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    Events of Interest: Computers, Freedom and Privacy 2011

    Tuesday marks the beginning of this year’s Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. The conference has numerous interesting events. (Disclosure: I was on the planning committee this year and in years past.) I will be at CFP for the next few days, so posting will be light on this site.

    Here are a few CFP panels that raise important questions:

    A Clash of Civilizations: The EU and US Negotiate the Future of Privacy
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011; 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Europe and the US have very different ideas on what laws and institutions are needed to protect privacy. High level negotiations between the EU and US will set the international standards for the use of personal data by governments and the private sector. Government officials and experts from both sides of the Atlantic will explore those differences and discuss what is at stake for Americans and the world.

    Moderator: Barry Steinhardt: Founder, Friends of Privacy USA; Senior Advisor and Trustee, Privacy International; Member of the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee
    Jan Philipp Albrecht: Member of the European Parliament from the German Greens
    David Heyman: Assistant Secretary for Policy, US Department of Homeland Security
    Edward Hasbrouck: The Identity Project
    Viviane Reding (via pre-recorded message): Vice President, European Commission
    Frank Schmiedel: First Secretary, Washington D.C. Delegation of the European Union, Political, Security & Development Section

    (Disclosure: Jan Philipp Albrecht is one of my clients; I am an adviser on U.S. policy)

    Privacy Policies: What You Need to Know
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011; 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    International and US governmental policies and laws affect your day-to-day privacy in many ways. Get an update on the latest privacy trends and learn how legal and technological changes (including upcoming legislation and the cloud computing revolution) will affect you. Learn how to dissect corporate policies based on your own personal preferences to find privacy policies that fit your needs. CPE Credits available.
    Moderator: J. Bradley Jansen: Director, Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
    Monique Altheim, Esq.: CIPP,
    Ross Schulman: Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association
    Steve Meyer: Chain of Evidence

    Automating Policing Functions: From Drones to Robo Ticketing, Is This the end of Police As we Know Them?
    Thursday, June 16, 2011; 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
    Drone aircraft are beginning to appear in the skies over America. Police, entrepreneurs, and hobbyists are experimenting with this technology, but safety concerns on the part of the FAA have held back their deployment. As those issues are worked out, however, we face the prospect of cheap and pervasive flying robotic video cameras, often equipped with advanced imaging technologies. There are unmanned vehicles along highways and road ways monitoring the speed of passing vehicles and camera flashes capturing license plates of passing vehicles. CCTV surveillance systems are flowering in cities as fast as grants can purchase them, with shrinking budgets for local and state governments are they seen as a way out of fiscal crisis. RFID tagging of drivers licenses and tag readers couple to monitor people in public and private spaces without their knowledge. GPS tracking devices are cheap and easy to deploy by line officers to track vehicles over distances and for periods far longer and for much lower costs than manned surveillance units.
    Moderator: Tara Whalen: IT Research Analyst, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    Jay Stanley: Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
    Vernon M. Keenan: Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)
    Rainey Reitman: Activism Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Richard Power: Director of Strategic Communications, CyLab, Carnegie Mellon University

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