Thursday, April 18th


Continental Breakfast Mezzanine Lobby


Statistics and Slobodan: Crunching Big Data for the Milosevic case at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia Grand Ballroom

During the conflict between NATO and Yugoslavia, thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more fled their homes. Logically, NATO and Yugoslavia advanced quite different explanations for the violence. Yugoslavia claimed that the deaths and migration were the result of NATO's airstrikes and local actions by the ethnic Albanian insurgents (the KLA). NATO claimed that the deaths and migration were the result of a coordinated campaign by Yugoslav authorities to "ethnically cleanse" Kosovo of Albanians.

The report used techniques from historical demography as well as multiple systems estimation to model patterns of killing and migration flow. Comparing killings and migration to patterns of KLA activity and NATO airstrikes, the hypotheses advanced by the Yugoslav government are rejected. Key coincidences in the data are observed which are suggestive of agreement with the hypothesis that Yugoslav forces were responsible for the violence.

The analysis was organized and presented in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague on 13-14 March 2002.

Patrick Ball of the Association for the Advancement of Science will give an update on this project.


Plenary Session #5: How to Hack an Election Grand Ballroom

Free and fair elections are the foundation of democracy. Computers will revolutionize the way we vote. This panel will examine the challenges that are introduced when people use computers or the Internet to vote, and whether adequate solutions exist to meet those challenges.

Moderator: Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation



Plenary Session #6: Who Goes There? Privacy in Identity and Location Services Grand Ballroom

Many electronic and mobile commerce systems collect and transfer information about user identity and location. Are single-sign-on systems for Web users such as Microsoft's Passport, AOL's Magic Carpet and Sun's Liberty Alliance Project desirable conveniences, or unacceptable threats to privacy, or both? Is the logging and retention of cell phone users' travels across mobile telephony cells acceptable, or does this cross the line allowing pervasive surveillance? Are the information practices of the multiple organizations handling the information fair? Are the systems secure? What impact will these services have on anonymity of movement?

Moderator: Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News



Concurrent Sessions 1-5

Concurrent Session #1 - Open Source Cathedral A

Most of the core standards and protocols on which the Internet is built are in the public domain or available on a "royalty free" (RF) basis, and the open source software movement depends on such an approach. Increasingly, however, standards settings organizations such as the IETF and the W3C have considered standards that would be covered by "reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND) patent licensing. Standards bodies are also increasingly facing claims by third parties that standards and protocols in development are covered by privately held patents. These patent issues raise fundamental and difficult questions about the work of standards bodies, and the future of open source and the open Internet.

Moderator: John Morris, CDT


Concurrent Session #2 - Getting it Right: Global Internet Policy Issues Cathedral B

A different perspective: a first hand look at the policy challenges for activists from around the globe. The panel will discuss various issues of Internet policy, including privacy, democracy, security and barriers to access, and will provide perspective on how these issues are being debated and regulated in different regions of the world.

Moderator: James Dempsey, CDT


Concurrent Session #3 - ICANN in Year 3 Golden Gate Rooms

ICANN was created 3 years ago as a unique experiment in Internet self-governance. Could a private, non-government, global organization coordinate critical Internet naming and numbering functions in a legitimate way? Increasingly, critics complain that ICANN has not fulfilled it's promise. This panel debate will examine whether ICANN's vision of bottom-up global self-governance for the Internet is a myth or a reality.

Moderator: Alan Davidson, CDT


Concurrent Session #4 - A Prognosis for Use of Health, Medical, and Genetic Information Telegraph Hill Rooms

"Medical records are beacons into our past [and] windows into our future," wrote Simson Garfinkel in Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century. With the growing power of information technologies, medical diagnostics, predictive medicine, and genome science to obtain sensitive information about individuals, the questions we need to ask are: Who should have access to this information? And under what conditions? Moreover, to what degree should the public be aware of -- and actively involved in -- the dialogue concerning the generation, use, and disclosure of health, medical, and genetic information? These questions as viewed through the lenses of the law, policy, ethics, business and the public will be the focus of this session.

Moderator: Alex Fowler, Zero Knowledge Systems


  • Peter Swire, Visiting Professor Of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Mary Henderson, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan
  • Dr. Gregory Fowler, Executive Director, Geneforum, and Clinical Associate; Professor of Public Health, Oregon Health Sciences University
Concurrent Session #5 - Bridging the Digital Divide: The Bay Area and Beyond California Room

Recent studies have reported that the digital divide between technology "haves" and "have-nots" is closing in the US, meaning more minorities, the poor, and rural residents have access to the Internet than ever before. However, amidst signs of changing government policies and dwindling sources of corporate funding for digital divide programs, it is unclear whether current progress is sustainable. This session will discuss what's working and what's not from the perspective of Bay Area organizations and companies working to bridge the digital divide.

