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Event Notice: Computers, Freedom, and Privacy '09

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 1 2009

For those of you in Washington DC or able to get yourself there on short notice, 2009's Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference is happening at George Washington University this week. There's still time to register, and it's worth it. CFP has a long and rich history of bringing together hackers and hacktavists with government officials and others working inside the system -- going back to the days when all would eye one another with a tremendous amount of suspicion. Relations are a bit warmer these days, but there's still a tremendous amount to discuss. This year's theme is "Creating the Future." You'll get a chance to hear from the people working in the trenches trying to build a vibrant and secure digital tomorrow.

I have the honor of moderating what should prove to be a great session on the topic of Online Activism Around the World, to be held Thursday at 10:45am. The panel will feature Join the Impact's Michael Bolognino, Internet goverance research Ralf Bendrath, Yahoo! Fellow and Vote Report India lead Guarav Mishra, and Basem Fathy of Egypt's Wadi Environmental Science Center. From the program: "Activists from Egypt, Europe, India, and the United States discuss the challenges that activists face in these diverse places. The panelists will identify the tools that they used in their online activism campaigns, as well as the lessons that they learned from their experiences, in order to identify successful strategies as well as areas for improvement." If you attend CFP '09, hope you'll come by our session.