Submission guidelines

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The Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference invites proposals for this year's conference. We encourage multi-stakeholder participation in the conference as speakers, proposal submitters, and attendees that represent the diverse global community of organizations and professionals who work on policy, technology and law. Proposals that focus on the information society and the future of technology, privacy, innovation and law should be submitted following the guidelines outlined below.

We seek panel proposals that take advantage of this year's location in Washington DC. Experts, the public and policy makers each have a part to play in innovation and in moving policy and technology forward, while preserving basic rights and freedoms.


Key dates

Proposals are due by Monday, August 17, 2015. We prefer to receive them via the CFP2015 electronic submission system. You may also choose to email your proposal to . 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 combines multiple proposals, or takes 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 Birds of a Feather sessions). In addition, limited funding may be available to support the travel of speakers. First priority for travel support will be for speakers from the NGO and academic community, as other participants may have other resources available to cover those costs. Decisions about travel support will be made by the Program Committee and based on an assessment of the Conference agenda and program needs.

Speakers, topics, and activities

If you have an idea for a session that you do not want to organize yourself, use the "topic or activity" suggestion form. To nominate a speaker, use the speaker suggestion form.

Panels, workshops, and other sessions

This year CFP will work to bring together thinkers and decision makers from government, business, civil society, academia, and the technology community to provide their perspectives on the state of computing, innovation, freedom, and privacy. Great advances have occurred in the number and variety of ways in which individuals share, collect, or store their information. Technology is playing a central role in the battle for freedom around the world. "Cloud computing", "e-health records", "location based services", "cybersecurity", "biometric based identity systems", "Internet credentialing", "social networks as political and social change agents", and "privacy in a networked world" are topics that we encourage you to assist us in exploring.

Questions around rights and responsibilities, fair information practices and national and international norms that protect personal data are being debated in courts, classrooms, policy discussions, international frameworks, and cyber-cafes. Each day CFP 2015 will begin with a thought provoking speaker, presentation, or plenary panel, which will explore the most challenging questions of our time. Workshops in the afternoon will support multi-track sessions that explore topics led by technologists and innovators, policy experts, legal scholars, and advocates on the front line of computing, freedom and privacy.

Example: Example panel proposal


We are interested in 90 minute workshops and tutorials that explore topics of interest to CFP audiences in greater detail. For example, workshops that give data subjects more control over their information or thwart government surveillance are welcomed. Specific possible subject areas include Cloud Computing, Location based services, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, E-Health Records, Cybersecurity, Cyber-Activism, and Technology Innovations. Topics will not be limited to technology, but will also explore policy and law. Where will the courts be on the issue of data collection, use, rights and ownership? How can activists collaborate to use technology to push for positive change? The technology is here, but the courts have yet to settle on what rights will be enforceable in cyberspace. Legal and policy experts are encouraged to collaborate with technologists and innovators to frame discussions around questions that the courts must decide in the coming years.

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.

Example: 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 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. If you would like to host a reception, party, or other social policy discussion format you are encouraged to use the Birds-of-a-Feather submission process to make suggestions. BOF submitters should be prepared to organize the BOF they submit.

Example: Example BOF session proposal