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[liberationtech] Call for Talks: HotPETs 2017: 10th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (Deadline 8.5.)

Moritz Bartl bartl at
Thu Apr 27 09:47:14 PDT 2017

10th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
(HotPETs 2017)
Held in conjunction with the 17th Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Symposium (PETS) in Minneapolis, USA
July 21, 2017 (Submission Deadline: May 8th)

HotPETs Keynote Speaker - Josh Aas

How We'll Encrypt the Web
It's critical that we create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web by
moving all websites to HTTPS. I'll talk about a practical technical plan
for getting there as quickly as possible, including the role that Let's
Encrypt has to play, how Let's Encrypt works, and challenges we've
faced. I hope to leave people feeling optimistic about moving the Web to
HTTPS, and with a better sense of what they can do to help.

Speaker Bio
Josh Aas is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Internet Security
Research Group (ISRG), the non-profit organization behind the Let's
Encrypt certificate authority. Before ISRG and Let's Encrypt, Josh spent
more than a decade as an engineer and strategist with Mozilla.

The Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs)
fosters new ideas and spirited debates on privacy. We are calling for
engaging and informative 10-15 minute talks on hot topics in privacy
enhancing technologies (PETs), with each talk to be followed by a 5-10
minute question period. Short, written talk proposals should be sent by
May 8th, 2017, to hotpets17 at (details below). The nature
of HotPETs' discussion-oriented format is especially suited to works in
progress and new ideas that have not yet been fully formed.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

 *  Anonymous communications and publishing systems
 *  Censorship resistance
 *  Challenges in deploying PETs
 *  Cryptographic protocols with application to privacy
 *  Economics of PETs
 *  Genetic privacy
 *  Human computer interaction with PETs
 *  Impact of PETs in the wild
 *  Interdisciplinary privacy
 *  Legal issues surrounding PETs
 *  Location privacy
 *  Online surveillance
 *  Privacy and identity management
 *  Privacy-enhanced access control and authentication
 *  Privacy in databases
 *  Privacy in social networks
 *  Public policy regulating the use and development of PETs
 *  Usability of PETs
 *  User studies of PETs

Who should submit:

We invite submissions from activists, artists, developers, journalists,
lawyers, public servants, researchers, scholars, and any others who can
give a compelling, novel talk about privacy and privacy-enhancing
technologies. PETS and HotPETS attract world-renowned experts on the
research, development, and practice of PETs. If you are excited to give
a talk to such a group, and you think they would be excited to hear it,
then you should submit. Some example talks:

 *  Researcher describing recent research results or a work in progress,
especially on a novel or newly-important topic in privacy or security
 *  Experiences from an activist working with PETs "on the ground"
 *  Software developer describing a recent experience with a
privacy-enhancing tool they built
 *  Government official discussing interactions between technology and
the development of privacy or security-related policy

What to submit:

We invite two-page talk proposals that give an overview of what you
intend to present, including any results or conclusions you intend to
share. HotPETs strives for engaging talks and focused discussions, and
so proposals should display exciting ideas that can be communicated
clearly and with brevity.

We encourage you to link to additional sources of your work (e.g.,
software, videos, websites, papers) within your proposal. The HotPETs
chairs will strive to incorporate these additional sources into the
review process, although full review of material beyond what is
contained in the submission text is not guaranteed.

A proposal must include a title and a list of authors responsible for
the work to be presented (one of whom must give the talk). It must be no
more than two pages including references. It must be submitted as a Word
or PDF document, and we recommend that proposals use either this Word
template or this LaTeX template. For detailed information on using these
templates, see the ACM SIG Proceedings templates.

HotPETs has no official proceedings, but accepted submissions will be
made available on the HotPETs website (authors may revise them after
acceptance). Authors may have the option to include talk-related
resources, such as slides or software, on the HotPETs website. With
speaker consent, recordings of HotPETs talks may be made during the
workshop and put online.

Submission Review:

The HotPETs chairs will review the submissions and make the final
decisions on acceptance. The chairs may request external input or advice
to make fully informed decisions.

The chairs will seek to accept submissions that have the potential to
create an engaging workshop for speakers and attendees. Accepted
submissions may include those that provoke interesting discussion,
provide unique insight or value to the PETs community, share new and
emerging PETs-related research, and have the potential to expand
engagement between the PETs community and PETs users.

The chairs seek submissions that are complete and concise. They should
provide a full overview of the proposed talk, including (if available)
any conclusions or findings that are to be presented.

HotPETs Best Talk Award:

A goal of HotPETs is to present talks that are informative, engaging,
and even entertaining. To recognize such talks, each year HotPETs
concludes with a vote by the audience for its favorite talk. The talk
with the most votes wins the Best Talk Award!

Submission Deadline: May 8th
Submission Notification: May 15th

HotPETs chairs:

 *  Sadia Afroz (ICSI /UC Berkeley)
 *  Moritz Bartl (Renewable Freedom Foundation)
 *  Tariq Elahi (KU Leuven)

Send submissions or questions to hotpets17 at

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