The CPSR Compiler - December 2007
COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS for SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Turning Thoughts to Actions
- End of Year Campaign
- CPSR’s participation in the 2nd IGF meeting
- EIS 2008 - Workshop on the Economics of Information Security
- CALL FOR PAPERS -- SOUPS 2008
Dear CPSR Member,
This year, many of the key issues that led to the founding of CPSR have become national headlines again. Computer-controlled weapons like autonomous robots have caused "friendly fire" deaths and reminded the public to question the use of computers in warfare. Revelations about government surveillance of citizens' private digital communications have underscored the need for technical and legal privacy protections online. Robust, well-informed responses from computer professionals to these issues are needed more than ever.
That's why CPSR continues to work for you. This year, we've started two new large-scale projects. "Who Voted", a website that allows the public to track the accuracy of voter history data, was funded by Google's Summer of Code and has gone live at www.whovoted.net. And we've also gathered together some of the best minds in computer science for our annual conference in January 2008, on the topic "Technology in Wartime". (www.technologyinwartime.org).
We've secured a permanent place for CPSR's archives, representing 25 years of research and activism, at Stanford Library. Students and scholars will now be able to access the work CPSR has done for many years to come.
We used the revolutionary Punchscan voting technology in one of our elections this year. The experimental system uses novel technology and allows voters to become involved in the election oversight process. The system is described at punchscan.org.
And finally, CPSR has continued its international advocacy for development and free expression by participating in the United Nations Internet Governance Forum and the iCommons board.
At CPSR, we work to keep social responsibility foremost in the minds of people who are innovating the next generation of computers, and the next generation of policies governing those computers. To keep doing this, we need your support. You can help by contributing to CPSR this year (www.cpsr.net). Thanks, and good wishes for a new year of liberty, integrity, and bug-free systems.
Background: The Tunis Agenda for the Information Society [http://www.itu.int/wsis/docs2/tunis/off/6rev1.html] was one of the outcomes of the f the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The Tunis Agenda invited the Secretary-General of United Nations to convene a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue called the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The first IGF meeting was held in Athens, Greece in November 2006.
The second IGF meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12-15 November 2007 and focused on 5 themes: Openness, Access, Security, Diversity and Critical Internet Resources (CIR). Many parallel workshops, best practices sessions and other related meetings were also held.
CPSR board member Katitza Rodríguez participated as a discussant of the main session on Security. A complete report about the results of the main session could be found at http://ipjustice.org/wp/2007/11/19/2007-igf-rio-wrap-up/ and The Chairman's summary of the main sessions could be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/Rio_Meeting/Chairman%20Summary.FINAL.16.11.2007.pdf.
CPSR board member Robert Guerra organized the workshop titled “ICT and Security Challenges - A selection of Case studies” [http://www.intgovforum.org/BPP2.php?went=34]. This workshop discusses case studies pertaining to incidents related to Root Servers and case studies pertaining to Cybersecurity & Best practices developed in Latin America.
CPSR was also represented in the Dynamic Coalition on Privacy. The coalition discussed emerging issues of internet privacy protection such as digital identities, the link between privacy and development, and the importance of privacy and anonymity for freedom of expression. The goal of the coalition is to develop a set of recommendations for the IGF to consider. More information can be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/dynamic_coalitions.php?listy=2.
We invite CPSR members to join the coalition by subscribing to http://lists.apc.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/privacy-coalition
Some of the various coalitions are listed here:
- The IGF Dynamic Coalition on Open Standards (IGF DCOS)
- The Dynamic Coalition on Access and Connectivity for Remote, Rural and Dispersed Communities
- Dynamic Coalition on the Internet Bill of Rights
- Coalition Dynamique pour la Diversité Linguistique
- A2K@IGF Dynamic Coalition
- Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media on the Internet (FOEonline)
- Online Collaboration Dynamic Coalition
- Gender and Internet Governance (GIG)
- Framework of Principles for the Internet
For a complete list of coalitions, please visit:
The third meeting of the IGF will be held on 8-11 December 2008 in New Delhi. A first preparatory meeting will be held in Geneva on 26 February 2008. More information can be found at http://www.intgovforum.org/.
June 25-27, 2008 in Hanover, New Hampshire
Hosted by the Center for Digital Strategies at Dartmouth College's TuckSchool of Business, in partnership with the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P), which is managed by Dartmouth College.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Information security requires not only technology, but a clear understanding of risks, decision-making behaviors and metrics for evaluating business and policy options. How much should we spend on security? What incentives really drive privacy decisions? What are the trade-offs that individuals, firms, and governments face when allocating resources to protect data assets? Are there good ways to distribute risks and align goals when securing information systems?
