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[liberationtech] CfP: USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (DC!)

jon penney jpenney at
Tue Jul 16 13:21:05 PDT 2013

Hi all,

Thought I'd send out a note to put this back on everyone's radar as the
program for the 2013 USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the
Internet-- taking place in Washington DC on August 13--- has now posted its

Also, early bird/hotel registration deadline is fast approaching-- *July 22:

As Collin mentioned back in March, FOCI aims to be interdisciplinary,
mixing technical research (and researchers) with practitioners and
researchers from fields like law, technology, social science, and public

Figured there would at least be some DC based LibTech folks on this list
interested, particularly those involved with public policy in this space.

Best, jon

jon penney | @jon_penney | jpenney at

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM, Collin Anderson <collin at
> wrote:

> Colleagues,
> Libtech receives a fair number of call for papers on conferences and
> journals every month, however, I wanted to direct special attention to
> the Free and Open Communications on the Internet Workshop at USENIX, being
> held in Washington, D.C. on August 13 this year. Participating in the first
> FOCI was a pretty great opportunity personally and I am hopeful that the
> location this time will help better connect researchers and the policy
> process that takes place locally. Please, submit, participate and attend!
> Cordially,
> Collin
> ---
> Overview
> The 3rd USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet
> (FOCI '13) seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from
> technology, law, and policy who are working on means to study, detect, or
> circumvent practices that inhibit free and open communications on the
> Internet.
> Internet communications drive political and social change around the
> world. Governments and other actors seek to control, monitor, and block
> Internet communications for a variety of reasons, ranging from extending
> copyright law to suppressing free speech and assembly. Methods for
> controlling what content people post and view online are also multifarious.
> Whether it's traffic throttling by ISPs or man-in-the-middle attacks by
> countries seeking to identify those who are organizing protests, threats to
> free and open communications on the Internet must be addressed by the
> research community in an interdisciplinary way that includes both policy
> and technology.
> Topics
> We encourage submission of new, interesting work on a wide variety of
> topics of interest, including but in no way limited to the following areas:
> Evaluation or analysis of existing anti-censorship systems
> Comparisons of existing tools that might be used to detect tampering,
> blocking, or violations of net neutrality
> Studies and findings on real-world censorship or tampering from field
> deployments or other methods, such as the topics or content censored by
> states or the extent to which ISPs are degrading certain types of content
> or service
> Metrics and benchmarks for content tampering or performance degradation
> Detection, measuring, and analysis of the censorship of search results
> Design of network protocols and topologies that resist tampering or
> censorship
> Techniques to counter mass surveillance or its effects
> The role of private corporations in spreading or enabling surveillance and
> censorship
> Capabilities of deep packet inspection (DPI) and robust mechanisms to
> circumvent DPI
> Capabilities and constraints of censorship technologies
> Legality of censorship-resistant systems or bypassing censorship
> Economic considerations in the design and deployment of censorship or
> censorship-resistant tools
> Analysis of the economic impact of censorship
> Usability in censorship-resistant systems
> Effects of censorship on individuals, society, business, or political
> processes
> We emphasize that this workshop seeks to draw submissions from a range of
> disciplines. As such, non-technical work that examines the wider
> implications of censorship and its effects will be considered favorably.
> What to Submit
> We invite two distinct tracks for papers: a technical track for
> technically-focused position papers or works-in-progress; and a social
> science track for papers focused on policy, law, regulation, economics or
> related fields of study.
> FOCI will favor interesting and new ideas and early results that lead to
> well-founded position papers. We envision that work presented at FOCI will
> ultimately be published at relevant, high-quality conferences. Papers will
> be selected primarily based on originality, with additional consideration
> given to their potential to generate discussion at the workshop. Papers in
> the technical track will also be evaluated based on technical merit.
> Submission Guidelines
> Technical Track: Submitted papers must be no longer than six 8.5" x 11"
> pages, based on the standard USENIX format. References will not count
> towards the six-page limit.
> Social Science Track: Submitted papers must be no longer than nine 8.5" x
> 11" pages, based on the standard USENIX format, but shorter papers are
> encouraged. References will not count towards the nine-page limit.
> The social science track aims to encourage submissions from fields such as
> law and political science, where longer articles are traditional. Authors
> should not submit technically-focused papers to the social science track in
> order to avoid page limits—such papers may be rejected out of hand.
> All papers should be in the standard USENIX format. Specifically,
> regarding page limits, your paper should be typeset in two-column format in
> 10-point type on 12 point (single-spaced) leading, with a text block no
> more than 6.5" wide by 9" deep. Papers must be submitted via the Web
> submission form, which will be available here soon.
> Paper submissions must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous
> review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and
> authors should avoid revealing their identities in the text. When referring
> to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written
> by someone else. Only blind the reference itself in the (unusual) case that
> a third-person reference is infeasible. Contact the program co-chairs at
> foci13chairs at if you have any questions.
> Papers that do not comply with the submission requirements, including
> length and anonymity, may be rejected without review.
> All accepted papers will be available online to registered attendees
> before the workshop. If your paper should not be published prior to the
> event, please notify production at The papers will be available
> online to everyone beginning on the day of the workshop, August 13, 2013.
> Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of
> previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud.
> USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and journals,
> prohibits these practices and may take action against authors who have
> committed them. See the USENIX Conference Submissions Policy for details.
> Note, however, that we expect that many papers accepted for FOCI '13 will
> eventually be extended as full papers suitable for presentation at future
> conferences. Questions? Contact your program co-chairs,
> foci13chairs at, or the USENIX office,
> submissionspolicy at
> Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be
> considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to
> publication on the USENIX FOCI '13 Web site; rejected submissions will be
> permanently treated as confidential.
> --
> *Collin David Anderson*
> | @cda | Washington, D.C.
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