UNITED SIKHS Presents Plenary Panel on Airport Security & its Impact on Civil Liberties
Plenary Panel Presented at the
Annual Computers, Freedom, & Privacy (CFP) Conference
in Washington DC from June 14-1621st
“The Future is Now”
Georgetown Law Center
June 14-16, 2011
- UNITED SIKHS presented a plenary panel on June 15th at Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) Conference
- A major focus
of the discussion was the racial/ religious profiling against the Sikh
community at airports due to current airport security policies as they
relate to religious head wear.
Chu, a champion for Sikh Civil Rights, amplifies the concerns over
racial/ religious profiling of the Sikh community at airports and makes
connections to the broader implications in society (i.e. hate crimes)
- Plenary Panel
covered a diverse range of issues: racial/ religious profiling, data
gathering/ storage, privacy, modesty, national security, 4th Amendment,
Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and the future of aviation
From June 14-16th, Georgetown Law Center hosted the 21st annual
Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference (CFP2011). The
Conference is a multi-stakeholder structure that brings together
government officials, the private sector, technologists, policymakers,
activists and civil society for discussions about the information
society and the future of technology, innovation, and freedom.
The Program covered:
- The role of social media- Middle East and N. Africa and its impact on democracy;
- Technology and social media to support human rights;
- The impact of mobile personal computing technology on freedom and privacy;
- Smart grid, e-health records, consumer
location-based advertising. Cybersecurity, cloud computing, net
neutrality, federated ID, ubiquitous surveillance;
- Aviation security and its impact on minorities, privacy, and freedom of movement
The Plenary Panel presented by UNITED SIKHS was titled The Effect of Domestic Airport Security Policies on Minority Communities, Freedom of Movement, and Privacy.
Panel organized by: Hansdeep Singh: Staff Attorney, UNITED SIKHS.
Moderator: Daniel Mach: Director of Freedom of Religion and Belief, ACLU
- Congresswoman Judy Chu: 32nd District of California
- Kimberly Walton: Special Counselor to the Administrator, TSA
- Chris Calabrese: Legal Counsel on Technology and Liberty, ACLU
- Ginger McCall: Open Government Counsel, EPIC
- Nadhira Al-Khalili, Esq.: Legal Counsel, Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR
Congresswoman Chu addressing the audience at CFP
Senior Staff Attorney, Hansdeep Singh, who
participated and organized one of the panels in the CFP Conference
states: "What is important in engaging in this process is not just
about getting Sikh civil rights issues in front of a larger more
diverse audience, but the ability to learn from the larger debate on
computers, freedom, and privacy while preserving the voice of Sikhs in
Look forward to Part II regarding this panel, which will include videos and a discussion of each panelists contributions!
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Protect Our Identity Campaign
Protect Our Identity (POI)
is an ongoing international campaign launched by UNITED SIKHS in August
2010 . It focuses on the need to protect the Sikh community's right to
express its religious identity. Initiatives under the POI
- Right to Turban
- Airport Security in European Union and United States
- Anti-Bullying Initiatives
- Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Pakistan
- Equality in Employment
- Right to Kakaars
of Sikhs as a Religion and Ethnicity in UK and US Census, and Raising
Awareness of Sikhs and Sikhism to reduce acts of violence and
xenophobia against Sikhs.
UNITED SIKHS is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are
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Briefly, a time-line will give a snapshot of UNITED SIKHS' engagement
in preparing this Plenary Panel and being a part of the Program
Committee for the CFP Conference.
- Feb. 14, 2011: UNITED
SIKHS Senior Staff Attorney, Hansdeep Singh, joins CFPs Program
Committee and participates in first Program Committee Meeting [1st of
11 Conference Calls]
- Mar. 15, 2011: UNITED
SIKHS makes submission to present Plenary Panel on Impact of Aviation
Security on Minorities (including Sikhs), Freedom of Movement, and
- Mar. - May 2011: Program
Committee reviews panel proposals for CFP. Hansdeep Singh
assigned to be on Freedom Committee and vetted all proposals for
Freedom day of the CFP Conference
- Apr. 20, 2011: UNITED SIKHS' submission accepted as a Plenary Panel
- April - June 2011: Panelists invited to participate on Plenary Panel
- June 15, 2011: UNITED SIKHS' Plenary Panel at CFP Conference presented
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