Call for Papers

Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES 2015)
Denver, Colorado, USA - October 12, 2015

The increased power and interconnectivity of computer systems available today create the ability to store and process large amounts of data, resulting in networked information accessible from anywhere at any time. It is becoming easier to collect, exchange, access, process, and link information. This global scenario has inevitably resulted in an increasing degree of awareness with respect to privacy. Privacy issues have been the subject of public debates, and the need for privacy-aware policies, regulations, and techniques has been widely recognized. The goal of this workshop is to discuss the problems of privacy in the global interconnected societies and possible solutions to them.

The workshop seeks submissions from academia and industry presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of electronic privacy, as well as experimental studies of fielded systems. We encourage submissions from other communities such as law and business that present these communities' perspectives on technological issues. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

anonymity, pseudonymity, and unlinkability privacy in cloud and grid systems privacy in outsourced scenarios
crowdsourcing for privacy and security privacy and confidentiality management privacy policies
data correlation and leakage attacks privacy and data mining privacy vs. security
data security and privacy privacy in the digital business privacy in social networks
electronic communication privacy privacy in the electronic records privacy threats
economics of privacy privacy enhancing technologies privacy and virtual identity
information dissemination control privacy in health care and public administration privacy through accountability
models, languages, and techniques for big data protection privacy and human rights public records and personal privacy
personally identifiable information privacy metrics user profiling
privacy-aware access control privacy in mobile systems wireless privacy
privacy and anonymity on the Web privacy in online education  


Paper Submissions

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal, conference, or workshop with proceedings. Regular submissions should be at most 10 pages in the ACM double-column format (templates available here), excluding well-marked appendices, and at most 12 pages total. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, and so the paper should be intelligible without them. Submissions should not be anonymized. The workshop will also consider short submissions of up to 4 pages for results that are preliminary or that simply require few pages to describe. Authors of regular submitted papers will indicate at the time of submission whether they would like their paper to also be considered for publication as a short paper (4 proceedings pages).

Submissions are to be made to the submission web site:

You will be requested to upload the file of your paper (in PDF format only). Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Papers must be received by the deadline of June 10, 2015 June 17, 2015 to be considered. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to authors by July 19, 2015. The camera ready must be prepared by July 29, 2015 (firm). Proceedings of the workshop will be published by ACM on a CD, available to the workshop attendees. Papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library, with a specific ISBN. Each accepted paper must be presented by an author, who will have to be registered by the early-bird registration deadline.

Important dates

Paper submission due: June 10 11:59pm UTC -11 June 17 11:59pm UTC -11 (firm)
Notification to authors: July 19, 2015
Camera ready due: July 29, 2015


General Chair (ACM CCS 2015 General Chair)

Indrajit Ray
Colorado State University, US

Program Chairs

Nicholas Hopper
University of Minnesota, US
Rob Jansen
Naval Research Laboratory, US

Publicity Chairs

Dieudonne Mulamba
Colorado State University, US
Dongwan Shin
New Mexico Tech, US

Program Committee

Mashael AlSabah
Qatar University, QA
Kevin Bauer
MIT Lincoln Laboratory, US
Roksana Boreli
National ICT, AU
Aylin Caliskan-Islam
Drexel University, US
Nicolas Christin
Carnegie Mellon University, US
George Danezis
University College London, UK
Anupam Datta
Carnegie Mellon University, US
Emiliano De Cristofaro
University College London, UK
Serge Egelman
Julien Freudiger
Palo Alto Research Center, US
Urs Hengartner
University of Waterloo, CA
Ryan Henry
Indiana University, US
Amir Houmansadr
University of Massachusetts Amherst, US
Aaron Johnson
Naval Research Laboratory, US
Rob Johnson
Stony Brook University, US
Murat Kantarcioglu
University of Texas at Dallas, US
Aniket Kate
Saarland University, DE
Florian Kerschbaum
Janne Lindqvist
Rutgers University, US
Damon McCoy
George Mason University, US
Aleecia McDonald
Stanford University, US
Prateek Mittal
Princeton University, US
Olga Ohrimenko
Microsoft Research, UK
Catuscia Palamidessi
Karen Renaud
University of Glasgow, UK
Max Schuchard
University of Minnesota, US
Reza Shokri
University of Texas at Austin, US
Carmela Troncoso
Gradiant, ES
David Wolinsky
Yale University, US
Ting Yu
North Carolina State University, US

Steering Committee

Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano, IT
Sushil Jajodia George Mason University, US
Pierangela Samarati UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano, IT
Paul Syverson Naval Research Laboratory, US


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