Every Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference has some magic moments that capture the essence of CFP. For example, when I think of 2005 in Seattle, I remember the grainy surveillance camera and eyecam footage projected in parallel with the opening “panopticon” knot of people surrounding Undersecretary of State Frank Moss after the ACLU’s RFID demonstration, and the four local teens on danah body’s panel explaining their use of technology to astonished oldsters like me.
What about 2009?
For me, magic happened a coupel of times on Thursday:
- the panelists on the Internet and social change in China panel using Twitter and their cellphones to track reports of the demonstrations in Hong Kong and the mass censorship of the Chinese internet
- at the closing Panopticon panel, where speakers like Anne Roth and Steven Hatfill talked about how their lives had been turned upside down by total government surveillance — at the same time as tweets about the unexpected success of the Chaffetz amendment limiting whole-body imaging (aka “digital strip search”) showed the potential for privacy advocates using social network activism
What are the other “CFP moments” you particularly remember, from CFP 2009 or past years?
Panel, June 4: the Internet and social change in China