The FTC is holding a set of public hearings November 6-8 called Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade, bringing together a diverse collection of scholars and practioners “to examine the key technological and business developments that will shape consumers’ core experiences in the coming ten years.”
The agenda is expansive, covering topics ranging from general Internet trends, social networking, user-generated content, RFIDs, marketing and communication trends, and user privacy. Presenters include Helen Nissenbaum (NYU; my dissertation advisor), Vint Cerf (Google), Ari Schwartz (CDT), danah boyd (SIMS-Berkeley), Esther Dyson (CNet), David Farber (CMU), and Chris Hoofnagle (Berkeley Center for Law and Technology).
The hearings are free and open to the public. No registration is required.