Electronic Frontiers Forums at Dragon Con (Atlanta, GA; Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2019)
We are gearing up for another great year in 2019 and have just published our 2019 Provisional Schedule!
Electronic Frontiers Forums is a series of lectures and panels given at the Dragon Con Science Fiction Convention each year on Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Originally inspired by the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, Electronic Frontiers Forums has taken on a life of its own by bringing some of the best technical and legal minds together to hash out the future and have a little fun along the way.
The rise of filtering regimes such as the EU’s Article 15 and 17 and Facebook’s AI-based filtering, along with legislative threats such as SESTA/FOSTA and the CLOUD Act, continued assaults on Section 230, and the recent explosion of pervasive, bias-prone facial recognition, make the case that our digital rights are still in peril. As governments around the world implement tougher standards and controls on tech giants like Apple, Google, and Facebook, who considers the plight of the average user like you and me? We do!
This year, we plan to have representatives from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Now, Public Knowledge, and local organizations, along with practicing attorneys to discuss the latest news and issues in Internet and technology activism. Planned topics include EU Articles 15 and 17, Hacking the Census, Punishing Julian Assange, California Consumer Privacy Act, Issues with Georgia’s New Voting Machines, Bias in Facial Recognition, and many others. Returning favorites include Hacking 101 and 201, Webcomics, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters (Documentary), and Famous Unsolved Codes.