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PST 2021 : The 18th Annual International Conference on Privacy, Security & Trust (PST2021)


Conference Series : Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust
When Dec 13, 2021 - Dec 15, 2021
Where Auckland, New Zealand
Submission Deadline Aug 16, 2021
Notification Due Oct 11, 2021
Final Version Due Oct 25, 2021
Categories    cyber security   privacy   digital trust   blockchain

Call For Papers

Organized by the Auckland University of Technology and the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity – Technically Co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society (pending final approval)

Auckland, New Zealand, December 13-15, 2021
Conference website:
Submission link:

The Annual International Conference on Privacy, Security & Trust (PST) provides a premier forum for sharing advances in cybersecurity research and security applications. PST2021 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, and will offer three days of keynotes, technical presentations, posters, special sessions, and an Industrial day with vendor exhibition.

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline: August 16, 2021
Notification of acceptance: October 11, 2021
Final camera-ready paper due: October 25, 2021
Early-bird registration ends: October 18, 2021

Submission Guidelines:
High-quality papers in all PST-related areas that, at the time of submission, are not under review and have not already been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are solicited. Authors MUST ensure to select the track (Privacy, Security, or Trust) most relevant to their research when submitting their paper. Accepted papers will be accepted as 'regular' papers up to 10 pages or 'short' papers of up to 5 pages. Up to 2 additional pages will be allowed in each category with over-length charges. Every additional page has a cost of $100.00 (CAD). The standard IEEE two-column conference format should be used for all submissions. IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings can be downloaded here.

The conference proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore as in previous editions of the conference (Pending).

At least one author of an accepted paper must register by October 18, 2021. Regular Registration is required. Accepted (short or regular) papers will be published in the proceedings.

Double-blind Submission:
Reviewing will be double-blind: the reviewers will not know the identities of the authors. It will be up to the authors to ensure the proper anonymization of their paper. For effective anonymization, please follow these guidelines:

Do not include any author's name or affiliation in the title. Do not include any acknowledgments. Refer to your published work in the third person: use "In the previous work of Jones et al.", not "In our previous work". If you cite your own papers that are not widely available (e.g., a paper currently under review), use anonymous author names in the citation, for example, an author of the form "A. Anonymous".

List of Topics:
Privacy-Preserving / Enhancing Technologies
eContinuous Authentication
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Trust Technologies, Technologies for Building Trust in e-Business Strategy
Network and Wireless Security
Observations of PST in Practice, Society, Policy, and Legislation
Cloud Security, Web Security, and Privacy
Digital Rights Management
Internet Of Things (IoT) Security and Privacy
Identity and Trust Management
Operating Systems Security
Human-Computer Interaction and PST
Intrusion Detection / Prevention Technologies
Biometrics, National ID Cards, Identity Theft
Secure Software Development and Architecture
Implications of, and Technologies for, Lawful Surveillance
PST Challenges in e-Services, e.g. eHealth, e-Government, e-Commerce
Privacy, Traceability, and Anonymity
Digital Forensics
Trust and Reputation in Self-Organizing Environments
Security Analytics and Data mining
Anonymity and Privacy vs. Accountability
Cryptographic Technologies
Access Control and Capability Delegation
Recommendation, Reputation and Delivery Technologies
Representations and Formalizations of Trust in Electronic and Physical Social Systems

PST Special Session:
2021 18th International Conference on Privacy, Security, and Trust (PST) also organizes a Blockchain Special Session to be held in conjunction with the conference. The aim is to provide researchers in focused areas the opportunity to present and discuss their work, as well as to offer a forum for interaction among a broader community of researchers related to the main topics of PST 2021.

Organizing committee:
Conference Honorary Co-Chairs
Guy Littlefair, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand

Conference General Co-Chairs
Mahsa Mohaghegh, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Hossein Sarrafzadeh, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

New Zealand Industry Summit Committee
Stuart Wilson, Endace
Ian Pollard, Delta
Leanne Bint, AUT University
Dr Ellen Strickland, Internet NZ
Jon Duffy, Consumer NZ
Kate Pearce, Trademe and NZITF
Pouya Ghotbi, CyberArk

Technical Program Chairs
Technical Committee Chair: Ali Ghorbani, and Rongxing Lu, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Privacy Track: Hongwei Li, and Edmund Lai, AUT
Security Track: Ali Dehghantanha, University of Guelph, Canada, and Jairo Gutierrez, AUT
Trust Track: Zonghua Zhang, France and Dave Parry
Special Sessions (Blockchain): Jun Shao, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China
Publication Chair: Morteza Biglar-Abhari, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Publicity Chairs: Roseanne Ellis, and Leanne Bint

Local Organizing committee
Local Organizing committee Chair: Mahsa Mohaghegh, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Alastair Nisbet, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Krassie Petrova, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Alan Litchfield, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Jeff Nijsse, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Kenneth Johnson, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Sira Yongchareon, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Steering committee:
Ali Ghorbani (Chair), University of New Brunswick, Canada
Josep Domingo-Ferrer, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalonia, Spain
Mourad Debbabi, Concordia University, Canada
Nora Cuppens, Télécom Bretagne, France
Patrick McDaniel, Penn. State University, USA
Stephen Marsh, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Hssein Sarrafzadeh, St. Bonaventure University, USA
Ken Barker, University of Calgary, Canada
Ali Miri, Ryerson University, Canada
Sakir Zincir, Queen's University, UK

The conference proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore as in previous editions of the conference.

Selected papers presented at the PST2021 will be recommended (after significant extension with 40% new material) for some special issues of SCI-indexed journals based on the topic suitability. The final acceptance depends on several additional rounds of reviews performed by the journal editor.

The conference will be held at the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

All questions about submissions should be emailed to

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