The goal of FOCI is to bring together researchers, implementers, and activists working in the area of Internet freedom. We recognize that control over online speech has become inherently interdisciplinary, so that studying these problems often involves adopting a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective. We aim to catalyze new research directions and in-depth discussions concerning free and open communications on the internet by providing a space for work that might not fit at conventional computer science measurement and security conferences. We particularly encourage early-stage research or extensions to previously published research.
FOCI papers will be available online at https://www.petsymposium.org/foci/. All works are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Authors retain the copyright of their work and may distribute and reuse the contents as they wish.
There will be two FOCI issues this year:
Issue 1: Accepted papers and talks will be presented at an online-only event
Issue 2: Accepted papers and talks will be presented at an in-person event
Dates and deadlines for both issues/events are as follows:
We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 1 (online event), due November 17th, 2023.
We welcome studies on all aspects of digital speech control. Below are some examples of topics that we consider definitely relevant to FOCI, however we encourage community members to interpret this list broadly and feel free to submit works not specifically listed here.
We welcome the submission of papers containing the following type of content:
For all submissions, the program committee will give greater weight to papers that lend themselves to interactive discussion among workshop attendees.
We offer a variety of paper length options. Submitters may chose the option that best fits their submission:
The page length limits for all submissions do not include references and appendices. Authors should use the
PoPETs template. There is no need to
fill in the values in the Copyright and Issue info sections of the .tex file for submission.
The review process will be double-blind; all submissions should be anonymized so as not to reveal the authors names or affiliations during the review process. All anonymized papers must be submitted in PDF format via the submission form. Please do not email submissions.
To submit, please visit https://foci24.hotcrp.com.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.
The Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI) community strives to foster a space for rigorous,
challenging intellectual exploration that is at the same time open, inclusive and diverse. We urge FOCI
participants to engage with one another encouragingly and constructively, and especially encourage
to interact with those whose viewpoints, research interests, cultural backgrounds, or experiences may be
unfamiliar to them or outside their comfort zone.
The organizers expect that anyone participating in FOCI will—at minimum—treat others with respect for their dignity and autonomy. Correspondingly, behavior that violates these principles will not be tolerated, and may include consequences up to and including expulsion from FOCI. Anyone who feels threatened or harassed while participating in FOCI should not hesitate to reach out to the FOCI chairs and can expect that any concerns shared will be taken seriously and handled with both discretion and dispatch. The current FOCI chairs are Tariq Elahi and Cecylia Bocovich.