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Second USENIX Workshop on Electronic Commerce

The Second Workshop on Electronic Commerce

November 18-20, 1996
Claremont Hotel & Resort
Oakland, CA

Sponsored by the USENIX Association
Co-Sponsored by Fisher Center for Information Technology Management, UC Berkeley, and the School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley

Important Date

Camera-ready final papers due: October 7, 1996

Program Chair: Doug Tygar

Preliminary Program Committee
Ross Anderson (Cambridge University)
Nathaniel Borenstein (First Virtual Holdings, Inc.)
Stefan Brands (CWI)
Dan Geer (Open Market, Inc.)
Mark Manasse (DEC Systems Research Center)
Clifford Neuman (University of Southern California)
Hal Varian (University of California, Berkeley)
Bennet Yee (University of California, San Diego)


The Second Workshop on Electronic Commerce will provide a major opportunity for researchers, experimenters, and practitioners in this rapidly self-defining field to exchange ideas and present results of their work. This meeting will set the technical agenda for work in the area of Electronic Commerce by examining urgent questions, discovering directions in which answers might be pursued, and revealing cross-connections that otherwise might go unnoticed.


The Workshop will begin with a day of tutorials. The tutorial program will offer a selection of tutorials from among several tracks on such topics as cryptography and security.

Workshop Topics

Two days of technical sessions will follow the tutorials. Submissions are welcome for technical and position paper presentations, reports of work-in-progress, technology debates, and identification of new open problems. Birds-of-a-Feather sessions in the evenings and a keynote speaker will round out the program. We seek papers that will address a wide range of issues and ongoing developments, including, but not limited to:

Advertising			Anonymous transactions      
Auditability			Business issues         
Copy protection			Credit/Debit/Cash models
Cryptographic security  	Customer service            
Digital money			E-mail enabled business
EDI 				Electronic libraries
Electronic wallets      	Exception handling
Hardware-enabled commerce 	Identity verification
Internet/WWW integration    	Key management
Legal and policy issues 	Micro-transactions
Negotiations			Privacy
Proposed systems 		Protocols
Reliability 			Reports on existing systems
Rights management 		Service guarantees
Services vs. digital goods 	Settlement

Questions regarding a topic's relevance to the workshop may be addressed to the program chair via electronic mail to Proceedings of the workshop will be published by USENIX and will be provided free to technical session attendees; additional copies will be available for purchase from USENIX.

What to Submit

Technical paper submissions and proposals for panels must be received by July 16, 1996. We welcome submissions of the following type:

(1) Refereed Papers - Full papers or extended abstracts should be 5 to 20 pages, not counting references and figures.

(2) Panel proposals - Proposals should be 3 to 7 pages, together with a list of names of potential panelists. If accepted, the proposer must secure the participation of panelists, and the proposer will be asked to prepare a 3 to 7 page summary of panel issues for inclusion in the Proceedings. This summary can include position statements by panel participants.

Please accompany each submission by a cover letter stating the paper title and authors along with the name of the person who will act as the contact to the program committee. Please include a surface mail address, daytime and evening phone number, and, if available, an email address and fax number for the contact person. If all of the authors are students, please indicate that in the cover letter for award consideration (see "Awards" below).

USENIX workshops, like most conferences and journals, require that papers not be submitted simultaneously to more than one conference or publication and that submitted papers not be previously or subsequently published elsewhere. Submissions accompanied by "non- disclosure agreement" forms are not acceptable and will be returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.


The program committee will offer awards of $500 for the best paper and the best student paper.

Where to Submit

Please send submissions to the program committee via one of the following methods. All submissions will be acknowledged.

  • Preferred Method: email (Postscript):

    Authors should ensure that their papers will print on a broad range of postscript printers and submit in sufficient time to allow us to contact the author about alternative delivery mechanisms in the event of network failure.

  • Alernate Method: 10 copies, via postal delivery to:

Doug Tygar (program chair)
Computer Science Dept, CMU
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891
Fax: +1-412-268-5576

If you have questions on the format of submissions or about the workshop, please telephone the USENIX Association office at +1 510 528-8649, or email to or the program chair (

An electronic version of this Call for Papers is available at WWW URL:

Registration Information

Materials containing all details of the technical and tutorial programs, registration fees and forms and hotel information will be available in September 1996. If you wish to receive the registration materials, please contact USENIX at:

USENIX Conference Office
22672 Lambert Street, Suite 613
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: 714 588 8649
Fax: 714 588 9706

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