Great news: the Call for Papers for the fourth iteration of the International Workshop on Privacy Engineering (IWPE) is out! This year’s program seeks to highlight challenges to privacy posed by widespread adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. One motivation for this focus stems from goals and provisions of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), including requirements for privacy and data protection by design, providing notices and information about the logic of automated decision-making, and emphasis on privacy management and accountability structures in organizations that process personal data. Interpreting and operationalizing these requirements for systems that employ machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies is a daunting task and we hope to attract papers from researchers, civil society and industry on the topic.
This year we decided to co-locate IWPE with the European IEEE S&P which will take place in London between the 24th and 26th of April. With this, we hope in the coming years to establish a tradition of moving the workshop (for now) between the US and EU.
Workshops are the product of all the dedicated researchers who agree to serve on our PC as well as the hard work of the organizers of the conferences where we co-locate our workshop. We are delighted to once again have a fantastic and interdisciplinary PC. There is also great effort that goes into establishing a new workshop. For this, I would like to thank Jose M. del Alamo (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) who has pulled the heavy weight of putting together our workshop for the last four years. Special thanks also goes out to our current program co-chairs Anupam Datta (Carnegie Mellon University) , Aleksandra Korolova (University of Southern California) and Deirdre K. Mulligan (UC Berkeley); our industry chair Nina Taft (Google); our mentoring and local chair Jose Such (King’s College London); and, our publicity chair Arunesh Sinha (University of Michigan). We look forward to seeing you at IWPE’18.
My first encounters with the concept of obfuscation go back to discussions that the privacy research group at COSIC/ESAT (KUL) had about TrackMeNot in 2012. Back then we were discussing the efficacy of the possible protections offered by TrackMeNot when faced with a “learning” machine. Little did I know that one day I would have close encounters with the creators of TrackMeNot, Helen Nissenbaum, Vincent Toubiana and Daniel Howe. All three will be at the Symposium on Obfuscation which takes place next week at NYU. The line up of speakers include Susan Stryker, Nick Montfort, Laura Kurgan, Claudia Diaz, Günes Acar, Finn Brunton, Hanna Rose Shell, Joseph Turow as well as Rachel Greenstadt representing her research group that developed “Anonymouth”, Daniel Howe, the creator of “Ad Nauseam”, and Rachel Law, the maker of “Vortex”. You can find out more about the event here.