CFP Mini-Conferences

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We are busy preparing for Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2013, which will be held in D.C. in June 2013. For 2012, we invite you to join in an exciting experiment to harness the energy of the CFP Community and to involve people who might not attend the Conference.

This year, we invite you to apply to organize a mini-conference (a small gathering that lasts for a few hours) for a discussion about issues pertinent to CFP.

The mini-conferences will be a great opportunity to have extended conversations around Computers, Freedom, and Privacy, and they will give the CFP community a chance to propose speakers and topics for CFP 2013. For example: the EU-US negotiations on data-sharing and privacy; the security and privacy of electronic health records; new frontiers in technology and how they affect privacy; and cybersecurity and civil liberties.

Here's more information:

  • The mini-conferences will carry the CFP name.
  • They will be small gatherings lasting no more than a few hours.
  • They will be limited to a few (no more than 3) issues pertinent to CFP.
  • After the mini-conferences, organizers are asked to provide a short summary of the meeting, including any suggestions for topics and speakers for CFP 2013.
  • CFP will offer a toolkit, including a discussion guide, to assist with putting together the mini-conferences, but organizers will be responsible for programming.
  • CFP will help with advertising the event.
  • CFP will not be able to provide funding for the mini-conferences, but they are designed to be low- or no-cost events and we will help with promotion.

To apply, please send an email to listing your name and any organizational affiliation, what you wish to discuss at the mini-conference, the kinds of groups or individuals to be invited, and when and where the mini-conference will be.


Barry Steinhardt

Chair, CFP Steering Committee

P.S. Beyond the CFP mini-conferences, we are open to co-sponsoring or co-branding related events that are already in the works. If you are planning a conference and would like to co-brand and get our help on advertising and promoting it, please contact me at


  • CFP co-organized, with Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2013, two panel discussions in Brussels, Belgium on January 23, 2013. The first panel, "US And Transatlantic Debates: A New Direction For US Online Consumer Rights," was moderated by Marc Rotenberg (EPIC) & Kristina Irion (Central European University) and included panelists Susan Grant, Consumer Federation of America (US), Peter Swire, Moritz College of Law of Ohio State University (US), Julie Brill, Commissioner FTC (US), John B. Morris, Jr., Associate Administrator (Acting) and Director of Internet Policy (US), Sophie Narbonne, CNIL (FR). The second panel, "US and Transatlantic Debates: Government and law enforcement use of data," was moderated by Barry Steinhardt, Friends of Privacy (US) and Simon Davies, the Privacy Surgeon (UK) and included panelists Anna Fielder, Privacy International (UK), Bruno Gencarelli, European Commission (EU), Stewart Robinson, US Mission to the EU (US), Jay Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (US). Video of both panels [1] and [2] is available.
  • CFP co-sponsored, with Covington and Burling, a mini-conference in Washington, D.C. "The International Privacy Rights of the Child: A CFP Mini-Conference" was an interactive discussion of the state of children’s privacy in the U.S. and abroad. The session was held on January 28, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to noon ET at Covington & Burling, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 11th Floor, Washington, D.C. Audio (MP3, 48 meg) and video (WMV, 261 meg) of the event are available.
  • CFP co-sponsored, with the MIT Cryptography and Information Security Group, a mini-conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "The Government Is Profiling You" on November 19, 2012. Topics included the government surveillance state and civil liberties. The event was recorded and you can watch it here:
  • CFP co-sponsored, with the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, a workshop in Toronto, Canada, entitled "Politics of Surveillance," on November 9, 2012. Topics included: The current "lawful access" debate in Canada, the Canada-U.S. "Beyond the Border” $1-billion perimeter security pact, and topics and speakers for the upcoming CFP conference.
  • CFP co-sponsored, with Metamorphosis Foundation and the International Institute for Peace and Human Rights from Caen, part of the “Freedom and Privacy on the Internet” conference in Skopje, Macedonia, on May 21 and 22, 2012. The second day, which CFP co-sponsored, focused on “Freedom of expression on the Internet” and topics included: censorship in the media; the state and the media; freedom of expression and hate speech; and social media: a free territory. Find out more about the event here: