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PETS/PoPETs 2018 : 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium


When Jul 24, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline TBD
Categories    privacy   computer science   security

Call For Papers

18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2018)
Barcelona, Spain
July 24-27, 2018
General information:
Submission server:

The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 18th PETS event will be organized by Eticas and held in Barcelona, Spain July 24-27. Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs).

PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of open access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Papers submitted to PETS/PoPETs should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS/PoPETs has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems and privacy-oriented cryptography, we strongly encourage submissions on a number of both well-established and emerging privacy-related topics, for which examples are provided below.

PoPETs also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These are papers that critically review, evaluate, and contextualize work in areas for which a body of prior literature exists, and whose contribution lies in systematizing the existing knowledge in that area. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions. SoK papers will follow the same review process as other submissions, and will be published in PoPETs and presented at the PETS 2018 event.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months on a predictable schedule. The four submission deadlines for the 2018 volume of PoPETs are in May 2017, Aug 2017, Nov 2017, and Feb 2018. Papers accepted for an issue in the 2018 volume will be presented at PETS 2018. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.

Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2018, Issue 1 at Please see the submission guidelines and view our FAQ for more information about the process.

Important Dates for PETS 2018

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 1:
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 10 – 12, 2017
Author notification: August 1, 2017
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 1, 2017

Issue 2:
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 9 – 11, 2017
Author notification: October 31, 2017
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): November 30, 2017

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 8 – 10, 2018
Author notification: February 1, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 1, 2018

Issue 4:
Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2018 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 9 – 11, 2018
Author notification: April 30, 2018
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 1, 2018

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

Behavioural targeting
Building and deploying privacy-enhancing systems
Crowdsourcing for privacy
Cryptographic tools for privacy
Data protection technologies
Differential privacy
Economics of privacy and game-theoretical approaches to privacy
Empirical studies of privacy in real-world systems
Forensics and privacy
Human factors, usability and user-centered design for PETs
Information leakage, data correlation and generic attacks to privacy
Interdisciplinary research connecting privacy to economics, law, ethnography, psychology, medicine, biotechnology, human rights
Location and mobility privacy
Machine learning and privacy
Measuring and quantifying privacy
Mobile devices and privacy
Obfuscation-based privacy
Policy languages and tools for privacy
Privacy in cloud and big-data applications
Privacy in social networks and microblogging systems
Privacy-enhanced access control, authentication, and identity management
Profiling and data mining
Reliability, robustness, and abuse prevention in privacy systems
Systems for anonymous communications and censorship resistance
Traffic analysis
Transparency enhancing tools
Web privacy

General Chair (
Gemma Galdón Clavell, Eticas

Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Damon McCoy, New York University
Carmela Troncoso, IMDEA Software Institute

Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Gunes Acar, KU Leuven
William Aiello, University of British Columbia
Alessandro Aquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Mashael Al-Sabah, Qatar University
Shehar Bano, University College London
Kevin Bauer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Sonja Buchegger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Kelly Caine, Clemson University
Aylin Caliskan, Princeton University
Jean Camp, Indiana University Bloomington
Sherman S.M. Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Christopher Clifton, Purdue University
Jed Crandall, University of New Mexico
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Rinku Dewri, University of Denver
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Giulia Fanti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Fifield, University of California, Berkeley
Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Thomas Groß, Newcastle University
Jens Grossklags, Technical University Munich
Seda Gurses, KU Leuven
Marit Hansen, Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein
Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Yan Huang, Indiana University Bloomington
Kévin Huguenin, Université de Lausanne
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Aniket Kate, Purdue University
Negar Kiyavash, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Boris Koepf, IMDEA Software Institute
Markulf Kohlweiss, Microsoft Research
Alptekin Kupku, Koç University
Peeter Laud, Cybernetica
Adam J. Lee, University of Pittsburgh
Douglas Leith, Trinity College Dublin
Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University
Ashwin Machanavajjhala, Duke University
Aleecia McDonald, Stanford University
Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Muhammad Naveed, University of Southern California
Shirin Nilizadeh, UCSB
Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University
Adrian Perrig, ETHZ
Bart Preneel, KU Leuven
Ananth Raghunathan, Google
Kasper Rasmussen, University of Oxford
Joel Reardon, UC Berkeley / ICSI
Michael Reiter, UNC Chapel Hill
Alfredo Rial, University of Luxembourg
Franziska Roesner, University of Washington
Thomas Roessler, Google
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische University Darmstadt
Martin Schmiedeckre, SBA Research
Peter Schwabe, Radboud Univeristy Nijmegen
Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden
Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Michael Tschantz, UC Berkeley
Gene Tsudik, UC Irvine
Doug Tygar, UC Berkeley
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Michael Waidner, Fraunhofer SIT and TU Darmstadt
Tao Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tara Whalen, Google
Philipp Winter, Princeton University
Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
Matthew Wright, RIT

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