How to follow CFP 2009 online

With luck, CFP this year will feature live video streaming and a Twitter backchannel. Along with this blog, the CFP Wetpaint Wiki, and Ask your lawmaker about computers, freedom, and privacy,* we hope this marks a significant step to increasing the visibility of privacy and onine civil liberties issues — during the conference, and throughout the rest of the year too.

The best ways to follow what’s happening:

And please, don’t just follow along — get involved! Join in the conversations on the blog and on Twitter. When you see articles, videos, blog posts, and discussions about CFP-related issues, tweet them and include the #cfp09 hashtag. And stay tuned for more about Ask your lawmaker about computers, freedom, and privacy, a joint project with Capitol News Connection, focused on getting answers and coverage on key legislative issues.

During the conference, one of our major goals is broaden participation in CFP. While there’s no substitute for being there in person, we want to make it so that that people who aren’t able to attend get to see what’s going on and be part of a lot of the discussions. Another goal is to increase coverage of the conference and computers, freedom, and privacy issues online from last year’s baseline — CFP’s got a reputation as “the best conference you’ve never heard of” and it’s time to start changing that.

After the conference wraps up on June 4, we hope that the blog, wiki, and twitter hashtags are interesting enough that people keep coming back afterwards. If the CFP blog can reflect the conference — high-quality discussions of the broad array of “CFP issues” from policy, technical, legal, international, and advocacy perspectives across the spectrum — it’ll fill a huge gap in the blogosphere. The wiki can be a place for resources for people and organizations wanting information about privacy and online civil liberties; and Twitter can be a way to reach out to communities that historically haven’t been involved with CFP.

It won’t all happen over night, of course … but the more people who participate, the more quickly we’ll get there. So please, check it out … and get involved!


* a joint project with Capitol News Connection to get people’s questions about civil liberties, free speech and digital privacy answered by Senators and Representatives.

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