Topics for papers, workshop & tutorial proposals

The School covers all aspects of privacy and identity and seeks contributions from a broad range of disciplines (e.g. computer science, informatics, economics, ethics, law, psychology, sociology, history, political and other social sciences, surveillance studies, business and public management). Student research papers may contribute towards application scenarios, use cases, and good practice based upon empirical research and interdisciplinary investigations; explore legal, regulatory historical or other issues; or report on other kinds of empirical research, such as social practices and effects of the use of new technologies. Papers will be selected for presentation at the School by the Summer School Programme Committee, based on reviews of a short 2-4 page abstract.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Anonymity, pseudonymity, identity, (informed) consent, digital rights, net neutrality, trust, reputation

Technologies and applications

  • Privacy aspects of big data analytics, biometrics, cloud computing, social networks, blockchain based applications, social computing, crowdsourcing and social movements
  • Health informatics (mHealth, eHealth), social care, community care, integrated care, opportunities as well as threats to individual and community privacy, personal autonomy and dignity
  • Profiling and tracking technologies, online anonymity, surveillance, video surveillance
  • Sensor networks, Internet of Things, mobile devices
  • Privacy and identity management (services, technologies, infrastructures, usability aspects, legal and socio-economic aspects), eIDs
  • Privacy and security in digital citizen communications, e-mail and instant messaging
  • Privacy protection and in particular confidentiality of communications by both traditional players/incumbents and OTTs
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) and transparency-enhancing technologies (TETs)


  • Digital participation, participatory design, ethically-informed design, co-creation and co-collaboration, ecosystems, social actors’ engagement in design
  • Privacy-by-design, privacy-by-default, value-sensitive design, privacy impact assessment
  • Usable privacy

Enforcement and regulation

  • Social accountability
  • Privacy standards and seals
  • Security of network and information systems
  • Cybercrime and cybersecurity
  • Data breaches, data retention and law enforcement
  • Regulatory regimes and instruments


  • Effects of legislative or regulatory initiatives on privacy or identity
  • Effects of technology on discrimination, social profiling, social exclusion, digital divides, communities, societies and cultures


  • Public attitudes to international, national, local or organisational security, privacy, and identity
  • Corporate and organisational views on privacy and data protection measures
  • Challenges facing large corporations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs, and a wide range of categories of professions and occupations
  • How people or organisations use new technologies and help to shape them.

Submitting papers
The abstract submissions should contain a concise problem statement, an outline, and clear messages (they should not be about work ‘to be done’). On acceptance of the abstract, authors should submit their full papers of up to 16 pages in length in Springer LNCS format. These versions of the papers will be made available to all participants in the Summer School pre-proceedings.

After the Summer School, authors will have the opportunity to revise and re-submit their full papers (again in Springer LNCS format, with a maximum of 16 pages). These versions should address the questions and discussions raised on the paper during the Summer School as well as in the detailed reviews provided by the Programme Committee members. These revised papers will be considered for publication in the Summer School proceedings published by Springer, the official IFIP publisher. The papers to be included in the final proceedings will again be reviewed and finally selected by the Summer School Programme Committee. Students are expected to try to publish their work in this volume.

Call for Tutorials and Workshops
The School also seeks contributions in the form of tutorials and workshop proposals from all disciplines (e.g. computer science, informatics, economics, ethics, law, psychology, sociology, history, political and other social sciences, surveillance studies, business and public management). The timelines for submission of these tutorials and workshops are the same as those of the student papers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: concepts, technologies and applications, design, enforcement mechanisms, effects, attitudes, and user practices.

Tutorials are expected to last one or two hours. Proposals should contain a short summary and state the level and background required for attendees to follow the tutorial.

Workshops are expected to last one or two hours and must generate short papers that recapitulate the outcome and the kinds of discussions raised in the School, for inclusion in the post-proceedings. Proposals should contain a short statement summarising the topic(s) to be discussed and the expected contributions from the audience members e.g. responding to a questionnaire or conducting a small experiment. Proposers should indicate whether any special equipment is needed for the workshop, such as audiovisual systems or computational equipment and support.

How to submit
Extended abstracts (2-4 pages) must be made in PDF format, in the Springer LNCS template (, and using the Easychair System: