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Computer, Freedom, and Privacy Conference

posted by:Veronica Pinero // 05:51 PM // April 13, 2005 // Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference (CFP)

Good morning! Today was the first day of the CFP Conference. The first panel, which was moderated by Anita Ramasastry and organized by Stephanie Perrin, addressed the topic of Sousveillance in the Panopticon. The first presenter, Steve Mann, opened the debate with his presentation about Equiveillance, the balance between sous/surveillance. He introduced ten hypotheses to his audience and the panel, which were to be accepted or refused by the latter (this text is available at www.anonequity.org).

The first presenter to address Steve’s hypotheses was David Brin. He noted that the concepts of freedom and privacy were not opposing notions, but notions that can work together. His presentation was followed by Latanya Sweeney’s and Ivan Szekely’s presentations, the former addressing the issue of When sousveillance becomes surveillance, and the latter about New democracies? New Panopticon? Lessons learnt from Central and Eastern Europe. The panel was closed by Simon Davis, who highlighted whether sousveillance was a way to fight surveillance, or was just the same. He noted that the concept of sousveillance was also perpetrating privacy.

Many interesting questions were put by the audience, which lead to a fascinating debate.

The second panel addressed Privacy risks of new passports technologies, and focused on United State and European legislation.

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Posted by: Wanadoo at April 14, 2005 11:57 AM

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