FOCI '19 Call for Short Talks

The 9th USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI ’19) will bring together researchers and practitioners from technology, law, and policy who are working on means to study, detect, or circumvent practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet.


We invite informal short talks on any of the topics listed in the Call for Papers. We are interested in discussions of preliminary or ongoing work as well as updates on previously completed work. We also welcome announcements about related events or projects as well as informal or less serious presentations.

Getting a Speaking Slot

As in years past, to get a speaking slot, make your desire known to the chair of the Rump Session, typically during FOCI itself. If you can’t find the session chair, try emailing her/him. There is no need to submit an abstract or title. There will be no peer review, and we do not consider our process to involve a submission for the purposes of policies against simultaneous submissions of the same work.

Speaking slots will be awarded on a first-come basis, but we will try to allow everyone interested to have a slot. If your ability to participate in FOCI is dependent upon having a confirmed speaking slot before the event, please contact the program co-chairs at


We anticipate each speaker getting five minutes, but we reserve the right to modify this allotment based upon the number of speakers and other program constraints. Speakers may use slides or not.

We will not be posting the presentation slides or even their titles on the web page, and we do not consider these presentations to be publications for the purposes of submissions to other workshops, conferences, or journals.


Contact your program co-chairs,, or the USENIX office,