First call for papers

WHOLES – A Multiple View of Individual Privacy in a Networked World

Stockholm, Sweden, January 30-31, 2004

Workshop Web site:

With this workshop, we seek to explore interdisciplinary approaches to helping individuals in managing their privacy in the context of emerging information technologies. We are particularly interested in usability and applicability aspects of this theme. We also seek to learn how different perspectives may be combined to produce a deeper understanding of the is­sues. Privacy may from a scientific perspective be an intangible concept, but is nevertheless es­sential to us all and is an important motivational factor as we continuously make choices about how to act and what to say. Throughout history, there has been a huge variation in the way privacy has been understood and the strategies people have used to protect themselves. As with all ma­jor changes in society, emerging information technologies are about to reshape the concept yet again. Technological innovations for communication, business, entertainment, and so forth, ef­fectively permeate many activities in our everyday lives – something that directly changes the preconditions for how we deal with privacy.

The main goal of the workshop is to create a forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge among researchers and developers concerned with multi-disciplinary aspects of pri­vacy in the context of emerging information technologies. We hope that the workshop will serve to foster the development of an international community interested in the themes of this workshop.

Workshop format

This two-day workshop will be divided into four sequential sessions with presentations and plenty of room for discussions. The workshop will also include two invited speaker sessions, with talks by Dr. Batya Friedman and Dr. Herbert Burkert.


Potential participants need to submit a short paper of 5-7 pages describing ongoing research in an area within the scope of the workshop. Submissions are expected to stimulate multi-disciplinary discussions within the workshop theme. Since space is limited, only authors of accepted submissions will be invited to participate at the workshop. The accepted submissions will be included in the workshop proceedings and made available to the participants prior to the event on the workshop Web site. Please submit your contribution no later than October 31, 2003 by email to


The workshop will explore privacy in the intersection of information technologies, law, political choices, public opinions, etc., and thus, a wide range of topics is conceivable. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

       Privacy in ubiquitous, pervasive, and ambient computing

       Legal models for regulating privacy

       Anonymity and pseudonymity as means for protecting privacy

       Privacy implications in user modeling, personalization, and adaptive interaction

       Informed consent as a legal and technical means for protecting privacy

       Privacy, conflicting values, and political choices

       Relationships between privacy and security

       Privacy implications in context awareness and context representation

       Relationships between privacy and trust

       Personal privacy with regard to public records

       Privacy in public spaces

Important Dates and Deadlines

       Deadline for submission: October 31, 2003.

       Notification of acceptance/rejection: November 14, 2003.

Organizing Committee

Helena Andersson (

University of Stockholm, Law and Informatics Research Institute

Markus Bylund (

Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Kristina Höök (

University of Stockholm, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences

Anders R Olsson (

Independent author and journalist

Olle Olsson (

Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Peter Seipel (

University of Stockholm, Law and Informatics Research Institute

Gunnar Sjödin (

Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Program Committee

Herbert Burkert, Univ. of S:t Gallen

Markus Bylund, Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Paul Dourish, University of California, Irvine, School of Information & Computer Science

Batya Friedman, University of Washington, Information School

Kristina Höök, University of Stockholm, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences

Erik Nilsson, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

Peter Seipel, University of Stockholm, Law and Informatics Research Institute

Matthias Schunter, IBM Zurich Research Lab

Rigo Wenning, World Wide Web Consortium


Markus Bylund (

Swedish Institute of Computer Science

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