SOUPS 2021 Call for Workshops Submissions

The Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021) will be co-located with the 30th USENIX Security Symposium and will be held as a virtual event on August 8–10, 2021.

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association.

Important Dates

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

  • Workshop paper submission deadline: Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification to authors: Monday, June 21, 2021
  • Workshop final papers due: Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Tutorials and Workshops Co-Chairs

Katharina Krombholz, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, University of Waterloo

Tutorials and Workshops Junior Co-Chair

Imani Sherman, University of Florida

Workshop Schedule

Please check each workshop's website for the specific program schedule.

6th Workshop on Inclusive Privacy and Security (WIPS 2021)

Security and privacy challenges confront all participants in modern society, but particular groups may experience unique or uneven privacy and security concerns. These groups may face distinctive obstacles to addressing issues, and their particular needs and concerns may not be well understood beyond those groups. Traditionally, inclusive design has addressed physical accessibility as well as needs arising from age, disability, or environment. While this work remains critical, our community also increasingly recognizes the importance of accounting for the needs of vulnerable users and marginalized groups. The workshop deliberately avoids any concrete definitions of what "vulnerable" means in this context. We encourage a diverse discussion of groups and situations, without prejudice.

In this workshop, we explore the privacy and security experiences and needs of vulnerable user groups (and affected non-users). We are also interested in populations or roles in our society (e.g., lawyers, journalists, politicians, activists, medical providers) that support and/or affect the lives of vulnerable individuals. We will endeavor to uncover new ways of taking a more inclusive approach to appreciating and addressing privacy and security challenges. We also seek to identify the unintended harms that can result from privacy and security technology.

The objectives of our workshop are as follows:

  1. To broaden participants' awareness of diverse privacy and security concerns.
  2. To map out fundamental research questions for the emerging field of inclusive privacy and security.
  3. To share and compile design guidelines and best practices that are relevant to inclusive design.
  4. To form collaborations among researchers in this space.

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Security for XR and XR for Security (VR4Sec 2021)

Augmented and Virtual Reality (XR) technologies are finding their way into users' everyday life. Contexts of use are home entertainment or professional collaboration, among others. The increasing interest in XR technology raises a need for the community to focus more strongly on XR aspects related to usable security and privacy. Additionally, XR technologies provide promising opportunities to study usable security and privacy topics that exist or emerge in the real world in a simulated manner. However, it remains relatively unexplored which research challenges and opportunities arise out of XR technology used in a variety of different contexts.

In this workshop, we will bring together experts from the fields of usable security, augmented/virtual reality, and human-computer interaction as well as people interested in these topics to discuss current challenges and derive promising research directions that can inform and augment security and privacy research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • User Authentication or User Identification Methods in AR/VR
  • Behavioral Biometrics for AR/VR
  • Understanding Privacy Aspects of AR/VR Applications
  • Conducting Security and/or Privacy-related Research in AR/VR
  • Privacy and Security Lessons Learned from AR/VR Experiences
  • VR/AR for Privacy and Security Education

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Usable and Delightful? An Exploration of User Experience (UX) in Security and Privacy

User experience (UX) focuses on the emotional, subjective, and temporal dimensions of users’ interaction with systems that take into account hedonic and pragmatic qualities of experience. UX considers users’ whole experience interacting with systems before, during, after, and over time. Usable privacy and security (UPS) researchers have utilized various human-centered research methods and tools to understand user behavior and design interventions to help reduce risk-taking behaviors.

Our objective is to expand the UPS researchers’ UX toolkit for understanding and designing secure experiences. Through a series of asynchronous and synchronous tutorials, discussions, and hands-on activities, we will introduce you to a set of UX methods and tools prevalent in the UX domain and have not been widely applied in UPS research.

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7th Workshop on Security Information Workers (WSIW 2021)

The human element is often considered the weakest element in security. Although many kinds of humans interact with systems that are designed to be secure, one particular type of human is especially important, the security and privacy information workers who develop, use, and manipulate privacy and security-related information and data as a significant part of their jobs. Security/privacy information workers include:

  • Software developers, who design and build software that manages and protects sensitive information;
  • Security and system administrators, who deploy and manage security-sensitive software and hardware systems;
  • IT professionals whose decisions have impact on end users' security and privacy;
  • Intelligence analysts, who collect and analyze data about security matters to understand information and make predictions;
  • Security consultants and educators, who provide guidance to individuals and organizations on practicing good security behaviors and implementing security technologies; and
  • Privacy engineers and professionals, who ensure that privacy considerations are built into products and who help develop privacy policies

This workshop aims to develop and stimulate discussion about security information workers. We will consider topics including but not limited to:

  • Empirical studies of security/privacy information workers, including case studies, experiments, field studies, and surveys;
  • New tools designed to assist security/privacy information workers;
  • Infrastructure for better understanding security/privacy information workers;
  • Information visualization and other techniques designed to help security/privacy information workers do their jobs;
  • Evaluations of tools and techniques for security/privacy information workers

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Who Are You!? Adventures in Authentication (WAY 2021)

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and industry to share experiences, concerns, and ideas about known and new authentication techniques.

The 7th Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop (WAY 2021), will take place in August 2021, as a virtual event. The program will include refereed paper presentations and feature talks from industry experts who will discuss authentication as it applies to industry practices.

The goal of this workshop is to explore authentication-related topics across a broad range of contexts, including enterprise systems, personal systems, and especially mobile and embedded systems (such as healthcare, smart home, IoT, and wearable systems). WAY provides an informal and interdisciplinary setting at the intersection of security, psychological, and behavioral science. WAY fosters a supportive and constructive environment for sharing ideas and giving feedback.

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