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CFP2000 Student Competition

Full-time college or graduate students may compete for financial support to attend the conference and for cash prizes. There will be two categories of competition: papers and Web presentations.

Both papers and Web presentations may

  • address ways in which computer and information technologies can enhance or inhibit community, freedom, and privacy,
  • challenge prevailing assumptions about computers, freedom, and privacy, or
  • provide a ten-year retrospective of the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conferences.


Papers should not exceed 3000 words. Papers will be evaluated for their relevance, coherence, clarity of expression, and originality. All papers should be submitted by December 10, 1999, either via e-mail or in hard copy. If submitting hard copy, please furnish 7 printed copies. For electronic submissions, the reviewers have a bias against attachments: attachments that cannot be read easily by the reviewers will not be judged.

Web presentations

Web presentations are collections of Web pages linked together in a meaningful way. Web presentations will be evaluated for their content and overall effect. Web sites are expected to be platform-independent and easily accessible through low-bandwidth connections. To enter the a Web presentation you created in the competition, forward a url for the home page of the presentation by December 10, 1999. Be sure to identify yourself as the author of the presentation.


Retrospectives may be entered as papers or Web presentations. Retrospectives might, for example, discuss changes in the issues discussed in light of events in the outside world, or identify the assumptions that have remained constant through CFP's history, or contrast European, Asian, and North American contributions to CFP dialogue. Whatever the focus, they should go beyond merely linking to or summarizing the archival materials available at


The most outstanding student paper will be published in the conference proceedings, and the most outstanding Web presentation will be linked from the CFP2000 Web site. The authors will receive prizes of US$500. In addition, the submission that best makes use of the vast trove of papers, audio, and video materials from the past ten years of Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conferences will be similarly featured and earn a prize of US$500. Prize winners and honorable mentions will receive travel scholarships to cover expenses of attending CFP2000.

Entries should be directed to:

        Bruce Umbaugh, CFP Student Competition
        Philosophy Dept.
        Webster University
        St. Louis, MO 63119 USA
Submissions will be judged by a committee reflecting the diversity of CFP. Winners will be notified by mid-January, 2000.

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