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WEIS 2023 : The 22nd Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS)


Conference Series : Workshop on the Economics of Information Security
When Jul 5, 2023 - Jul 7, 2023
Where Geneva, Switzerland
Submission Deadline Mar 5, 2023
Notification Due May 15, 2023
Final Version Due Jun 10, 2023
Categories    information security   economics   cyberlaw   digital sovereignty

Call For Papers


The 22nd Annual Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS 2023),
Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland
July 5-7, 2023

Hackathon on Digital Sovereignty (July 7-8, 2023)


The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS) is the leading forum for interdisciplinary scholarship on information security and privacy, combining expertise from the fields of economics, social science, business, law, policy, and computer science.

Prior workshops have explored the role of incentives between attackers and defenders of information systems, identified market failures surrounding internet security, quantified cybercrime costs and risks of personal data disclosure, and assessed investments in cyber-defense. The 2023 Workshop will build on past efforts using empirical and analytic tools not only to understand threats, but also to strengthen security and privacy through novel evaluations of available solutions.


We encourage economists, computer scientists, legal scholars, business school researchers, security and privacy specialists, as well as industry experts to submit their research and participate by attending the workshop. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of:

Special topics of interest
- Digital sovereignty
- Cyberwar and cyber peace
- International law and regulations in the cyberspace
Investment in information security
- Vulnerability discovery, disclosure, and patching
- Incentives for and against pervasive monitoring threats
- Cyber-risk quantification
- Cyber-insurance
Economics and governance of privacy
- Economics of privacy and anonymity
- Behavioral security and privacy
- Data privacy and policy
- Models and analysis of online crime (including botnets, ransomware,
and underground markets)
- Analysis of costs of cybercrime and impacts of counter-measures
Cybersecurity policy
- Security standards and regulation
- Incentives for information sharing and cooperation
- Cyber-defense strategy
- Geopolitical and international relations aspects of cybersecurity, including cyberterrorism

Because it will be held at the heart of International Geneva, WEIS 2023 will specifically welcome contributions to digital sovereignty, cyberwar, cyberpeace, international law and regulations.

WEIS 2023 is co-hosted by the University of Geneva and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).


Submitted manuscripts should represent significant and novel research contributions. WEIS has no formal discipline or formatting guidelines.
Previous contributors spanned fields from economics and psychology to computer science and law, each with different norms and expectations about manuscript length and formatting.

All paper manuscripts will have to be submitted in anonymized form for double-blind review. Papers should be submitted through the submission server at:


In addition to the annual workshop, we are working on organising a special hackathon session for the first time where interested stakeholders from the academia, public and private sectors will meet to identify current information security and privacy challenges and co-create innovative ideas and solutions across research disciplines and sectors. A special call for challenges is opened for the Hackathon on Digital Sovereignty, jointly organized in the Geneva Area on July 7-8, between WEIS and PETs. All academics, international, public, and private organizations are welcome to submit an emerging challenge or societal issue relevant for the WEIS community. See below for important dates.

Your proposal (1-2 pages) should be uploaded in the PDF format and include the following details: submitter’s name, the context and brief description of the proposed challenge, (optionally) the broad concept for solving it, targeted audience, resources or skill sets required. You may include any data relevant for your proposal using a link to an external web hosting platform of your choice. Proposals for the Hackathon should be submitted through the submission server at: and marked as "Hackathon
challenge" in the submission type field.


Submission system opens : December 15, 2022
Submission deadline (for papers) : March 5, 2023 (11:59pm EST)
Submission deadline (for hack challenges) : March 31st, 2023
Notification of acceptance : May 15, 2023
Final papers due (revisions) : June 10, 2023
Workshop dates : July 5-7, 2023
Hackathon dates : July 7-8, 2023


General Chair

Thomas Maillart, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Program Chairs

Svetlana Abramova, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Josephine Wolff, Tufts University, USA

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