Moderator: Cory Smith, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights



Luncheon keynote: Larry Irving, Irving Group El Dorado Room

Larry Irving is the President of the Irving Information Group, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and market development services to international telecommunications and information technology companies. Prior to forming the Irving Information Group, in October 1999, Mr. Irving served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international communications and information policy issues and supervised programs that award grants to extend the reach of advanced telecommunications technologies to under served areas.

As a member of the Clinton Administration's technology team, Mr. Irving played an integral role in developing the Administration's Electronic Commerce, National Information Infrastructure and Global Information Infrastructure initiatives. He was a point person in the Administration's successful efforts to reform the United States' telecommunications law, which resulted in the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 -- the most sweeping change in America's telecommunications law in 60 years.

Mr. Irving is widely credited with coining the term "the digital divide" and informing the American public about the growing problem it represents. He initiated and was the principal author of the landmark Federal survey, Falling Through the Net, which tracks access to telecommunications and information technologies, including telephones, computers and the Internet, across racial, economic, and geographic lines. Mr. Irving also was a key proponent in the Clinton-Gore Administration of policies to protect the diversity of voices in the commercial broadcast arena and to promote increased opportunities for minorities, women and rural Americans in the emerging digital economy.


Plenary Session #7: Grassroots Goes Global: Activism Online Grand Ballroom

The Internet has become a fundamental tool for political organizing. This panel will explore how Bay Area activists and others are using the Internet to mobilize local and global grassroots movements, and what barriers stand in their way.

Moderator: Michael Cornfield, George Washington University



Plenary Session #8: The DMCA and You Grand Ballroom

Computer professionals have been arrested for violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and some have refused to attend conferences in the United States or to publish current research because of the threat of arrest. How does (or might) this affect you in your job?

First a role-playing scenario will depict an author from abroad starting to deliver his paper at CFP2002 describing a decryption algorithm that he has widely sold to individuals who have used it to break the digital-rights-management protections on various commercial software content and applications and being arrested for violation of the DMCA. The U. S. attorney has been encouraged to make the arrest by a major industry publishing association. A well-known attorney with experience in high profile DMCA cases is engaged to defend the author. The publishing association says that it is not attacking speech but rather vigorously prosecuting violations of their intellectual property rights, and this should be a lesson not only to the arrestee, but also to the organization that sponsors the conference. A reporter for a major newspaper witnesses the whole event and interviews all the parties involved (we'll see if the defense attorney allows her client to be interviewed, and if so what he will say).

Then a panel of participants with hands-on experience in these matters will discuss and debate what's happened so far and what is likely to happen next. Can we have free speech and unfettered scientific research while protecting digital content? How can conflicting laws be resolved at the same time that technology for playing and broadcasting copyrighted work is becoming less expensive and in greater supply? How does the preceding scenario illustrate (and misrepresent) the real issues involved?

Scenario Participants:

  • Lance Hoffman, George Washington University, Chair of the Steering Committee of the ACM Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy
  • John Markoff, New York Times
  • William P. Keane, Farella Braun & Martel (former Assistant U.S. Attorney, San Jose Office)
  • Daralyn Durie, Keker & Vannest (represented Dmitry Skylarov in a similar case)
  • Ed Felten, Professor, Princeton University, plaintiff in Felten v. RIAA


Moderator: Barbara Simons, Stanford University and former president of the ACM



Debate on the Future of Intellectual Property Grand Ballroom

Moderator: Drew Clark, National Journal Technology Daily



Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs)

  • Gripe Sites and the Law - Paul Levy, Public Citizen - BoF Leader
  • How a Coder Cornered Milosevic - Patrick Ball, AAAS - BoF Leader
  • Teaching about Computers, Freedom and Privacy in the College Classroom - Fred Solop and Phoebe Morgan, Northern Arizona University - BoF Leader
  • Database Stockpiling and Temptations to Use Data - Linda Ackerman, - BoF Leader
  • Privacy at Stanford: A Study on Current Attitudes -Ruchika Agrawad, Stanford University - BoF Leader
  • Planning CFP2003 - Barry Steinhardt, ACLU, Chair of CFP2003 - BoF Leader
  • P3P - Cem Paya, Microsoft - BoF Leader
  • The International Digital Divide - Ethan Zuckerman, Geekcorps - BoF Leader

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