FISA at Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2009

FISA’s been a major topic since the 90s at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference, and this year’s no exception. For the first time ever, we’ll be streaming video, and so the great content will be available whether or not you’re making the trek to Washington DC … and the Twitter backchannel will give a way to participate in the discussion as well.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the sessions that are likely to be of interest to Get FISA Right members — and anybody else interested in domestic surveillance, warrantless wiretapping, and a panoptic society.

– me, on the Get FISA Right blog

The rest of the post goes into more detail on Ari Melber’s Monday keynote on Net movements in the Obama era at the Twittering in the Trenches workshop, the back-to-back plenary sessions on Tuesday on Computers, Freedom and the Obama Administration and The Future of Security vs. Privacy, Wednesday night’s birds-of-a-feather (BoF) session on New strategies for fighting FISA and the PATRIOT Act, and NSA whistleblower Thomas Tamm’s participation in the closing plenary Panopticon: Internalizing the Gaze.

At last year’s CFP, Susan Crawford moderated the opening session, and McCain surrogate Chuck Fish’s description of telecom immunity as “selling indulgences” led to coverage in the Washington Post, New York Times, and National Review Online after Ryan Singel’s Wired story.  This year, Susan’s once again on the opening session (now as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy), and Ryan’s moderating the Future of Security vs. Privacy debate.  Will lightning strike twice?  Stay tuned!


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