PrivacyCon: What’s on the agenda?

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Think of it like Woodstock – minus the mud and the seven-minute solo by Santana’s drummer.

Set for January 14, 2016, PrivacyCon won’t offer “3 days of peace & music,” but the FTC is bringing together some of the most intriguing thinkers from universities and think tanks around the world to present 19 original studies on privacy-related topics.

The agenda was just released. What’s different about PrivacyCon? It puts the focus squarely on consumers – Who is the “reasonable consumer” in the digital context? Does their understanding of online privacy square with the options they’re presented? What’s the latest in the drive toward usable privacy policies?

Panels will focus on five areas:

  • the current state of online privacy,
  • consumers’ privacy expectations,
  • big data and algorithms,
  • the economics of privacy and security, and
  • security and usability.

Within each topic, researchers will present their findings, followed by a discussion of the implications for consumer protection policy.

PrivacyCon begins at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks from FTC Chairwoman Ramirez. Also featured: Commissioner Julie Brill and the FTC’s new Chief Technologist Lorrie Cranor.

The event will be held at the FTC’s Constitution Center conference facility, located at 400 7th Street, S.W., near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro in Washington, D.C. PrivacyCon is free and open to the public. We’ll also webcast it live. Check back here on the morning of the event for a link.



Thank you. It's a pleasure. Great topic with a need for accurate current understandings- Computer privacy in the world's relatively new online environment.


This will go nowhere until you start withe basics. All naive lawyers think they can beat code, but they can't so consumers are code hosed wtih perceptions about privacy that do not exist. Who are they? We don't know who the data sellers are and what kind of data they sell and to who. It's data base 101 basics, index and license all data selelrs, so we know who they are. Come out of the dark ages, for once. You'll never win any privacy issues for consumers until you have identified who's abusing us.

Read this about prescriptions...flawed data that restrics access to drugs and the dupes of hazard beleive all of this...see what the pharmacist had to say..

As someone who actually works to protect Internet users' privacy every single day, I am disappointed to see that there is not a single practicing ISP or engineer in the entire roster of speakers and authors for this conference. ISPs, network engineers, electrical engineers, and software engineers are on the front lines -- keeping the networks running and protecting users not only from others but from the consequences of their own actions -- and should be represented among the speakers, panelists, and authors in any legitimate forum on privacy. Omitting them so conspicuously from the agenda is like holding a Woodstock without professional musicians. Please remedy this.

Look's like 6540 got it going on. That's the entire problem with government these days, there all WANNA-BE'S.
Instead of going to the REAL EDUACATED PROFESSIONALS. Government ONLY goes to people who want them to be for and Lead by the nose and people who DO NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK.
What good is a DEGREE, If those people who need to see it, DON'T do their DO DILIGENCE.
In other words The people who really need to know the facts and problem solving solutions ARE SCARED OR, THEY ARE taking monies under the table to play DUMB. What else could it POSSIBLE BE? The Government DOESN'T CARE FOR IT'S PEOPLE/Look at the place were in NOW/WHY DO YOU THINK DONALD TRUMP IS STICKING HIS FOOT UP THEIR - WELL YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN....

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