Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft


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



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 complexity.

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 considered.