Monday, 22 March 2004

"Travel Data and Privacy" session on CFP 2004 agenda

Despite having been omitted in error from the printed schedule you may be receiving in the mail, and the PDF file on the Web site, I’m assured that the “birds-of-a-feather” session I’m facilitating on “Travel Data and Privacy” is still on the agenda for this year’s “Computers, Freedom, and Privacy” conference in Berkeley and Oakland (the conference venue straddles the city line), CA, USA.

The BOF session on Thursday evening, 22 April 2004, will provide an update and overview of:

  1. Current proposals for government and commercial uses of travel data and the conversion of the travel reservation infrastructure into a system for surveillance of travellers, including CAPPS-II, US-VISIT, APIS, biometric and RFID passports and travel documents, the jetBlue Airways and Northwest Airlines “sharing” of reservation archives, and current and potential policies and practices for commercial uses of travel reservation archives;
  2. The status of related regulatory and legislative activity
    and litigation in the USA, EU, Canada, and international
    standard-setting bodies such as IATA and ICAO;
  3. Gilmore v. Ashcroft, Hiibel v. Nevada, and anonymous travel; and
  4. Strategizing for responses and initiatives to protect and defend the privacy of travellers and the right to travel.

I hope and expect that many of the leading activists on this issue from around the country and the world will be in attendance and able to contribute to the discussion.

I’ll be arriving late at CFP, due to another travel event earlier in the week in New York, but I look forward to seeing many of you there on the 22nd.

I’ll also be discussing the impact of current “Homeland Security” measures on travel industry workers and their privacy — one of the aspects of CAPPS-II and related measures that’s been least widely recognized — at a panel on workplace sureveillance with Deborah Pierce of PrivacyActivism and Nancy Bupp of the IAM Education and Technology Center at LaborTech/Aceess 2004 at Stanford Univeristy on Saturday, 3 April 2004, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.

And, for those of you in the Bay Area interested in more general travel advice, a reminder that I’ll be speaking and signing copies of the new 3rd edition of “The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World” this Wednesday, 24 March 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at Get Lost Travel Books at 1825 Market St. (on the south side of Market St. between Valencia St. and Guerrero St.) in San Francisco. (Note that the San Francisco Chronicle travel section published the wrong date for this event: it’s Wednesday, 24 March, not Friday.)

As always, details of all events are on my events page.

Link | Posted by Edward on Monday, 22 March 2004, 15:48 ( 3:48 PM)
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