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This election year will be the first to address US technology policy in the information age as part of our national debate. Candidates have put forth positions about technology policy and have recognized that it has its own set of economic, political, and social concerns. In the areas of privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and freedom of speech, an increasing number of issues once confined to experts now penetrate public conversation. Our decisions about technology policy are being made at a time when the architectures of our information and communication technologies are still being built. Debate about these issues needs to be better-informed in order for us to make policy choices in the public interest.

This year, the 18th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference will focus on what constitutes technology policy. CFP: Technology Policy '08 is an opportunity to help shape public debate on those issues being made into laws and regulations and those technological infrastructures being developed. The direction of our technology policy impacts the choices we make about our national defense, our civil liberties during wartime, the future of American education, our national healthcare systems, and many other realms of policy discussed more prominently on the election trail. Policies ranging from data mining and wiretapping, to file-sharing and open access, and e-voting to electronic medical records will be addressed by expert panels of technologists, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates.

Open participation is invited for proposals on panels, tutorials, speaker suggestions, and birds of a feather sessions through the CFP: Technology Policy '08 submission page. Please read the submission guidelines.

The deadlines are coming up: tutorial and plenary proposals must be received by March 21, 2008. Birds of a feather proposals must be submitted by April 21, 2008.

Suggested topics

This is a list of suggested topics, but we you have a good idea for a topic that's not in this list, please feel free to send it along.

  • Information Privacy
  • Anonymity Online
  • Government Transparency
  • Voting Technology
  • Online Campaigning
  • Social Networks
  • Citizen Journalism
  • Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism
  • Digital Education
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Patent Reform
  • Open Access
  • P2P Networks
  • Information Policy and Free Trade
  • Media Concentration
  • Genes & Bioethics
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Web Accessibility
  • Open Standards
  • Network Neutrality
  • High-Speed Internet Access Policy
  • Freedom of Information
  • Technology Policy Administration

Submission Deadlines


  • Panel, Tutorial, and Speaker proposals: March 21, 2008
  • Birds of a Feather Session (BoFs) proposals: April 21, 2008.

Panel, Tutorial, and Speaker proposals accepted by the Program Committee will be notified by April 7, 2008.

Registration available online at