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CFP: 1st International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - Policy and Technology (PrivOn 2013) at ISWC 2013

From: Kirrane, Sabrina <sabrina.kirrane@deri.org>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 09:55:49 +0100
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1st International Workshop on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web - 
Policy and Technology (PrivOn 2013)
at the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC)
October 21st-25th, 2013, Sydney, Australia

Twitter: @privonws #privon2013


Bruce Schneier's recent article "The Internet is a surveillance state" 
summarises the state of Internet privacy in its concluding paragraphs:
"So, we're done. Welcome to a world where Google knows exactly what sort 
of porn you all like, and more about your interests than your spouse 
does. Welcome to a world where your cell phone company knows exactly 
where you are all the time. Welcome to the end of private conversations, 
because increasingly your conversations are conducted by e­mail, text, 
or social networking sites. And welcome to a world where all of this, 
and everything else that you do or is done on a computer, is saved, 
correlated, studied, passed around from company to company without your 
knowledge or consent; and where the government accesses it at will 
without a warrant. Welcome to an Internet without privacy, and we've 
ended up here with hardly a fight."

While Schneier's article indicates his opinion, we see supporting 
evidence all around us. It is time to accept reality and think about 
implications and necessary actions. It is time to open our eyes, to 
review the situation we are in, to identify the societal and economic 
forces at work ­ on a national and international level ­and define a way 
forward as a society.

We (the Semantic Web community) are responsible for the conception of 
technologies that enable large scale integration and mining of personal 
and public information in all domains of society. This brings 
unprecedented advantages, assists humans, organisations and systems with 
problem solving, enables innovation and increases productivity. It makes 
everything more transparent. However this transparency comes at a price: 
the loss of our privacy. There has been growing awareness within the 
community of the need to address privacy and security concerns. To date 
the focus has been on researching specific privacy and security models 
and frameworks, for example for access control, obfuscation, 
anonymization, aggregation, licensing, etc. However we are "putting the 
cart before the horse", we need to identify clear privacy and security 
requirements before proposing technical solutions.

With this workshop we aim at the following goals:
* First, raise awareness that the technologies the community are working 
on have global societal consequences. Vice versa, our research can be 
guided by determining a road map for desirable privacy goals. We aim to 
determine first steps towards identifying desirable goals.
* Second, raise awareness of interconnections between the different 
communities that are involved in Web privacy and security ­ e.g., policy 
makers, users, social sciences and computer scientists and provide a 
platform for interconnection and communication.
* Third, determine the next steps that need to be conducted in order to 
broaden the level of engagement between the relevant parties


Topics Of Interest

The topics of this workshop are different from previous workshops and 
events, which were usually focused on technology. This workshop aims to 
capture the intersection between society, policy and technology. 
Therefore we structure the topics in three main areas as follows.

Society and privacy
* Case studies: what are the societal privacy implications of semantic 
* What is the impact of semantic technologies on privacy in specific 
* What are appropriate societal conventions to protect privacy?
* What are desirable privacy situations?
* When do we want to control information flow?
* Privacy awareness in social communities

Legal and policy perspective of privacy
* Managing personal information disclosure
* What laws support privacy management and enforcement?
* What new legislation might be necessary?
* Privacy legislation compliance
* How to influence policy making?
* How to synchronise policies of different legal domains?
* Personal data and the role of the data controller/processor

Technology perspective
* How can societal conventions be supported by technologies?
* Anonymity and identity discovery
* Techniques for anonymity, pseudonymity and unlinkability
* Privacy implications of data integration and data linking
* Protecting against pattern/behaviour discovery and community mining
* Protecting against data falsification
* Non-repudiation and digital signatures
* Usage control and accountability
* Data provenance and trustworthiness of knowledge sources

You can also join our discussion page to make suggestions, and 
coordinate the discussion pre-workshop.


Format and Submission Procedure

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of papers and reports 
as well as position papers addressing different issues of the stated 
topics of interest.

Papers and reports should not be not longer than 12 pages using the LNCS 
Style. Papers and report contributions should be prepared in PDF format 
and should be submitted (no later than July 12th, 2013) through the 
workshop submission site at: 

Position contributions are accepted as position posts or position videos 
in the associated PrivOn Google Community. Position contributions should 
not exceed 1000 words and should be handled according to the guidelines 
for technical papers as much as possible. Position videos should not 
exceed 5 minutes.

Papers and reports will be reviewed and a limited number of those will 
be selected for presentation.

Position contributions that generate interesting discussions in the 
Google Community will be selected for short presentations. Position 
statements may be used to select participants based on available 
capacity to ensure an heterogeneous audience during the Workshop.


Important Dates

July 12, 2013 : Paper Submission Deadline
August 9, 2013 : Notification of Accepted Technical Papers (and Position 
September 9, 2013 : Final Version Due
October 21st or 22nd, 2013 : PrivOn 2013 Workshop


Organising Committee

Stefan Decker, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
Web: http://www.stefandecker.org

Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Email: last@cs.rpi.edu
Web: http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~hendler/

Sabrina Kirrane, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
Web: http://www.sabrinakirrane.com/

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact 
Sabrina.Kirrane@deri.org or use the discussion facilities at the PrivOn 
Google Community.
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