Initial Topics for Privacy Camp SF

With PrivacyCamp SF just over a week away, I’m really getting excited about the event. Here are a few ideas and questions for the sessions to address next week, all in keeping with our social networking theme:

•    Privacy by Design: Where in the design process should privacy be addressed? How far have we come and in what direction are we heading? What are the biggest obstacles to designing a private network, and what are some ways to overcome them?
•    All Out in the Open: How can privacy exist on a public network? In an age that seemingly embraces oversharing, are privacy controls a futile exercise? What are users’ expectations and how can they be addressed?
•    The Money Question: Does privacy work against the very tenets of social networking monetization? Can networks emphasize privacy and still be profitable? Is it possible to compete on privacy?
•    Too Much Control: Are granular controls the answer to privacy? How detailed can controls get before they become too complicated? How sophisticated is the “average user” and how can sites encourage users to educate themselves about the full functionality of privacy controls?
•   Update Headaches: What works when you change your site’s privacy controls? What doesn’t?

What would you like to see discussed at PrivacyCamp SF?


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Thoughts from PrivacyCampDC 2010

Last weekend, we convened an “unconference” to bring together people in the DC area interested in discussing and debating ideas about privacy. An unconference has no agenda, no keynotes, no prescribed topics, and only one focus – ours was privacy. Bright and early Saturday morning, we met to create the schedule based on the interests and expertise of the attendees. From the opening pep talk by the White House’s deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin to the closing session, this year’s DC PrivacyCamp was a success – many engaged privacy geeks braved barely-functional metro system in order to come downtown, talk about privacy, and drive the conversation around privacy innovations.

We had many return ‘campers’ from last year and picked up some conversations started there – but this time, we’re hoping that we can keep the discussion going year-round through a series of PrivacyCamps worldwide. We’ll be continuing the conversation in a few weeks at the next PrivacyCamp in San Francisco on May 7th, and we hope to see you there – whether it’s via the livestream, Twitter, or in person. If you are interested in seeing what we talked about, our Twitter archive is a good place to start. Though there were more fantastic sounding sessions on the schedule than I could actually go to in a single day, I left inspired by the discussion around the difficulty of “forgetting” online, reputation and privacy, identity, and Privacy Commons (a project initiated at last year’s Privacy Camp). Luckily, I’ll be able to continue the discussion in a few weeks – and hopefully at some of the following PrivacyCamps worldwide!

Another fantastic event coming up in San Francisco is the Internet Identity Workshop on May 17th, and we’re hoping to make sure that privacy advocates are part of the conversation (let me know if you’d like to register – we have a discount!). This workshop brings together those who are interested in using, transmitting, and protecting personal characteristics online. Creating and maintaining this identity information online is quickly becoming one of the central challenges of the digital age. These identity transactions create the backbone for many innovative online services – every time you log in online, you’re facilitating an identity transaction. Every time you buy something online or even are served with customized advertisements, you’re part of an identity transaction. These online assertions will continue to drive innovative online services – but we must ensure that privacy is a part of the discussion. CDT will be there – and spreading our identity principles far and wide.

It’s exciting to know the number of events in the works and the amount of energy that is growing around these events.  Be sure to check out CDT’s Flickr page for photos of the DC Privacy Camp.

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Privacy Camp DC Schedule

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10th Small

11th Large

10:30 – 11:30

Reputation management and the right to be forgotten

Social media for privacy advocacy

11:40 – 12:40

Risks of online identity

Workplace privacy

12:40 – 1:30

Lunch on the 10th floor

1:30 – 2:30

Privacy policies and the Privacy Commons

Measuring the effectiveness of privacy programs

Customer driven versus legal driven privacy

2:40 – 3:40

Cultural context of privacy

Privacy in digitally developing countries

Subpeonas and social networks

3:50 – 4:30

Closing session on the 10th floor

Happy hour at Nirvana

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DC Metro Delays

Unfortunate news: (taken from D.C. Emergency Alerts)

Customers can expect lengthy delays of up to 40 minutes this weekend (April 16-18) as old track components are replaced on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines, causing inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track on portions of the rail system.

Riders planning to take the Red, Blue, Orange or Green lines to area sports events this weekend should add up to 40 minutes to their travel times. The Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park on April 16, 17, and 18, the Washington Capitals play at the Verizon Center on April 17, and the DC United play at RFK Stadium on April 17.

Still hope to see you there!

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Andrew McLaughlin, Ari Schwartz opening PrivacyCampDC!

With PrivacyCampDC only two days away, we are excited to announce that the the White House deputy CTO for Internet Policy, Andrew McLaughlin, will be opening the day and framing the issues around privacy. McLaughlin has a long history of dealing with the intersection of policy and technology, and served as Google’s director of global policy before joining the White House.

McLaughlin will be introduced by the Center of Democracy and Technology’s Ari Schwartz.

If you are interested in joining us, please register here – we are hoping for a lively discussion, even first thing in the morning!

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PrivacyCamp is Coming to a City Near You

In the next 20 days, CDT will be participating in two PrivacyCamp events – one in DC and a second in San Francisco (a third event is also being planned in Toronto for June). PrivacyCamp is an “unconference” – a space to meet with, discuss, debate, and share knowledge about privacy with engineers, privacy advocates, academics. We meet in the morning to determine the day’s agenda and topics, and then break out into groups for sessions.

PrivacyCamp provides a unique opportunity to talk not only about technology privacy, but a great place for a solid “reality check” from players across the tech spectrum. We aim to bridge the gap between technologists and policy makers, aligning the interests of the industry and turning theory into practice.

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