Call for papers

Background and goals

We are inviting contributions to this Summer School from students who are at the stage of preparing either a master’s or a PhD thesis. The school is interactive in character, and is composed of plenary lectures and workshops with master’s/PhD student 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 International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Groups 9.2, 9.5, 9.6/11.7, 11.4, 11.6, and Special Interest Group 9.2.2), Karlstad University, the European Union (EU) H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network project, Privacy & Us, and other European and national projects. The 2016 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 considerable change. This Summer School is not a “taught course”: it does enable, however, students to gain credit points for presenting and attending, and to be a candidate for a best paper award.

Basic elements

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, 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. In a second phase, the full papers have to be submitted before the school. They will appear in the (unreviewed) pre-proceedings. After the school, these papers can be revised by the students (who will benefit both from the discussion that occurred at the school as well as a formal written review provided by the Programme Committee). In this third phase, the papers will be 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.


2016 will see a raft of advances in data protection regulation. Globally there are questions raised about how to introduce and adopt data protection and data privacy legislation appropriately.

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is likely to be adopted in spring 2016 and will probably come into force two years later. The Regulation retains the principles embedded in the current Data Protection Directive. It introduces new measures and strengthens others. Accountability, Data Protection Impact Assessment, Privacy by Design and by Default, the Right to be Forgotten, and a much more potent sanction regime are a few of the new or reinforced notions in the GDPR. These have the potential to improve privacy and data protection, but also raise a number of challenges regarding scope, feasibility, implementation and effects. These questions concern technical, legal, social, economic, philosophical, psychological, and other dimensions. Other forms of legislation may also change the regulatory scene dramatically and have effects on privacy and identity. For instance, the 2015 Cyber Security Directive and the “Privacy Shield”, that is replacing the Safe Harbour Agreement, will also raise new questions.

Yet legislation is not the only driver. Technological advances such as the use of open data, big data, and sensor development in the Internet of Everything are rapidly changing who holds what data, and where and how that data may be used. Business development is increasing in fields related to surveillance, control of mass movement, security, safety, and identity management. Cities, towns, communities, streets, house and modes of transportation are all becoming smarter. Fields of organisational activity are merging.

There are also many advances on hand that may help to achieve better and safer infrastructures for people to communicate freely without being observed either by commercial or by governmental bodies (user empowerment); improve the balance between individuals and institutions (especially concerning the privacy protection goals of transparency and participation); and set up democratic processes in which effective oversight over the consequences of new technologies can be exercised.

These questions, as well as many other current and general research issues surrounding privacy and identity management, will all be addressed by the 2016 IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management.

Further useful information

Credit Points

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. 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’s or PhD thesis.

Best Student Paper Award

Every year, at the IFIP Summer School, a Best Paper Student Award is awarded.

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.