May 23, 2024 - 9:00am to 5:05pm PDT
San Francisco, CA

ConPro '24 (not EFF) will host this event. EFF's Bill Budington will be speaking.

8th Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection

From the Organizers:

Advances in technology come with countless benefits for society, but these advances sometimes introduce new risks as well. Various characteristics of technology, including its increasing complexity, may present novel challenges in understanding its impact and addressing its risks. Enforcement agencies have broad jurisdiction to protect consumers against certain harmful practices (typically called "deceptive and unfair" practices in the United States), but sophisticated technical analysis may be necessary to assess practices, risks, and more. Moreover, consumer protection covers an incredibly broad range of issues, from substantiation of claims that a smartphone app provides advertised health benefits to the adequacy of practices for securing sensitive customer data.

The Eighth Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro ’24) will explore computer science topics with an impact on consumers. This workshop has a strong security and privacy emphasis, with an overall focus on ways in which computer science can prevent, detect, or address the potential for technology to play a role in consumer deception or harm. Participants will consist heavily of academic and industry researchers but are also expected to include researchers from the Federal Trade Commission—the U.S. government's primary consumer protection body—and other government agencies with a consumer protection mission. Research advances and ideas presented at the workshop may help improve the lives of consumers, and discussions at the event may help researchers understand how their work can best promote consumer welfare given laws and norms surrounding consumer protection.


Thursday, May 23, 2024


Hilton San Francisco Union Square
San Francisco, CA



Event Requirements:

You must register online.
A valid email address is required to complete your registration.

More About the Event:

The Symposium registration fee includes a poster session with a reception on Monday, lunch and refreshment breaks as indicated on the conference agenda for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and access to IEEE-published symposium and workshop proceedings.

About the Speaker:

Bill Budington is a longtime activist, cryptography enthusiast, and a Senior Staff Technologist on EFF's Public Interest Technology team. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and cited by the U.S. Congress. He is the lead developer of Cover Your Tracks, apkeep, led HTTPS Everywhere from 2015 to 2018, and has contributed to projects like Let's Encrypt and SecureDrop. Bill has spoken at USENIX Enigma (2016), HOPE (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022), CCC (2017), InfoSec Southwest (2017), ShmooCon (2019, 2020), and other infosec conferences. Bill's primary interest lies in dismantling systems of oppression, building up collaborative alternatives and, to borrow a phrase from Zapatismo, fighting for a 'world in which many worlds fit.' He loves hacker spaces and getting together with other techies to tinker, code, share, and build the technological commons.

This event is organized not by EFF, but by ConPro '24