Background and goals
We are inviting contributions to this Summer School from students who are at the stage of preparing a master or a PhD thesis as well as young researchers and practitioners. The school is interactive in character, and is composed of plenary lectures and workshops based around Master/PhD students’ presentations. The principle is to encourage young academic and industry entrants to the privacy and identity management world to share their own ideas, build up a collegial relationship with others, gain experience in making presentations, and potentially publish a paper through the resulting book proceedings.
This Summer School is a joint effort between the IFIP Working Groups 9.2, 9.6/11.7, 11.6, and Special Interest Group 9.2.2, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the European Union (EU) H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project, “Privacy & Us”, and other European and national projects. The 2017 IFIP Summer School will bring together junior and senior researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines to discuss important questions concerning privacy and identity management and related issues in a global environment subject to change. This Summer School is not a “taught course”: it does enable, however, students to gain credit points for presenting and attending, and their paper to be considered as a candidate for a Best Paper award.
The Summer School takes a holistic approach to society and technology and supports interdisciplinary exchange through keynote and plenary lectures, tutorials, workshops, and research paper presentations. In particular, participants’ contributions that combine technical, legal, regulatory, socio-economic, social or societal, political, ethical, anthropological, philosophical, historical, or psychological perspectives are welcome. The interdisciplinary character of the work is fundamental to the School.
The research paper presentations and the workshops focus on involving students, and on encouraging the publication of high-quality, thorough, research papers by students/young researchers. To this end, the School has a three-phase review process for submitted papers. In the first phase, short abstracts are submitted. Papers within the scope of the Call are selected for presentation at the School. The full papers are submitted before the Summer School takes place and they appear in the (unreviewed) pre-proceedings. In a second review phase, the full papers are reviewed soon after the Summer School. The students are invited to resubmit their full papers, after they have revised them based on two sets of feedback: the discussions that took place at the Summer School, as well as a formal written review by programme committee members. In the third review phase, after the full papers are resubmitted, they are reviewed again for inclusion in the School’s proceedings which will be published by Springer.
Submissions by senior researchers and participants in European, national, or regional/community research projects are also very welcome, and are generally published in a separate section of the book volume.
The world is in the throes of a ‘smart’ revolution, affecting many technologies. Digital data is an essential resource for economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress in general. To be exploited, data needs to flow across borders and sectors, should be smartly aggregated, and should be accessible and reusable by most stakeholders. The explosion of the phenomenon of the Internet of Things and the increasing diffusion of smart living technologies in all the layers of our society – from houses to hospitals, from cities to critical infrastructures such as energy grids – clearly demonstrate the viability and the advantages of a fully interconnected vision of a smart world. However, the same vision poses concrete concerns related to the potential antagonism between the “trend to share everything”, on the one hand, and the “citizen’s right to privacy and security”, on the other. Dilemmas concerning opportunities for discrimination, social profiling, and social exclusion also arise.
The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in April 2016, provides an overarching legislative framework that answers to the concerns regarding data protection. Simultaneously, a new Directive was adopted to protect personal data processed for the purpose of criminal law enforcement. Eight months later, the European Commission proposal for revision of the e-Privacy Directive, published in January 2017, may eventually provide an instrument to enforce not only the privacy, but also, to some extent, the security of the upper layers of the telecommunication services relevant for implementing a smartly interconnected world. One of the novelties of the proposed e-Privacy Regulation is the extension of its scope to include new functionally equivalent electronic communications services offered by Over The Top (OTT) players i.e., with no involvement of multi-system operators.
However, while these legislative instruments define the “principles to be respected and enforced”, not a lot is said about the way in which these principles should be deployed technically in different industrial and societal sectors. Technological advances such as the use of open data, big data, blockchain and sensor development in the Internet of Everything are rapidly changing the societal landscape. Questions arise about who holds what data, and where and how that data may be used. These advances challenge the way privacy and data protection should be provided, because current national regulatory mechanisms were not devised with these new technologies and possibilities in mind. What is also clear, from discussions in the general press, media and social media, there are also huge societal, social, and ethical concerns with regard to the implications of these emerging technologies both in theory and in their practical deployment.
Here, indeed, there lies a major scientific and social challenge: how to guarantee, in a homogeneous way, the preservation of privacy and other human rights in a completely heterogeneous and cross-sectoral world, without impairing the potentialities of the raising new smart technologies (IoT, big data etc.)
These questions, as well as many other current and general research issues surrounding privacy and identity management, will all be addressed by the 2017 IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management.
Further useful information
Students who actively participate, in particular those who present a paper, can receive a course certificate which awards 3 ECTS points at the PhD level. Students, whose papers are already at submission full length and of sufficient quality for a PhD seminar thesis can receive a course certificate which awards 6 ECTS points at the PhD level. Student attendees who do not present a paper will receive a course certificate, which awards 1.5 ECTS points at the PhD level. The certificate can state the topic of the paper contribution so as to demonstrate its relationship (or otherwise) to the student’s master or PhD thesis.
Best Student Paper Award
Every year, at the IFIP Summer School, a paper is chosen for the Best Paper Student Award. The award is made at the School, and this award success made public.
Papers written solely or primarily by students and presented by a student at the Summer School are eligible for this award. If the paper is co-authored with senior researchers, the authors have to state that the main work and contributions can be clearly attributed to the student author(s). The award will be selected based on the quality of the paper and the oral presentation.