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Dear Potus 08

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If the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy community wrote a letter to the next President of the United States about our priorities for technology policy, what would we say -- and how would we get him or her to read it?

There's only one way to find out.

At this year's conference dinner, we will launch a collaborative effort to write a short letter to the next President from the CFP '08 attendees. We'll get these initial results up on a wiki, and evolve and refine them over the follwing 36 hours. By Friday morning, if we've managed to converge on something plausible, we'll start circulating the current draft for signatures. At the end of the conference, we'll mail the current draft to the presidential campaigns and invite their response.

We'll also put it all up on the web - with a Creative Commons "by" (attribution) license - and invite others to use it for whatever purposes they want as we revise our initial draft, get broader involvement and discussion, and try to get our voice heard amidst the din of the campaigns. If it works out, our experiment could be an example for other grassroots efforts on other issues and in different countries. And if nobody cares? We will have at least tried to find a set of common concerns through a deliberative process that could complement other efforts. In any case, it'll be a good learning experience.

A lot of the details are still TBD. Your input is most welcomed. We're doing a couple of "beta tests" before the conference as well as kicking off some initial discussion of the theses for technology policy which could potentially serve as the principles underlying the letter. We'll keep this page updated, and post about it on the blog as well.


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