While organizations and individuals face new and evolving technical challenges, we know that security and privacy threats rarely have purely technical causes. Economic, behavioral, and legal factors often contribute as much as technology to the dependability of information and information systems. The application of economic analysis to these problems has proven to be an exciting and fruitful area of research.
The 2008 Workshop on the Economics of Information Security invites original research papers focused on the economics of information security and the economics of privacy. We encourage economists, computer scientists, business school researchers, law scholars, security and privacy specialists, as well as industry experts to submit their research and attend the Workshop. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical economic studies of:
- Optimal investment in information security
- Privacy, confidentiality and anonymity
- Cybertrust and reputation systems
- Intellectual property protection
- Information access and provisioning
- Risk management and cyberinsurance
- Security standards and regulation
- Behavioral security and privacy
- Cyberterrorism policy
- Organizational security and metrics
- Psychology of risk and security
- Phishing, spam, and cybercrime
- Vulnerability discovery, disclosure, and patching
Submissions due: March 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2008
Workshop: June 25-27, 2008
Papers should be submitted online by 11:59 EST on Saturday, March 1, 2008, preferably in PDF format.
Submitted manuscripts should represent significant and novel research contributions. Please note that WEIS has no formal formatting guidelines. Previous contributors spanned fields from economics and psychology to computer science and law, each with different norms and expectations about manuscript length and formatting. Advisable rules of thumb include: using past WEIS accepted papers as templates and adhering to your community's publication standards.
Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University
(P) 412 268 9853
(F) 412 268 5339
Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security
July 23-25, 2008
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA
The 2008 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program will feature technical papers, a poster session, panels and invited talks, discussion sessions, and in-depth sessions (workshops and tutorials). Detailed information about technical paper submissions appears below. For information about other submissions please see the SOUPS web site http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2008/cfp.html.
We invite authors to submit original papers describing research or experience in all areas of usable privacy and security. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Innovative security or privacy functionality and design,
* New applications of existing models or technology,
* Field studies of security or privacy technology,
* Usability evaluations of security or privacy features or security testing of usability features, and
* Lessons learned from deploying and using usable privacy and security features.
Papers need to describe the purpose and goals of the work completed to date, cite related work, show how the work effectively integrates usability and security or privacy, and clearly indicate the innovative aspects of the work or lessons learned as well as the contribution of the work to the field. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Accepted papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. The technical papers committee will select an accepted paper to receive the SOUPS 2008 best paper award.
Papers may be up to 12 pages in length including bibliography, appendices, and figures, using the SOUPS proceedings template on the SOUPS web site. All submissions must be in PDF format and should not be blinded. In addition, you must cut and paste an abstract of no more than 300 words onto the submission form.
Submit your paper using the electronic submissions page for the SOUPS 2008 conference (http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/soups/2008/submit.html). A successful submission will display a web page confirming it, and a confirmation email is sent to the corresponding author. Please make sure you receive that confirmation email when you submit, and follow the directions in that email if you require any follow up.
Technical paper submissions will close at midnight, US East Coast time, the evening of Friday, February 29. Authors will be notified of technical paper acceptance by April 21, and camera ready final versions of technical papers are due May 26.
Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
Interactive and In-Depth Session Chairs:
Andrew Patrick, National Research Council Canada
Konstantin Beznosov, University of British Columbia
Rob Miller, MIT
Jaime Montemayor, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Technical Papers Co-chairs:
Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University
Simson L. Garfinkel, Naval Postgraduate School
Technical Papers Committee:
Lujo Bauer, CMU
Steven Bellovin, Columbia University
Robert Biddle, Carleton
Jose Brustoloni, University of Pittsburgh
Bill Cheswick, AT&T Research
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Keith Edwards, Georgia Tech
Carl Ellison, Microsoft
Tal Garfinkel, Stanford University
Markus Jakobsson, Indiana University
Carlos Jensen, Oregon State University
Clare-Marie Karat, IBM
Steve Meyers, Indiana University
Rob Miller, MIT
Colin Potts, Georgia Tech
David Redmiles, UCI
Hao-Chi Wong, PARC
Ka-Ping Yee, UC Berkeley
Mary Ellen Zurko, IBM
SOUPS 2008 Call For Papers Revision 1.1
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