July 11-13, 2012
Washington, DC


Call for papers





Tutorials and Workshops

SOUPS 2012 attendees have a choice of attending one of the following on July 11:

Hacking Public Policy: How technologists can influence the public policy process

This tutorial will provide an overview of how public policy is created and now technologists can interact with policy-makers and their staffs in a few key points in the process to have a significant impact. In addition to learning the process, we will discuss a few prominent case studies (both successes and failures), including SOPA and the DMCA.

We will begin the day with a tour of the White House. We will leave AAAS promptly at 8:45 for the .5 mile walk to the White House. We will return to the AAAS building for lunch and the tutorial. In order to attend the White House tour, please email tutorial organizer Janice Tsai (janice.y.tsai [at] gmail) by May 30, 2012. Your PII will be required for the White House background check. US Citizens will need to bring their Driver's Licenses; Non-US Citizens will need to bring their Passports to check in for the Tour.

You may not bring any of the following items with you on the tour: cameras, video recorders, handbags, book bags, backpacks, purses, food, beverages, tobacco products, makeup, lotion, strollers, pointed objects, aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, mace, knives of any size, anything else the U.S. Secret Service decides they don't like. Umbrellas, wallets, car keys, and cell phones (including those with cameras) are permitted, but you must not use your cell phone inside the White House. You will be able to leave your prohibited items at the AAAS building in a room that we will lock before departing for the tour. No storage facilities are available at the White House. No public restrooms are available at the White House.

Noon: Lunch at AAAS

1:00 - 2:00 pm Keynote: Jon Peha

2:00 - 2:15 pm break

2:15 - 2:20: Intro by Janice Tsai and Harlan Yu

2:30 - 3:00: FTC: Manas Mohapatra, Director of Mobile Policy, Mobile Technology Unit, FTC; Ashkan Soltani, independent research, former technology consultant to the FTC

3:00 - 3:30: Media: Kashmir Hill, staff writer, Forbes

3:30 - 4:00: Suzanne Lightman, NIST

4:00 - 4:30: Wrap-up

Tutorial Leaders

Harlan Yu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. His primary research focus is at the intersection of computer security, privacy and public policy, with an emphasis on open government. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley and his master's degree in computer science from Princeton. Harlan now lives in Washington, D.C. and is a part of the growing tech policy Illuminati.

Janice Tsai is a Privacy Manager at Microsoft. After finishing her PhD in Usable Privacy and Security from the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, she spent a year as staff to the Senate Majority Leader in the California Senate where she tried to create privacy standards for the Smart Grid. Janice has also spent time working in New Jersey Legislature and as a technology fellow at the National Academy of Engineering.


SOUPS 2012 is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon CyLab