Topics for papers, workshop & tutorial proposals

The school covers all aspects of privacy and identity and seeks for contributions from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., computer science, informatics, economics, ethics, law, psychology, sociology, political and other social sciences, surveillance studies, business and public management).

Research papers are expected to contribute towards application scenarios, use cases, and good practices; research with an empirical focus; and interdisciplinary investigations. 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, social computing, crowdsourcing and social movements.
  • Health informatics (mHealth, eHealth), social care, community care, integrated care, and opportunities as well as threats to individual and community privacy.
  • Profiling and tracking technologies, surveillance, video surveillance.
  • Sensor networks, and the Internet of Things.
  • Privacy and identity management (services, technologies, infrastructures, usability aspects, legal and socio-economic aspects), eIDs.
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), transparency-enhancing technologies (TETs).


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

Enforcement and enforcement mechanisms

  • Social accountability.
  • Privacy standards and seals.
  • Cybercrime and cybersecurity.
  • Data breaches, data retention and law enforcement.

Effects and impacts

  • Effects and impacts of legislative or regulatory initiatives on privacy or identity.
  • Effects or impacts of technology on social exclusion, digital divides, and societies and culture.


  • Public attitudes to international, national, local or organisational security, privacy, and identity.
  • Corporate views on privacy and data protection measures.

Call for Research 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 submit their revised full papers (again in Springer LNCS format, max. 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. They will be considered for publication in the Summer School proceedings by the official IFIP publisher (Springer). 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 through this volume.

Call for Tutorials & 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, political and other social sciences, surveillance studies, business and public management). The timelines for submission of these tutorial 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 and attitudes .

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 produce short papers that recapitulate the outcome for inclusion in the post-proceedings. Proposals should contain a short statement summarising the topic(s) to be discussed and the expected contributions of the audience.

All paper  submissions must be made in PDF format, in the Springer LNCS template, and using the Easychair System