[PET] 1st CfP: Workshop on Understanding and Enhancing Online Privacy (UEOP'16), satellite workshop of NDSS'16

Matteo Maffei maffei at cs.uni-saarland.de
Fri Oct 23 11:00:39 BST 2015

=== Overview ===

The mainstream focus in privacy research has long been on designing software from the ground up, providing firm guarantees on the provided privacy properties. Such a "bottom-up" approach is undoubtedly crucial for achieving better online privacy in the long term. Nevertheless, there is also a clear need for "top-down" research, understanding online privacy in the present online digital user habitats and proposing solutions that are easily deployable in existing infrastructures.

Understanding privacy in online user habitats necessarily has to cope with highly incomplete information. While top-down methods for understanding some privacy-relevant open-world phenomena in the Internet have been researched (most prominently, information spreading in the context of social networks, recommendation systems, and marketing), and many basic technologies relevant to such understanding are well-investigated (e.g., large-scale information retrieval, image analysis, software analysis, record linkage), their application to the understanding and enhancing of online privacy remains under-explored, and has partly not yet been considered at all. Pursuing such an approach poses major technical challenges, which only an collaboration across several sub-areas of computer science can solve.

The goal of the workshop is to foster interdisciplinary research on the understanding of privacy issues in present online user habitats, and the development of practical solutions. The workshop is directed at researchers from privacy and adjacent research areas. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- data and action linkability
- privacy metrics
- data dissemination and information spreading
- what-if-analysis and privacy threat prediction
- privacy in social networks and microblogging systems
- privacy in cloud and big data applications
- location privacy
- privacy in mobile and portable devices
- behavioral targeting
- data analytics
- user profiling and data mining
- economics of privacy and game-theoretical approaches to privacy
- human factors and usability
- privacy in electronic currencies

=== Location and Important Dates ===

Paper submission: 4 December 2015 (11:59pm PST)
Notification: 18 January 2016
Camera ready copy due: 27 January 2016
Workshop: 21 February 2016 (co-located with NDSS 2016)
Location: Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, California.
=== Workshop Website ===

=== Submission Instructions ===

Papers should be written in English. Long papers must be no more than 10 pages total (including references and appendices). Papers must be formatted for US letter size (not A4) paper in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9.25 inch high and 3.5 inch wide. The text must be in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. Authors are encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates found at:


We also invite short papers of up to 6 pages covering preliminary and exploratory work, position statements, as well as novel or provocative ideas. Short papers will be selected based on their potential to spark interesting discussions and spawn new research directions.
Systematization of knowledge papers are welcome in the form of long as well as short papers. Submissions do not have to be anonymized for review.
=== Submission Site ===


=== Program Committee Co-Chairs ===

Krishna Gummadi (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems)
Joerg Hoffmann (Saarland University)
Matteo Maffei (CISPA, Saarland University)
=== Program Committee ===

Laura Brandimarte, University of Arizona
Claude Castelluccia, INRIA
Michela Chessa, University of Nice
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Matt Fredrikson, CMU
Serge Egelman, UC Berkeley
Aniket Kate, Purdue University
Nikolaos Laoutaris, Telefonica Research
Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University  
Alan Mislove, Northeastern University  
Catuscia Palamidessi, INRIA & Ecole Polytechnique
Sai Teja Peddinti, Google
Iasonas Polakis, Columbia University  
Reza Shokri, UT Austin & Cornell NYC Tech
Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden 

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