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    Upcoming Events: Moderating Two Panels at Computers, Freedom and Privacy (June 3 and 4)

    Computers, Freedom and Privacy is an annual conference to discuss the privacy, security and civil liberty questions raised by emerging technologies or new uses of old technologies. This year’s theme is “Creating the Future.”

    The conference runs from June 1 to June 4 in Washington, DC. You can still register. Note that government employees and the press may attend for free, but you will have to show identification proving your status when you check in at the registration table. 

    There are a number of interesting panels on the program, including two panels that I am moderating: 

    On Wednesday June 3 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., I will be moderating a panel on airport behavior detection programs. The panelists are:

    Paul Ekman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, UCSF Manager, Paul Ekman Group LLC 
    Peter Pietra, Director, Privacy Policy & Compliance, Transportation Security Administration 
    Peter Swire, Ohio State University, Center for American Progress; former Chief Counselor for Privacy for US Government 
    Bruce Schneier, CSTO, BT 

    Here’s the blurb:

    Increasingly, the US and foreign government agencies are looking to behavior detection programs to attempt to divine an individual’s intent, whether benign or criminal. For example, one of the programs from the US Department of Homeland Security is “Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique” (“SPOT”). The SPOT program seeks to use behavior observation and analysis techniques to attempt to identify potentially high-risk passengers. DHS says it may require additional screening for individuals who exhibit suspicious behaviors, such as physical and physiological reactions. Are these systems effective or cost-effective? What are the privacy and civil liberty implications? What happens when these programs leave the airport, when such a program is used on the general population during a demonstration or other large gathering? 

    On Thursday, June 4 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., I will be moderating a panel discussing a global information privacy regime. The panelists are:

    Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada 
    Barry Steinhardt, privacy consultant, former director, ACLU Technology and Liberty Program 
    Paul Rosenzweig, Red Branch Law & Consulting PLLC, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy & former Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, DHS 
    Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, Researcher, Institute for European Studies (IES) and Centre for Law Science, Technology & Society Studies (LSTS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 

    Here’s the blurb: 

    Personal information flows seamlessly across national borders. But the rules that protect that information vary widely around the world. Some nations have laws that cut across sectors of the economy and government. Others regulate sector by sector. Do we need a global regime for protecting privacy? How would such a regime be structured? Is one approach working better than another? Experts and privacy regulators from around the world will explore those issues. 

    I urge you to attend the conference and be an active participant.

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