Abstract - The Information Society 18(3)

Technology and Political Artifacts: The CFP2000 Workshop on Freedom and Privacy by Design

Lenny Foner

An experimental, all-day Workshop on Freedom and Privacy by Design took place on April 4, 2000, as part of the 10th annual Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy. It invited over 30 well-known systems architects, implementors, and experts in privacy and usability to investigate, in depth, three different proposals for creating political artifacts: technology intended to bring about particular types of political change -- in this case the reinforcement of certain civil liberties. This article summarizes the rationale and structure of the workshop, the three proposals investigated, and what the workshop and audience members had to say about the issues. It concludes with some information on the workshop's impact to date and what lessons were learned by running such an experiment.

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