The explosive expansion of our information ecology, from online social networks to Internet of Things, from e-health to smart cities, makes everyday individuals producers of massive trails of data, sometimes voluntarily and other times unconsciously. These data contain a gold mine of knowledge for businesses and consumers alike, but also reveal rich personal information or sensitive knowledge of their individual contributors or organizational owners, causing significant privacy concerns.
Yet, we know very little about this complex “privacy ecosystem” around individuals, organizations, and data. To enable privacy-aware computing paradigms with responsible data practices, it is important to understand the roles, responsibilities and motivations of all parties involved in the ecosystem, study their collaborative or combative relationships, and identify the design frontiers of technological, social, legal, managerial, and organizational solutions.
The existing research on information privacy is arguably balkanized across several disciplines, from computer security/privacy to data science, from psychology to sociology, from computer-human interaction to management information systems. The 2018 IEEE Symposium on Privacy-Aware Computing (PAC) brings together experts across these communities to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on related research. As such, we invite research on both the technological development of privacy enhancements and the usage of quantitative/qualitative social scientific methodologies to study and validate theories about privacy. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
Economics of privacy
Managerial practices and organizational policies on privacy
Privacy in smart and connected health
Privacy in smart cities
Privacy in the Internet of Things
Privacy on social media
Societal, legal, and ethical issues in privacy
Theoretical and empirical study of privacy concerns and behavior
Usability and adoption of privacy-enhancing technologies