All sessions will be held in Thomson Hall, Room 101 (Map). All lunches will be held in Mary Gates Hall (Map). More venue information is available here.

Wednesday, August 5

9:00 Welcoming remarks
9:15 Session 1: Privacy Policies (Chair: George Danezis)
10:45 Break
11:15 Invited Speaker: Jennifer Granick (Bio), "Privacy Hot Spots: A Call to Action."
Abstract: Protests in Iran are organized over Twitter and Facebook. Chinese citizens confront mandatory installation of filtering software. U.S. Border Agents have plenary authority to seize laptops and phones entering the country. Mobile phones constantly report their location to the cellular network. These are some of today's hot spots where legal action is inadequate to protect people's privacy. Technological solutions are needed, and this is a call to action for scientists, researchers and coders. However, the technological solutions may not be something new and different, but rather something familiar and simple. Proxy servers, default https and privacy-friendly data retention practices may have the most privacy-friendly effects.
12:30 Lunch
2:15 Session 2: Anonymous Communication (Chair: Steven J. Murdoch)
3:45 Break
4:15 Rump Session
6:00 PET Award and Reception

Thursday, August 6

9:00 Session 3: Network Privacy (Chair: Paul Syverson)
10:30 Break
11:00 Session 4: Database Privacy (Chair: Mira Belenkiy)
12:00 Lunch
1:45 Panel: Privacy in Ubiquitous Computing (Moderator: Matt Wright)
Landon Cox, Douglas Klunder, and Tadayoshi Kohno
3:15 Break
3:45 Session 5: Privacy Offline (Chair: Claudia Diaz)
6:00 Gala Banquet

Friday, August 7

HotPETs program subject to modification.

9:00 Opening Remarks (HotPETS Chairs)
9:10 HotPETs Session 1: Anonymity Systems - Theory and Practice (20 min each)
10:30 Break
11:00 Invited Speaker: Alessandro Acquisti (Bio), "Of frogs and herds: Behavioral Economics, Malleable Privacy Valuations, and Context-dependent Willingness to Divulge Personal Information."
Abstract: I will present a number of experiments investigating privacy valuations and decision making through the lenses of behavioral economics. Contrary to the assumption in much social science that people have stable, coherent preferences with respect to personal privacy, we find that privacy valuations (measured by willingness to trade-off personal information for monetary rewards) and concerns about privacy measured by divulgence of private information) are highly sensitive to contextual factors. We report results from a number of experiments, one of which was designed to measure individual willingness to pay to protect and willingness to accept to divulge personal data; while others were designed to elicit or to suppress privacy concerns. This research raises questions about whether individuals are able to navigate in a self-interested fashion increasingly complex issues of privacy.
12:15 Lunch
2:00 HotPETs Session 2: New Directions in Privacy and Anonymity I
3:00 Break
3:30 HotPETs Session 3: New Directions in Privacy and Anonymity II
  • Why I'm not an Entropist
    Paul Syverson

  • Extensions to the privacy-preserving identity card
    Sebastien Gambs and Yves Deswarte
  • A Protocol for fulfilling anonymity requirements through adjusting buffering delays
    Marjan-sadat Alavi and Babak Sadeghian (presented by Reza Shokri)

4:30 Break
4:40 HotPETs Session 4: Attacks and Defences
5:20 Closing Remarks
5:30 Film Screening: "We Live in Public" directed by Ondi Timoner (More Info)
Abstract: Ondi Timoner is the first and only two time Grand Jury Prize winner in Sundance history, and her latest-winning film is called We Live In Public, the story of the Internet’s revolutionary impact on human interaction as told through the eyes of internet pioneer and visionary Josh Harris. As far back as the early 90s, Harris predicted a future dominated by life online and created the companies that were direct predecessors to MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. The tale turns ugly when his underground NYC bunker housing dozens of permanent “citizens” and outfitted with hundreds of surveillance cameras is busted by FEMA as a millennial cult — Harris decides to take the experiment a step further and in doing so becomes a media casualty.

Saturday, August 8

PETS Hike: Details to be determined.

Invited Speakers

Jennifer Granick.
Jennifer Granick is the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before EFF, Granick was a Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School where she taught Cyberlaw and Computer Crime Law. She practices in the full spectrum of Internet law issues including computer crime and security, national security, constitutional rights, and electronic surveillance, areas in which her expertise is recognized nationally. Before teaching at Stanford, Jennifer spent almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 "Women of Vision" in the computer security field. She earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from the New College of the University of South Florida.

Alessandro Acquisti.
Alessandro Acquisti is an Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University, and a member of Carnegie Mellon Cylab. His work investigates the economic and social impact of IT, and in particular the economics of privacy and the behavioral economics of privacy and information security. His research in these areas has been disseminated through journals (including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Marketing Science, Information Systems Research, the Journal of Comparative Economics, IEEE Security & Privacy, and Rivista di Politica Economica); edited books ("Digital Privacy: Theory, Technologies, and Practices.'' Auerbach, 2007); book chapters; and presentations and keynotes at international conferences. His findings have been featured in media outlets such as NPR Fresh Air, NBC,, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the New Scientist.

We Live in Public.
We Live In Public is the story of the Internet’s revolutionary impact on human interaction as told through the eyes of internet pioneer and visionary Josh Harris. For more information or to register for updates, please visit Director Ondi Timoner can also be found on twitter at @onditimoner.