Call for Papers: 2nd Workshop on Inclusive Privacy and Security (WIPS 2017)

Privacy and Security for Everyone, Anytime, Anywhere

In cooperation with USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, SOUPS 2017 will be co-located with the 2017 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, July 12–14, 2017.

Important Dates

All dates are at 23:59 AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time.

  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 Deadline Extended!
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Friday, June 9, 2017
  • Workshop camera-ready papers due: Sunday, June 18, 2017
  • Workshop date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Submission Information

Workshop Organizers

Workshop Co-Chairs

Yang Wang, Syracuse University
Lynne Coventry, Northumbria University

Scope and Focus

Many privacy and security solutions are designed for and evaluated with a narrow range of users (e.g., technology literate, people without disabilities), and the solutions make assumptions about the environment and the user interaction capabilities (e.g., keyboard, mouse, touch screen, audio, camera). However, these solutions (e.g., authentication, CAPTCHAs, anti-phishing tools) are used by a wide variety of people, and in varied situations. While there are accessible and environment-aware solutions, they are often targeted at specific disability conditions (e.g., vision impairment), sometimes at a situational deficiency (e.g., text entry on a moving train) but hardly ever do solutions consider out-of-the ordinary needs (e.g. when in an abusive relationship or a journalist protecting their sources may have a requirement to appear open while maintaining hidden privacy). In general, marginalized groups and situational impairments are under-represented when designing privacy and security solutions. To make these solutions more inclusive, we need to take into consideration the various disability conditions and situational impairments.

We observe that the effects of situational impairments, when people are unable to perform a task due to environmental or other factors related to the current situation, overlap with groups who have generally been marginalized. Privacy and security techniques that benefit one group may very well assist the other group. The marginalized groups of people and those with situational impairments struggle with privacy and security technology. The result is a greater impact on their ability to focus on their primary tasks (web-based email, online banking, driving, surgery, etc.).

The goals of this workshop are as follows:

  1. To learn about the experiences and requirements of marginalized groups (e.g., people with various disability conditions, young people, older people, technology neophytes, immigrants, abuse victims) and situational impairments (e.g., dark rooms, noisy locations, in motion or in vibrating environments, in stressful situations, when performing a task involving cognitive load).
  2. To share studies of privacy and security solutions to assist these groups.
  3. To explore and develop potential directions towards designing solutions for everyone, anytime and anywhere.

This workshop will be of interest to researchers and practitioners who are interested in building privacy and security solutions that are inclusive for people with disabilities and/or situational impairments.


We are soliciting short papers (< 3 pages) for presentation:

  1. Previously published results (submit < 1 page summary)
  2. Works-in-progress that evaluate current privacy or security solutions with respect to accessibility or situational impairment
  3. Proposals of solutions for specific impairments, or generalizable to support a wide range of groups or operational environments
  4. Studies on the needs and experiences of marginalized groups, or for certain situational impairments
  5. Position papers on the current state-of-the-art approaches for better addressing accessibility challenges and/or situational impairments in privacy and/or security solutions

Submissions should be made via the Web submission form. Questions about the workshop, including submissions, should be sent to the workshop organizers.