Ubicomp 2004 Privacy Workshop
John Canny, Jason Hong, Alessandro Acquisti, Marc Langheinrich
At UBICOMP 2004, Sept 7th, Nottingham, England
The main goals of this workshop are to review the
current state of ubicomp privacy; to share actual experiences in designing,
implementing, deploying, and evaluating systems; and to sketch out a roadmap of
future directions that we as designers, researchers, and developers should be
heading in. Areas of interest to this workshop include (but are not limited to)
the following topics:
What kinds of design methods are most effective for understanding the privacy concerns of a given community, especially while early in the design process?
What kinds of tools are useful here for prototyping and implementing privacy-sensitive systems?
What progress is needed in core technologies such as cryptography, trusted systems, AI inference and user modeling to implement better privacy-sensitive systems?
What incentives work best for ubicomp systems? How can weaker parties (individual users) respond to organizationsí desire for information? How should this shape design?
What are the best methods for evaluating privacy concerns? What kinds of qualitative approaches work well?
What are end-usersí conceptions of privacy and how do they shape their attitude towards ubicomp technologies? How do they change over time, as they use and become more familiar with systems?
This workshop will last for 1
full day and will be limited to 20 participants (not including the workshop
organizers) to enable lively and productive discussions. Participants will be
invited on the basis of position papers. Such position papers should be no
longer than 4 pages excluding references, and they will be selected based on
their originality, technical merit and topical relevance.
The workshop will be organized into panels and breakout sessions. Depending on the submitted position papers, the workshop will consist of 3 to 4 panels. Each panel lasts about an hour, and includes presentation of 5 or 6 position papers that share a similar topic, followed by organizer-moderated discussions. Also in the afternoon, there will be breakout sessions lasting about 1.5 to 2 hours, followed by reports to a plenary session. In addition, coffee breaks and lunch will serve as opportunities for informal discussion. To the extent possible, participants will have lunch together within short walking distance of the workshop location.
Call for Papers
Papers should be submitted to
in PDF or MS Word format on or before
The goals of this workshop are
Privacy is an enormously
complex topic, and ubiquitous computing opens up new problems that span much of
its scope. They include protection from theft or fraud, stalking, harassment,
spam, discrimination, financial exploitation, and the creation and maintenance
of social personae, negotiation of disclosure boundaries and unfettered
participation in social life. Ubicomp privacy requires at least the
understanding of principles from (i) computer science (ii) social psychology and
sociology (iii) law and (iv) economics. Only by bringing together experts in
these areas in a forum like this can we identify the cross-cutting themes and
research needs for the healthy growth of the field.
This workshop builds on two previous workshops at Ubicomp run by some of the current organizers: The first workshop was titled "Socially-Informed Design of Privacy-Enhancing Solutions in Ubiquitous Computing" at UBICOMP 2002 and the second is "Ubicomp communities: Privacy as boundary negotiation" at UBICOMP 2003.
Alessandro Acquisti, CMU
Marc Langheinrich, ETH, Zurich
Please address all
correspondence about the workshop to: firstname.lastname@example.org