established the Pioneer Awards for
deserving individuals and organizations.

* 3rd Annual U.S. Big Brother Awards - Privacy International.* Each
year, the members and affiliated organizations of Privacy International
present the "Big Brother" awards to the government and private sector
organizations in their countries which have done the most to threaten
personal privacy in their countries. Awards are also given to
individuals and organizations which have made an outstanding
contribution to the protection of privacy.

* The Activists Roundtable - Computer Professionals for Social
Responsibility.* Members and Friends of Computer Professionals for
Social Responsibility will meet at an Activists Roundtable at Bentley
College in Waltham, MA (outside of Boston, MA) on Sunday March 4, 2001
to share and plot our priorities for the year ahead.

Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. What would Honest Abe have had to
say about cyberspace, if he were alive today? Perhaps something like

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The
occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the
occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew."

See you at CFP2001.

CFP News - February 12, 2001

ITEM: Napster Messaging Used for Marketing
Napster's messaging feature is increasingly used by bands or their
agents to promote their music, which some fans appreciate but which
others view as an intrusion; some companies are developing software
that can reach many more users simultaneously than can Napster's
built-in messaging feature..

ITEM: Amazon "Honor System"
Amazon's new payment system allows partner sites to use its customer
database of 29 million and its "one-click" payment system to charge
small fees on the honor system or on a pay-per-view basis; the company
says it will not use the payment network to collect users'

ITEM: Cookies Shared Over Gnutella
Some Gnutella users are inadvertently making their browser cookies
available with the P2P service; Netscape cookies, which are stored in a
single file, are somewhat more vulnerable than are Internet Explorer
cookies, which are stored in multiple files.

ITEM: Wireless Ethernet Flaws,6061,2681947-2,00.html
Berkeley researchers identified flaws in the Wired Equivalent Privacy
algorithm used to protect transmissions over 802.11b wireless

ITEM: "National Health Information Infrastructure"
The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics is expected to
issue recommendations by fall concerning a network to facilitate the
sharing of health information to improve medical treatment. The
President's Information Technology Advisory Committee has also studied
the issue; both groups say their intention is not to collect personally
identifiable information but rather to use non-identifying data to get
a clearer picture of the state of health care and to enable patients to
share their own health profiles with their doctors.

ITEM: Groups Seeks Delay in Medical Privacy Rules
The Confidentiality Coalition, comprised of 39 insurance companies,
drug manufacturers, and other health care industry organizations wrote
to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson protesting the
law approved at the end of President Clinton's term; the group says the
la s, which are to take full effect on February 26, 2003, could impede
the ability of people to fill needed prescriptions.

ITEM: "Pass Face" Authentication
Real User, a startup whose investors include former ICANN chair Esther
Dyson, is developing an authentication system based on a username and
the correct selection of five "pass faces" from a series of five
matrices of possible faces.

ITEM: House Resolution on Cyberterrorism
Representatives James Saxton (NJ) and Saxby Chambliss (GA) introduced a
"sense of Congress" resolution that "designates cyberterrorism as an
emerging threat to the national security of the United States which has
the potentiality to cause great harm to the Nation's critical
electronic infrastructure" and calls for a study by the FBI, CIA, NSA
and Departments of Commerce and Defense.

ITEM: Terrorists Exchange Information in Public Websites
Osama bin Laden and others have been found to exchange messages, maps
and photographs used in planning terrorist attacks by encoding them in
messages posted to chat boards or in image files on pornographic

ITEM: WIPO Declines To Transfer "dot-sucks" Domain to Trademark Holder
In _Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Dan Parisi_ a majority of the WIPO
panel ruled that "both common sense and a reading of the plain language
of the [Uniform] Policy [for Domain Name Dispute Resolution] support
the view that a domain name combining a trademark with the word "sucks"
or other language clearly indicating that the domain name is not
affiliated with the trademark owner cannot be considered confusingly
similar to the trademark."

ITEM: "Cybercourt" in Michigan
Governor John Engler's plan would include specially trained magistrates
to deal with IT-related issues, such as contracts and intellectual
property, and a "rocket docket" for fast consideration of
time-sensitive issues.

