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PrivOn 2016 : 4th International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology @ ISWC2016


When Oct 17, 2016 - Oct 18, 2016
Where Kobe, Japan
Submission Deadline Jul 7, 2016
Notification Due Jul 31, 2016
Final Version Due Aug 7, 2016
Categories    privacy   semantic web   linked data   policy

Call For Papers

4th International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology (PrivOn 2016)
October 17th-18th, 2016, Kobe, Japan
Twitter: @privonws #privon2016


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 revealed that the NSA was tracking online communication in a large-scale surveillance programme. This was followed by revelations that other countries were running similar covert operations. On the 25th anniversary of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee called on the world to take a stand against surveillance and suggested the creation of a global digital bill of rights.

Since last years workshop privacy continues to make headline news. Autumn, saw the collapse of the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement, which resulted in legal uncertainty regarding transatlantic data exchange and in December, the new EU Data Protection Regulation was finally completed, after years of discussion involving parliamentarians, lobbyists and activists.

This workshop aims to raise awareness that the technologies our community are working on have global societal consequences and, vice versa, our research can be guided by social, economic and legal privacy requirements. This year’s workshop will build on previous workshops, by investigating the privacy implications of semantic technology and also how the technology can be used to develop privacy preservation tools.

Topics Of Interest

This workshop aims to capture the intersection between society, policy and technology, by examining the privacy implications and opportunities of semantic technologies. We welcome submissions on (but not restricted to) the following topics:
-Surveillance, tracking and semantic technologies
-What should a “Magna Carta for Data” look like?
-What societal conventions are necessary to protect privacy and how can
they be supported by semantic technologies?
-What are the economic incentives for privacy preserving semantic tools?
-What impact does privacy legislation have on Linked Data and semantic technologies?
-Synchronisation of policies from different legal domains
-Semantic tools for monitoring and enforcing privacy and data protection laws
-Managing personal information disclosure in semantic environments
-Techniques for anonymity, pseudonymity and unlinkability in linked and semantic data
-Dealing with inference in private, sensitive or confidential data
-Protecting against pattern/behaviour discovery and community mining
-Protecting against identity theft and data falsification
-Encryption together with linked and semantic data
-Digital signatures together with linked and semantic data
-Data transparency and user consent on the Web of Data
-Data provenance and trustworthiness of knowledge sources
-Semantic technology and privacy by design
-Semantic technology and privacy impact assessments
-Privacy challenges arising from Linked Open Data
-Case Studies: Impact of semantic technologies on privacy in specific domain

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. We aim to publish the proceedings of the workshop online at CEUR-WS.

Important Dates

July 7, 2016 - Paper submission deadline
July 31, 2016 - Author notifications
August 7, 2016 - Camera ready due
October 17-18, 2016 - PrivOn 2016 Workshop

Organising Committee

Christopher Brewster, TNO, Amsterdam

Michelle Cheatham, Wright State University, USA Web:

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

Stefan Decker, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Sabrina Kirrane, Vienna University of Business and Economics

Program Committee

-Piero Bonatti, Universita di Napoli Federico II, Italy
-Pompeu Casanovas,Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, ​​Spain
-David Corsar, University of Aberdeen, UK
-Luca Costabello, Fujitsu, Ireland
-Philippe Cudré- Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
-Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy
-Tim Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
-Kristine Gloria, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), USA
-RV Guha, Google, USA
-Vinay Gupta, Etheruem/Consensys, UK
-Harry Halpin, W3C/INRIA, France
-Benjamin Heitmann, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
-Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University, USA
-Shinsaku Kiyomoto, Information Security Laboratory, Japan
-Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, USA
-Ian Niles, Microsoft, USA
-Inah Omoronyia, University of Glasgow, UK
-Axel Polleres, Institute for Information Business of WU, Austria
-Víctor Rodríguez Doncel, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
-Harald Sack, University of Potsdam, Germany
-Ravi Sandhu, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
-Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
-Jetzabel Serna, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business and Multilateral Security, Germany
-Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton Highfield, UK
-Sarah Spiekermann, Institute for Management Information Systems, WU, Austria
-Keerthi Thomas, The Open University, UK
-Bert Van Nuffelen, Tenforce, Belgium
-Aad Versteden, Versteden Tenforce, Belgium
-Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
-Daniel Weitzner, CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
-Rigo Wenning, W3C, France

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact

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