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6 September 1999 

                  [Circulate until October 15, 1999] 

       The Tenth Conference on Computers Freedom and Privacy 



                 The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
                     Toronto, Ontario, Canada
                          April 4-7, 2000


                       CALL FOR PARTICIPATION  

The Program Committee of the Tenth Conference on Computers, Freedom, 
and Privacy (CFP2000) is seeking proposals for conference sessions 
and speakers.  

For the past decade, CFP has played a major role in the public debate 
on the future of privacy and freedom in the online world.  The CFP 
audience is as diverse as the Net itself, with attendees not only 
from government, business, education, and non-profits, but also from 
the community of computer professionals, hackers, crackers and 
engineers who work the code of cyberspace.  The themes have been 
broad and forward-looking. CFP explores what will be. It is the place 
where the future is mapped.  

The theme of the tenth CFP conference is 'Challenging the 
Assumptions'.  After a decade of CFP conferences, it's time to 
examine what we have learned. "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a 
dog" has become a cliche, but we've learned that unless we take 
measures to protect our identities, people can and do identify us on 
the Internet. We have talked about the role of government in 
cyberspace, and some have even suggested that the Net needs no 
government. But now that increasing numbers of people around the 
world are relying on the Internet not just as a marketplace of ideas, 
but the market where they conduct their daily business, the issue of 
governance has come to the forefront. And even where no rules have 
been imposed by governments, some argue that standards setters and 
technology implementers have imposed de facto rules. At CFP2000 we 
want to re-examine the assumptions we have been making and consider 
which ones still make sense as we move forward.  

Proposals are welcomed on all aspects of computers, freedom, and 
privacy. We strongly encourage proposals that challenge the future, 
tackle the hard questions, look at old issues in new ways, articulate 
and analyze key assumptions, and present complex issues in all their 

We are seeking proposals for tutorials, plenary sessions, workshops, 
and birds-of-a-feather sessions. We are also seeking suggestions for 
speakers and topics. Sessions should present a wide range of thinking 
on a topic by including speakers from different viewpoints.  Complete 
submission instructions appear on the CFP2000 web site at  


All submissions must be received by October 15, 1999.  The CFP2000 
Program Committee will notify submitters of the status of their 
proposals by December 3.  

Short papers and extended abstracts from the Workshop on Freedom and 
Privacy by Design, winning student papers, and papers by other 
conference presenters will be printed in the CFP2000 proceedings that 
will be distributed to all conference participants. All presenters 
will be invited to submit a short paper or position statement for the 
proceedings. In addition, plenary session organizers will be 
encouraged to submit a paper providing an overview of their session 
topic for the proceedings.  The best original papers from the CFP2000 
proceedings will be reviewed for publication in a special issue of 
The Information Society journal. Packages of position papers from 
panelists representing different sides of an issue will also be 


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