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Broadcast schedule Of Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in a Networked Society — the 20th annual CFP conference

Given the interest in privacy and our recent forums, I thought that this would be of interest to the readership of this blog.

Broadcast schedule Of Computers, Freedom, and Privacy in a Networked
Society — the 20th annual CFP conference.


9:30: Opening remarks
9:45: Privacy and Free Speech: It’s Good for Business
11:15: Online Information Brokers and Privacy: Where’s the Balance?
1:00: Presentation of the ACM SIGCAS Making a Difference award and Intro to the Privacy Enhancing Technology Fair
1:15: Activism and Social Networking: Advocating for Privacy
2:45: Bills of rights for social network sites
5:00: Keynote: The Importance of the Accountable and Privacy-Centric Organization in the Cloud Era: Why Privacy Matters (Peter Cullen, Microsoft)


9:30: Can we be smart and private: Intelligent Transportation Systems
11:00: History of Cypherpunks
12:30 – 7:00: Rebroadcast of Tuesday sessions, Details TBD


9:30: Keynote: Human Rights and the Web (Kent Walker, Google)
11:15: Can an App Do That?
1:00 – 7:00: Rebroadcast of Tuesday sessions, Details TBD
7:00: Twitter chat on the #BillOfRights hashtag


9:30: Robots and Civil Liberties
11:00: Cybersecurity Policy and the Role of .Orgs
1:00: Announcement of CFP 2011
1:15: A Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights: Debate
3:30: A Social Network Users’ Bill of Rights: Voting

Our Budget; Our Economy Forums

For the past few months, I have been working with the AmericaSpeaks initiative, Our Budget; Our Economy. This unprecedented National Town Meeting will bring together thousands of people at sites across the country simultaneously deliberating the fiscal future of our country and the long-term impact of our rising debt. Even better, the report from these town meetings will be shared with the President’s Commission charged to develop recommendations to deal with our spiraling debt and the burden it will place of future generations.

This National Town meeting will take place on June 26 in the following communities:

Abuquerque, NM
Augusta, ME
Casper, WY
Chicago, IL
Columbia, SC
Dallas, TX
Des Moines, IA
Detroit, MI
Grand Forks, ND
Jackson, MS
Los Angeles, CA
Louisville, KY
Missoula, MT
Overland Park, KS
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, OR
Portsmouth, NH
Richmond, VA
San Jose, CA

I am pleased to see that Donna Lauffer and her dynamic staff in Overland Park, KS will be one of the host sites!

I know this is taking place during ALA Conference. I’m the Dallas Site Manager so you know you won’t be seeing me in DC! But not everyone will be in DC in June. Some of you have to stay behind to hold down the fort!

If any of you are in these areas and are free on June 26th, this will be an amazing experience. Get involved by signing up to participate at, or hone your facilitation skills and sign up to be a facilitator. ( There will be telephone training sessions in advance. (see schedule at:

Of course, if you are in the area, I’m sure the organizers would LOVE for you to help promote the event through your network. Next to the registration link for each site is the option to email the host.

If you are not in the area of the sites mentioned, consider hosting your own community conversation. You can host a community conversation:

I think it would be great if libraries had great involvement in this project.


2nd Democracy Video Challenge Launched at United Nations to Promote Dialogue on Democracy

[cross posted from Texas Forums blog]

Even if no one from this network won the video contest below, we’d still have some great content about how young people in our community are thinking about what democracy means to them, AND they would be participating in an international contest. I’d love to see libraries participating in this. I know that some of you out there have the resources and experience cultivating and encouraging young film-makers!

NEW YORK – September 15, 2009 – The Democracy Video Challenge, a global call to action celebrating democracy, launched its second annual competition today at the United Nations on International Democracy Day. Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, served as Master of Ceremonies for the contest’s global launch. The Challenge again invites citizens from around the world to create video shorts (3minutes or less) that complete the phrase: “Democracy is…” in an effort to enhance the global dialogue on democracy.

“Art is meant to engage us, not merely distract us, and needs a robust democracy for it to thrive. Artists everywhere have a civic obligation to speak up fearlessly and courageously on issues, regardless of how difficult they might be,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, a partner in the Democracy Video Challenge.

The Democracy Video Challenge is a unique partnership comprising democracy, and youth organizations, the film and entertainment industry, academia, and the U.S. government. In its inaugural year, the Challenge attracted more than 900 videos from 95 countries around the world.

(read more and get the application forms and rules…)

Using Virtual Reality for Stakeholder Engagement: An Online Conference in Second Life®

Thursday, July 16, 2009
11am-5pm Eastern

Presented by PublicDecisions
Co-sponsored by
§         Learning Times
§         NY University Law School/Institute for Information Law and Policy
§         Public Agenda

§         Involve
§         National Issues Forum Institute
Why just talk with stakeholders about environmental management (or any other subject)? Let them experience it!

Conducted entirely in the virtual world Second Life, this one-day conference will provide you with the opportunity to experience and learn about the possibilities of hosting stakeholder learning events using virtual reality.

You’ll participate in presentations (including a virtual deliberation held in Second Life), discussions . . . even “field trips” that demonstrate how virtual reality is being used for stakeholder learning today.

What You’ll Learn:
► The benefits and drawbacks of working with stakeholders in Second Life, including when it’s appropriate, efficient and effective—and when it’s not
â–º How Second Life differs from other technologies used for stakeholder engagement
► How Second Life can be used for a range of subject areas, including—but not limited to—environmental management
► Tips for using Second Life effectively, including how to access existing “islands” or spaces within Second Life’s virtual world and how to create your own space

View the conference agenda

No Experience Needed
You don’t need prior experience with Second Life to attend, but you will need to create a Second Life account (it’s free) in order to participate.

An orientation for registrants new to Second Life (and those who want a refresher) will be provided prior to the conference.

Online, in Second Life

Seats are Limited to the First 75 Registrants
$75 USD for Circle Club members, $85 USD for nonmembers

Registration includes the PublicDecisions post-event report, “Using Virtual Reality for Stakeholder Engagement”

Not a Circle Club member? Join now. Membership is free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

QUESTIONS? Contact Paul Coelus

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