Call for presentations, tutorials, and workshops

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The 20th annual ACM Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference invites proposals for this year's conference. This year's conference theme is Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in the Networked Society. We especially encourage proposals that focus on the ways different kinds of networks -- social, communication, information physical -- interact with freedom and privacy. We're also looking for proposals that take advantage of this year's location in Silicon Valley, include a diverse set of panelists and new voices, feature multiple perspectives on challenging issues, and look to the future by exploring cutting-edge technology, legal, and policy issues. The first comment has a list of some potential topics ... other suggestions very welcome! Key dates:

  • Our early-bird deadline is December 11, 2009; selected early proposals will be notified of acceptance by the end of January.
  • The final deadline is March 1, 2010. Notifications will be sent by March 15.
  • The conference is June 15-18, 2010, in San Jose, California.

We prefer proposals via the CFP2010 electronic submission system. You may choose to email your proposal. Contact information will be used only for discussions about proposals and to send information about the CFP conference. The program committee may accept parts of submissions without accepting the entire submission. For example, the program committee frequently combine multiple proposals, or take a session topic and adds some different speakers. Where submissions are combined with others, the submitters' contributions will be acknowledged in the program. CFP does not generally provide speaker honoraria. We will waive the conference registration fees for speakers from academic, non-profit, and government institutions (except for BOFs). In addition, travel funding may be available for some speakers through the CFP scholarship programs or on a case-by-case basis.


Speakers, topics, and activities

Alternatively, feel free to leave these as a comment on the Call for Participation blog thread. [link coming soon]

Panels, debates, and other sessions

The bulk of the sessions at CFP are "plenaries" (held in the main ballroom, attended by everybody) and "breakouts" (smaller groups, with multiple sessions held simultaneously). Different formats for these includes panel discussions, debate, and more creative options: talk shows, games, moot courts, role plays, and other creative ideas. Sessions are 1 to 2 hours, and should include at least 20 minutes for audience questions and discussion. When they take the form of a panel discussion, we recommend that the panel include 3 to 5 participants (including a moderator). When providing information about proposed presenters, please do not send us each person's entire resume! Just let us know a few relevant details. Sessions will be organized by the submitter (with help from the program committee). The submitter may optionally also be one of the presenters, but that is not required. We prefer submissions in which all the proposed presenters have been confirmed by the submitter. However, we will also consider submissions in which not all the speakers are confirmed, especially if you list alternative speakers in case your top choices are not available. You might also list a type of person rather than name specific people (for example, an academic intellectual property lawyer, or a musician who distributes music on the Internet for free). However, it is helpful if you can list some possible names so that the program committee may be confident that you will be able to find the kind of people you describe. To submit a proposal, please use the plenary session form.

Example panel proposal

Workshops and tutorials

We are interested in half day workshops and tutorials (3 hours, including break) that explore topics of interest to CFP audiences in more detail. For example, workshops on social nework activism and tutorials on cyberspace law for non-lawyers and encryption for non-technical people have been popular in the past. Tutorials and workshops may be presented by a single presenter or a team of presenters. Tutorials should be submitted by one of the proposed presenters. If you have an idea for a tutorial but are not proposing to present it, please submit it as a "topic or activity" suggestion. When submitting a propsal, please use the workshop or tutorial form.

Example workshop submission ... this was eventually merged with another proposal and led to the Twittering in the Trenches workshop.

Example tutorial submission

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions

BOFs are informal evening sessions, usually attended by anywhere from 10 to 50 conference participants. They may include presentations, group discussions, open meetings of organizations, or informal opportunities for people with a common interest to meet each other. BOFs are frequently used to as the jumping off point for ongoing collaborative activity on a given technical or policy issue. We encourage BOFs that will lead to future activity. BOF submitters should be prepared to organize the BOF they submit. Example BOF session proposal