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

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at
Wed Mar 13 08:24:30 PDT 2013

I've been waiting for this CFP with great excitement and will be submitting
for sure! Thanks, Collin. :-)


On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:01 AM, 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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