ITEM: ICANN Criticized at Hearing
Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce were critical of
the process by which new gTLDs were selected last year but did not
advocate reversing the decision, as some whose domain name proposals
were denied urged. ICANN Chair Vint Cerf said ICANN would try to "find
more objective ways to make these decisions" and that an additional
round of new gTLDs could be created in as little as six months after
the seven recently selected names become operational.

ITEM: ICANN NGO and Academic ICANN Study
The NAIS will review ICANN's governance policies and the conduct of
elections for at-large members; a final report will be released at the
June ICANN meeting in Stockholm. NAIS members recently wrote to Carl
Bildt, head of ICANN's At-Large Membership Study Committee:

ITEM: Internet Taxation Moratorium Extension Bill Reintroduced
Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and Representative Christopher Cox (CA)
reintroduced their "Internet Tax Freedom Act" to extend the moratorium
for five years; the legislation was approved in the House last year by
a vote of 352-75 but no action was taken in the Senate.

ITEM: FCC Chair Outlines Philosophy,6061,2682906-2,00.html
Michael Powell emphasized deregulation, expressed skepticism about the
digital divide, and said that while "I think there is a lot of garbage
on television...I don't know that I think that my government is my

ITEM: Uncertainty About TV-distributed Internet,1294,41616,00.html
Companies such as Wavexpress and iBlast are testing the use of surplus
TV broadcast spectrum to deliver Internet access, but it is unclear
whether FCC rules governing television will also apply to the Internet
if accessed in this fashion.

ITEM: Carnivore Name Change
The Illinois Institute of Technology, which last year reviewed
Carnivore for the DoJ, recommended the name change, to "DCS1000"
(digital collection system).

ITEM: Congressional Privacy Congress To Study Web Bugs,,12_584741,00.html
Beginning on March 1, the bipartisan group of senators and
representatives, co-chaired by Representative Joe Barton (TX) will
organize panels and forums and may propose legislation to deal with the

ITEM: EEOC Sues To Stop Genetic Testing
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has gone to court to stop
Burlington Northern Santa Fe from testing employees for predisposition
to carpal tunnel syndrome.

ITEM: British Insurer Admits Genetic Testing,,2-80582,00.html
Under questioning from the House of Commons Science and Technology
Select Committee, Norwich Union Life admitted to testing some insurance
applicant for certain cancers and Alzheimer's disease.

ITEM: DIA Alleges Possible Cuban Cyber-attack,1294,41700,00.html
At a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the head of the
Defense Intelligence Agency, said that the Cuban military could employ
"asymmetric tactics" against U.S. forces, "using information warfare or
computer network be able to disrupt our access or flow of
forces to the region."

ITEM: Open Source Processors
EE Times reports that support is slowly building for open source
processors such as the Leon-1, developed by the European Space Agency.
Metaflow Technologies and IROC Technologies are using the Leon-1, and
contract manufacturer Flextronics may adopt open processors as well.

ITEM: Open Source Satellite Imagery
The National Imagery and Mapping Agency is sponsoring the Open Source
Software Image Map project along with Imagelinks and the Florida
Institute of Technology; its progress will be assessed in October.

ITEM: TopClick Private Search Engine
TopClick uses the Google engine but does not use cookies or banner ads;
its agreement with Google ensures that "Google cannot cookie your
requests because they are protected behind the TopClick identity."

ITEM: Group Urges Election Changes
The National Association of Secretaries of State's Election Standards
Task Force's "Election Reform Resolution" calls for four actions by
Congress and twelve actions by state and local officials, including to
"modernize the voting process as necessary, including voting machines,
equipment, voting technologies and systems and implement well-defined,
consistent standards for what counts as a vote throughout the election
process ensuring accurate vote counts and minimal voter error."

ITEM: "eVillage"
Nortel is contributing $5.6 million to the construction of the first
500 homes in a "wired community" near Fresno, CA, which will eventually
have 30,000 homes on 15,000 acres.

(And if you've already registered, we're looking forward to seeing you at CFP!)

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