Guest Post by Jon Pincus
Chief Technology Officer, Qworky
Co-Chair, Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference

The issue of privacy in social networks is on the cover of Time magazine and is showing up in attack ads in political races. We're in the midst of intense political battles over net neutrality and cybersecurity. The one-year anniversary of the Iranian election protests highlights the potential as well as the risks of online activism for human rights.  Issues like privacy of health-care information, the 'smart grid' and intelligent transportation systems are affecting more and more people in their day-to-day lives.

And hey, guess what? All of these topics and more are on the agenda for this week's 20th anniversary conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy in San Jose, California. On top of that, we’ll draft a Social Network Users' Bill of Rights and wrap up the conference with a debate and voting.

CFP is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as part of its ongoing effort to educate policymakers and the public on how computing and information technologies are transforming our society. In aid of that, we're webcasting many of the sessions, including Tuesday's opening session on Privacy and Free Speech: It's Good for Business and Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen’s Tuesday afternoon 5 p.m. PT keynote, on The Importance of Accountable and Privacy-Centric Organization in the Cloud Era: Why Privacy Matters.

Our web site at has a lot more information, including the program and broadcast schedule.  The Twitter backchannels are #cfpconf and #BillOfRights.

Please join us, in-person or online!