The Internet offers great promise for improving the communication capabilities of citizens, but our increasing dependence on networked communications also makes it easier for organizations and governments to control, monitor, and block communications. The growing trend toward blocking, tampering, or otherwise restricting communications on the Internet calls for improved techniques both for monitoring the state of restrictions on Internet content and communications, in order to inform users, and for circumventing attempts to censor, degrade, or otherwise tamper with Internet communications.
Many researchers and practitioners in the Boston area are engaged in studying, detecting, or circumventing practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet. The main purposes of BFOC is to encourage collaboration between local researchers and practitioners in technology, law, and policy who are working on these challenges.
BFOC 2013 will be held at Boston University’s Photonics Center in room 906 on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and is sponsored by the Hariri Institute for Computing and the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security.
Read the details: http://www.bu.edu/cs/bfoc/.