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WPES 2018 : Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society


Conference Series : Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society
When Oct 15, 2018 - Oct 15, 2018
Where Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline Jul 25, 2018
Notification Due Aug 17, 2018
Final Version Due Aug 21, 2018
Categories    computer security   privacy   surveillance   anonymity

Call For Papers


2018 Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society
(WPES 2018)
Toronto, Canada - October 15, 2018

The Information Revolution has thoroughly transformed society. One of the major implications of this technological shift has been a massive increase in the collection, sharing, and analysis of personal data. The goal of this workshop is to discuss the privacy problems that result as well as their solutions. This will be the 17th occurrence of this annual forum, which is held in conjunction with the ACM CCS conference (

The workshop seeks submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all theoretical and practical aspects of electronic privacy, as well as experimental studies of fielded systems. We encourage submissions from other communities such as law and business that present these communities' perspectives on technological issues. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- attacks on data privacy
- bias and fairness in machine learning
- biometrics privacy
- blockchain and cryptocurrency privacy
- communication privacy
- data anonymization
- data-protection schemes
- data security
- deanonymization
- definitions of privacy
- economics of privacy
- hardware side channels
- human rights and privacy
- Internet of Things privacy
- location privacy
- machine-learning privacy
- medical privacy
- mobile-device privacy
- privacy and digital identity
- private data analysis
- privacy-enhancing technologies
- privacy policies
- privacy threats
- private data publishing
- social-network privacy
- usable privacy technologies
- user profiling
- Web privacy


Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Regular submissions should be at most 12 pages in the ACM double-column format ( excluding bibliography and well-marked appendices. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, and so the paper should be intelligible without them. Submissions should be anonymized. The workshop will also consider short submissions of up to 4 pages for results that are preliminary or that simply require few pages to describe. Authors of regular submitted papers will indicate at the time of submission whether they would like their paper to also be considered for publication as a short paper (4 proceedings pages).

Submissions are to be made on EasyChair ( You will be requested to upload the file of your paper (in PDF format only). Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Papers must be received by the deadline of July 25, 2018 to be considered. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to authors by August 17, 2018. The camera ready must be prepared by August 21, 2018. Proceedings of the workshop will be published by ACM on a CD, available to the workshop attendees. Papers will be included in the ACM Digital Library, with a specific ISBN. Each accepted paper must be presented by an author, who will have to be registered by the early-bird registration deadline.


Paper Submission due: July 25, 2018 (11:59 PM American Samoa Time), firm deadline
Notification to authors: August 17, 2018
Camera ready due: August 21, 2018


Aaron Johnson U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA

BACKUP CHAIR (handling conflicts)
Ryan Henry University of Calgary, Canada


Sadia Afroz International Computer Science Institute, USA
Aylin Caliskan Princeton University, USA
Eric Chan-Tin Loyola University, USA
George Danezis University College London, United Kingdom
Anupam Das Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Simson Garfinkel U.S. Census Bureau, USA
Cesar Ghali Google, USA
Xi He Duke University, USA & University of Waterloo, Canada
Ryan Henry University of Calgary, Canada
Nicholas Hopper University of Minnesota, USA
Suman Jana Columbia University, USA
Limin Jia Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Marc Juarez KU Leuven, Belgium
Murat Kantarcioglu University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Apu Kapadia Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Aniket Kate Purdue University, USA
Stefan Katzenbeisser Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Florian Kerschbaum University of Waterloo, Canada
Albert Kwon MIT, USA
Peeter Laud Cybernetica, Estonia
Ada Lerner Wellesley College, USA
Yifang Li Clemson University, USA
Changchang Liu IBM Research & Princeton University, USA
Wouter Lueks EPFL, Switzerland
Allison Mankin Salesforce & IRTF, USA
Piotr Mardziel Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Travis Mayberry U.S. Naval Academy, USA
Jonathan Mayer Princeton University, USA
Sebastian Meiser University College London, United Kingdom
Ian Miers Cornell Tech, USA
Aziz Mohaisen University of Central Florida, USA
Pedro Moreno-Sanchez Purdue University, USA
Shirin Nilizadeh Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, USA
Rishab Nithyanand Data & Society Research Institute, USA
Andriy Panchenko Brandenburg Technical University, Germany
Indrakshi Ray Colorado State University, USA
Joel Reardon University of Calgary, Canada
Kui Ren State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Alfredo Rial University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Max Schuchard University of Tennessee , USA
Aaron Segal Google, USA
Zubair Shafiq University of Iowa, USA
Mahmood Sharif Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Paul Syverson U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Wajih Ul Hassan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Eugene Vasserman Kansas State University, USA
Tao Wang Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
Susanne Wetzel Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Christo Wilson Northeastern University, USA
Arkady Yerukhimovich MIT Lincoln Laboratory & George Washington University, USA
Nan Zhang Penn State University, USA


Sabrina De Capitani di Vimercati Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Sushil Jajodia George Mason University, USA
Pierangela Samarati (Chair) Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Paul Syverson U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA

This call for papers and additional information about the conference
can be found at ( If you have any questions, please contact the program chair at (

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