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PrivOn 2017 : Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology


When Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
Where Vienna, Austria
Submission Deadline Jul 21, 2017
Notification Due Aug 24, 2017
Final Version Due Sep 7, 2017
Categories    privacy   policy   semantic web   linked data

Call For Papers

5th International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web Policy and Technology (PrivOn 2017) at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2017 October 21st-25th, 2017, Vienna, Austria
Twitter: @privonws #privon2017


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, followed by revelations that other countries were running similar covert operations.

Autumn 2015 saw the collapse of the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement, which resulted in legal uncertainty regarding transatlantic data exchange, while April 2016 saw the ratification of the the new EU Data Protection Regulation, which will come into being in May 2018, after years of discussion involving parliamentarians, lobbyists and activists. On the 28th anniversary of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee sent a widely spread open letter warning of the devastating effect of losing control over personal data and the spread of misinformation, especially on the political scene.

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 exploring how the technology can be used to support privacy preservation.

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 domains

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 21, 2017 - Paper submission deadline
August 24, 2017 - Author notifications
September 7, 2017 - Camera ready due
October 21 & 22, 2017 - PrivOn 2017 Workshop

Organising Committee

Christopher Brewster, TNO, Amsterdam

Michelle Cheatham, Wright State University, USA

Mathieu d'Aquin, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland

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
-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
-Harry Halpin, W3C/INRIA, France
-Benjamin Heitmann, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, Germany
-Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University, USA
-Shinsaku Kiyomoto, Information Security Laboratory, KDDI Research Inc., Japan
-Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, USA
-Alessandra Mileo, Insight Center for Data Analytics, Ireland
-Ian Niles, Microsoft, USA
-Inah Omoronyia, University of Glasgow, UK
-Axel Polleres, Institute for Information Business of WU, Austria
-Harald Sack, University of Potsdam, Germany
-Ravi Sandhu, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
-Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
-Simon Steyskal, Institute for Information Business of WU, Austria
-Jetzabel Serna, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business and Multilateral Security, Germany
-Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton Highfield, UK
-Keerthi Thomas, The Open University, UK
-Bert Van Nuffelen, Tenforce, Belgium
-Evelyne Viegas, Microsoft, USA
-Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
-Rigo Wenning, W3C, France


For questions regarding the workshop, please contact

Postdoctoral researcher,
Institute for Information Business and
Institute for Management Information Systems,
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Tel: +43-1-31336-4494
E-mail: sabrina.kirrane [at]

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