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Blind Faith, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Humble Pie, the Traveling Wilburys. Every musical genre has its supergroup, individual talents from other groups who come together to create something even more impressive. In the consumer privacy and data security world, we think the agenda for the FTC’s PrivacyCon 2018 reads like the line-up of one of those legendary supergroups. (Minus Eric Clapton – sorry.)

Scheduled for February 28, 2018, in Washington, D.C., this year’s PrivacyCon – which has a special focus on the economics of privacy – will kick off with opening comments from Acting Chairman Ohlhausen. Session 1 will discuss the latest research on Collection, Exfiltration, and Leakage of Private Information. The next session will address Consumer Preferences, Expectations, and Behaviors, including a deeper dive into the Internet of Things. Session 3 speakers will focus on Economics, Markets, and Experiments. And Session 4 will present research about Tools and Ratings for Privacy Management. To put the day in perspective, FTC Acting Chief Technologist Neil Chilson will offer closing remarks.

As you can see from the agenda – which includes links to their research – speakers include the Names You Know from leading universities, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and corporations. Representatives from agencies that fund privacy research (including some of the research presented at PrivacyCon) will be available during the lunch hour to talk about funding opportunities and agency needs. And this year’s PrivacyCon features something new. In addition to the supergroup superstars of privacy and security, we’re proud to introduce attendees to the Tech Stars of Tomorrow at PrivacyCon 2018’s Student Poster Session.

PrivacyCon 2018 is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8:15 ET at the FTC’s Constitution Center conference facility, located at 400 7th Street, S.W., at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro in Washington. We’ll also webcast the event from a link we’ll post that morning and live tweet using the hashtag #PrivacyCon18.

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