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[liberationtech] CfP: USENIX Free and Open Communications on the Internet

Philipp Winter phw at
Thu Apr 17 09:48:56 PDT 2014

The annual FOCI workshop is having an open CfP.  I attached it below.  The
workshop invites technical as well as policy submissions so I hope it is of
interest to this mailing list.


We are pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the 4th USENIX
Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI '14) is
now available. Please read through the complete CFP for additional
details and submission instructions.

FOCI '14 seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners working
on means to study, detect, or circumvent practices that inhibit free and
open communications on the Internet. We encourage submission of new,
interesting work on a wide variety of topics of interest, including but
not 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

* Techniques for measuring the prevalence and operation of deployed
censorship systems

* 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

* 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

* Analysis of the economic impact of censorship

* Usability in censorship-resistant systems

* Effects of censorship on individuals, society, business, or political

FOCI favors interesting and new ideas and early results. We envision
that work presented at FOCI will ultimately lead to more mature
publications at relevant, high-quality conferences. Papers will be
selected primarily based on originality, significance, and technical
merit, with additional consideration given to their potential to foster
productive discussion at the workshop.

Submissions are due by May 13, 2014.

FOCI '14 is co-located with the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX
Security '14), which takes place August 20-22, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Jed Crandall, University of New Mexico
Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley, and International Computer
Science Institute
FOCI '14 Program Co-Chairs
foci14chairs at

Call for Papers
4th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet
August 18, 2014
San Diego, CA
Co-located with the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium
Submissions due: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PDT

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