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PrivOn 2015 : 3rd International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology @ ISWC2015


When Oct 11, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015
Where Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Submission Deadline Jul 12, 2015
Notification Due Jul 31, 2015
Final Version Due Aug 21, 2015
Categories    privacy   security   semantic web   linked data

Call For Papers

3rd International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology(PrivOn 2015)
at the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC)
October 11th-15th 2015, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Twitter: @privonws #privon2015


Bruce Schneier’s article “The Internet is a surveillance state” summarised the state of Internet privacy as “Welcome to an Internet without privacy, and we've ended up here with hardly a fight”. Later, Snowden shocked the world by revealing that the US National Security Agency (NSA) were tracking online communication in a large scale surveillance programme known as PRISM. This was quickly followed by revelations that other countries were running similar covert operations.

Last year, on the 25th anniversary of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee called on the world to take a stand against surveillance on the Web. He suggested to create a global digital bill of rights similar to the Magna Carta that can be used to safeguard privacy, limit censorship and protect against fragmentation of the Web.

With this workshop we aim at raising awareness that the technologies the community are working on have global societal consequences. Vice versa, our research can be guided by a Magna Carta for the Web. This year’s workshop aims to build on previous workshops, by capturing the intersection between society, policy and technology, by contributing to the foundations of a global digital bill of rights and investigating how we can technologically support these foundations.

Topics Of Interest

The topics of this workshop are different from previous workshops and events which were usually focused on technology and did not take into consideration societal events and trends. This workshop aims to capture the intersection between society, policy and technology, for example by contributing to the foundations of a global digital "bill of rights" similar to the Magna Carta as suggested by Tim Berners-Lee. Therefore we have structured the topics in three main areas as follows:

Society and privacy
-Case studies: what are the societal privacy implications of semantic technologies?
-What is the impact of semantic technologies on privacy in specific domains?
-What are appropriate societal conventions to protect privacy?
-What are desirable privacy situations?
-When do we want to control information flow?
-Privacy awareness in social communities
-What should a “Magna Carta for Data” look like?

Legal and policy perspective of privacy
-Managing personal information disclosure
-What laws support privacy management and enforcement?
-What new legislation might be necessary?
-Privacy legislation compliance
-How to influence policy making?
-How to synchronise policies of different legal domains?
-Personal data and the role of the data controller/processor

Technology perspective
-How can societal conventions be supported by technologies?
-Techniques for anonymity, pseudonymity and unlinkability
-Privacy implications of data integration and data linking
-Protecting against pattern/behaviour discovery and community mining
-Protecting against identity theft and data falsification
-Non-repudiation and digital signatures
-Usage control and accountability
-Data provenance and trustworthiness of knowledge sources

Format and Submission Procedure

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of papers and reports as well as position papers addressing different issues of the stated topics of interest. Research papers and reports (up to 16 pages) and position papers (up to 8 pages), must adhere to the LNCS Style. Papers must be submitted in PDF format through the workshop submission site at: Papers will be reviewed by the program committee and a limited number will be selected for presentation at the workshop. As per previous workshops we aim to publish the proceedings of the workshop online at CEUR-WS.

Important Dates

July 1, 2015 - Paper Submission Deadline
July 31, 2015 - Author Notifications
August 21, 2015 - Camera Ready Due
October 11-12, 2015 - PrivOn 2015 Workshop

Organising Committee

Stefan Decker,
Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland

Mathieu d'Aquin,
Knowledge Media Institute of the
Open University, United Kingdom

Christopher Brewster,
Aston University, United Kingdom

Sabrina Kirrane,
Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland /
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland

Program Committee

Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
Kerstin Forsberg, AstraZeneca, Sweden
RV Guha, Google
Lalana Kagal, CSAIL, MIT, Cambridge, United States
Alessandra Mileo, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland
Ian Niles, Microsoft
Enrico Motta, The Open University, UK
Ian Niles, Microsoft
Inah Omoronyia, University of Glasgow, UK
Alexandre Passant, Seevl, Ireland
Axel Polleres, Institute for Information Business, WU Wien, Austria
Ravi Sandhu, University of Texas at San Antonio, United States
Luigi Sauro, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II"
Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Maria Sokhn, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Sarah Spiekermann, Institute for Information Business of WU Wien
John Taysom, 2012 Senior Fellow ALI, Harvard University, UK
Keerthi Thomas,The Open University, UK
Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Daniel Weitzner, CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact or use the discussion facilities at the PrivOn Google Community.

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