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CfP: New Security Paradigms Workshop 2019 / Social manipulation through technology

NSPW 2019: Call for Papers

San Carlos, Costa Rica

September 23-26, 2019

Submission deadline: April 12, 2019 23:59 (UTC -11) firm

Format: PDF file (ACM SIG formatting) via

Author responses: May 24 - June 3, 2019
Notification of acceptance: June 12, 2019
Pre-proceedings deadline: July 8, 2019
Invitations sent: July 15, 2019
Early registration: July 29, 2019
Late registration: August 5, 2019
Workshop: September 23-26, 2019
Final version: November 15, 2019

The New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) seeks embryonic, disruptive, and
unconventional ideas on information and cyber security that benefit from early
feedback. Submissions typically address current limitations of information
security, directly challenge long-held beliefs or the very foundations of
security, or discuss problems from an entirely novel angle, leading to new
solutions. We welcome papers both from computer science and other disciplines
that study adversarial relationships, as well as from practice. The workshop
is invitation-only; all accepted papers receive a 1 hour plenary time slot for
presentation and discussion. In order to maximize diversity of perspectives,
we particularly encourage submissions from new NSPW authors, from Ph.D.
students, and from non-obvious disciplines and institutions.

In 2019, NSPW invites theme submissions around "Social manipulation through
technology" next to regular submissions. Recently, a new type of concern is
emerging in the cybersecurity community: how should the field deal with the
possibility of manipulating societies or subgroups within a society via
information and communication technology (e.g. trolling, fake news, election
manipulation)? What are new paradigms that could help in this context?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

What are the motives, origins and characteristics of such

What are the effects on social systems in terms of culture, politics,
communication, media, trust, power?

What can and should our field do, if anything, to safeguard the
values embedded in our societies against such manipulations?

How do current technical and social arrangements enable or facilitate

What new technical or social protections might we put in place? What
new social media could help, or hurt?

For the theme, we particularly invite cross-disciplinary submissions that may
be having trouble finding the right venue, and submissions (co-)authored by
social and political scientists.

NSPW 2019 will be held at Hotel Tilajari in San Carlos, Costa Rica. As in the
past, this choice of venue is designed to facilitate interactions between the
invited attendees throughout the workshop.

Submission Instructions

NSPW accepts three categories of submissions:

Regular Submissions present a new approach (paradigm) to a security
problem or critique existing approaches. While regular submissions may present
research results (mathematical or experimental), unlike papers submitted to
most computer security venues, these results should not be the focus of the
submission; instead, the change in approach should be the focus.

Theme Submissions are focused on "Social manipulation through
technology", and should explain the connection with the theme in the
justification statement (see below). They follow the format of a regular

Panel Proposals describe a debatable topic of interest to the
security community that merits significant discussion. Proposals should
describe the major perspectives on the chosen topic. They should also present
the background of the panelists, explaining how they are the right people to
discuss the chosen topic at NSPW.

Submissions must be made in PDF format, 6-15 pages, ACM SIG
formatting, through
EasyChair, as linked on the NSPW site. Submissions must include a cover page
with authors' names, affiliation, justification statement and attendance
statement. Papers not including these risk rejection without review. The
justification statement briefly explains why the submission is appropriate for
NSPW and the chosen submission category. The attendance statement must specify
which author(s) will attend upon acceptance/invitation. Submissions should not
be blinded. Organizers and PC members are allowed to submit, but will not be
involved in the evaluation of their own papers. All submissions are treated as
confidential as a matter of policy. NSPW does not accept previously published
or concurrently submitted papers.

Authors may submit review responses during the review process indicating the
changes they wish to commit to. Papers are accepted conditionally and are
shepherded, with final proceedings being published after the workshop.


The workshop itself is invitation-only, with typically 30-35 participants
consisting of authors of about 12 accepted papers, panelists, program
committee members, and organizers. One author of each accepted paper must
attend; additional authors may be invited if space permits. All participants
must commit to a "social contract": no one arrives late, no one leaves early,
no electronic distractions (including laptops, tablets, and mobile devices),
and all attend all sessions of the 2.5 day program, sharing meals in a group
setting and complying with the code of conduct. The workshop is preceded by an
evening reception allowing attendees to meet each other beforehand.

Financial Aid: Financial aid may be available, especially for U.S.-based
students and junior faculty. We encourage submissions from students and junior
faculty, even if support is required to attend.

Program Committee Co-chairs:

Wolter Pieters, Delft University of Technology,
Elizabeth Stobert, National Research Council Canada, Wolter Pieters
Associate professor cyber risk - TU Delft
Organisation & Governance | Technology, Policy & Management

Recent papers:
Beyond individual-centric privacy:
Effectiveness of surveillance technology:
Preferences for security measures:

TU Delft
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management; Section OG
Building 31, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft; P.O. Box 5015, 2600 GA Delft
T +31 (0)15 27 88989 E
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