Call for Papers

17th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2017)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
July 18 – 21, 2017
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The annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) brings together privacy experts from around the world to present and discuss recent advances and new perspectives on research in privacy technologies. The 17th PETS event will be organised by the University of Minnesota and held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 18 – 21, 2017.

Papers undergo a journal-style reviewing process and accepted papers are published in the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs). Submitted papers should present novel practical and/or theoretical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS/PoPETs has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems and privacy-oriented cryptography, we strongly encourage submissions on a number of both well-established and emerging privacy-related topics, for which examples are provided below.

PoPETs, a scholarly, open access journal for timely research papers on privacy, has been established as a way to improve reviewing and publication quality while retaining the highly successful PETS community event. PoPETs is published by De Gruyter Open, the world's second largest publisher of open access academic content, and part of the De Gruyter group, which has over 260 years of publishing history. PoPETs does not have article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.

Authors can submit papers to PoPETs four times a year, every three months on a predictable schedule. The four submission deadlines for the 2017 volume of PoPETs are in May 2016, Aug 2016, Nov 2016, and Feb 2017. Papers accepted for an issue in the 2017 volume will be presented at PETS 2017. Note that accepted papers must be presented at PETS.

Authors are notified of the decisions about two months after submission. In addition to accept and reject decisions, papers may receive resubmit with major revisions decisions, in which case authors are invited to revise and resubmit their article to one of the following two issues. We endeavor to assign the same reviewers to revised versions.

PoPETs also solicits submissions for Systematization of Knowledge (SoK) papers. These are papers that critically review, evaluate, and contextualize work in areas for which a body of prior literature exists, and whose contribution lies in systematizing the existing knowledge in that area. To be suitable for publication, SoK articles must provide an added value beyond a literature review, such as novel insights, identification of research gaps, or challenges to commonly held assumptions. SoK papers will follow the same review process as other submissions, and will be published in PoPETs and presented at the PETS 2017 event.

Submit papers for PoPETs 2017, Issue 4 at Please see the submission guidelines and view our FAQ for more information about the process.

Important Dates for PETS 2017

All deadlines are 23:59:59 American Samoa time (UTC-11)

Issue 1:
Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2016 (firm)
Rebuttal period: July 11 – 13, 2016
Author notification: August 1, 2016
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): September 1, 2016

Issue 2:
Paper submission deadline: August 31, 2016 (firm)
Rebuttal period: October 10 – 12, 2016
Author notification: October 31, 2016
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): November 30, 2016

Issue 3
Paper submission deadline: November 30, 2016 (firm)
Rebuttal period: January 9 – 11, 2017
Author notification: February 1, 2017
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): March 15, 2017

Issue 4:
Paper submission deadline: February 28, 2017 (firm)
Rebuttal period: April 10 – 12, 2017
Author notification: May 1, 2017
Camera-ready deadline for accepted papers and minor revisions (if accepted by the shepherd): June 1, 2017

Authors invited to resubmit with major revisions can submit the revised (full) paper two weeks after the stated deadline. Such papers must, however, be registered with an abstract by the usual deadline. All other papers than these major revision resubmissions must be submitted by the stated deadline, including papers submitted to and rejected from previous issues. To benefit from the two-week deadline extension, major revisions must be submitted to one of the two issues following the decision. Major revisions submitted to later issues are treated as new submissions, due by the regular deadline and possibly assigned to new reviewers.

Suggested topics include but are not restricted to:

General Chair (
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Program Chairs/Co-Editors-in-Chief (
Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Damon McCoy, New York University
Program Committee/Editorial Board:
Gunes Acar, KU Leuven
Sadia Afroz, UC Berkeley
William Aiello, University of British Columbia
Mashael Al-Sabah, Qatar University
Hadi Asghari, TU Delft
N. Asokan, Aalto University
Adam Aviv, United States Naval Academy
Michael Backes, Saarland University
Solon Barocas, Microsoft Research
Lujo Bauer, Carnegie Mellon University
Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Bonneau, Stanford University / EFF
Sonja Buchegger, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Kevin Butler, University of Florida
Kelly Caine, Clemson University
Aylin Caliskan, Princeton University
Christopher Clifton, Purdue University
Jedidiah R. Crandall, University of New Mexico
George Danezis, University College London
Anupam Datta, Carnegie Mellon University
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Rinku Dewri, University of Denver
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Orr Dunkelman, University of Haifa
Serge Egelman, University of California, Berkeley
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Giulia Fanti, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Fifield, University of California, Berkeley
Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University
Bryan Ford, EPFL
Vaibhav Garg, VISA
Ian Goldberg, University of Waterloo
Thomas Groß, Newcastle University
Jens Grossklags, Penn State
Seda Gurses, KU Leuven
Marit Hansen, Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein
Ryan Henry, Indiana University Bloomington
Raquel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington
Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Yan Huang, Indiana University Bloomington
Rob Jansen, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Jonathan Katz, University of Maryland
Shehar Bano Khattak, University College London
Aggelos Kiayias, University of Edinburgh
Bart Knijnenburg, Clemson University
Markulf Kohlweiss, Microsoft Research
Yoshi Kohno, University of Washington
Albert Kwon, MIT
Susan Landau, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Peeter Laud, Cybernetica
Adam Lee, University of Pittsburgh
Boon Thau Loo, University of Pennsylvania
Marc Liberatore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Aleecia McDonald, Stanford University
Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
Payman Mohassel, Yahoo!/Calgary
Steven Murdoch, University College London
Steven Myers, Indiana University Bloomington
Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University
Muhammad Naveed, University of Southern California
Shirin Nilizadeh, UCSB
Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University
Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley
Adrian Perrig, ETHZ
Rob Reeder, Google
Alfredo Rial, University of Luxembourg
Thomas Roessler, Google
Keith Ross, New York University
Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, Technische University Darmstadt
Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, University of Calgary
Hovav Schacham, UCSD
Stuart Schechter, Microsoft Research
Martin Schmiedeckre, SBA Research
Peter Schwabe, Radboud University Nijmegen
Mohamed Shehab, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Reza Shokri, Cornell Tech
Thomas Shrimpton, University of Florida
Jessica Staddon, NC State University
Thorsten Strufe, TU Dresden
Carmela Troncoso, IMDEA Software Institute
Michael Tschantz, University of California, Berkeley
Kami Vaniea, University of Edinburgh
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Michael Waidner, Technische University Darmstadt
Tao Wang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tara Whalen, Google
Philipp Winter, Princeton University
Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
HotPETs Chairs (
Sadia Afroz, ICSI / UC Berkeley
Moritz Bartl, Renewable Freedom Foundation
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Sponsorship Chairs (
George Danezis, University College London
Steven Murdoch, University College London
PET Award Chairs (
Bryan Ford, EPFL
Carmela Troncoso, IMDEA Software Institute
Publicity Chairs (
Tariq Elahi, KU Leuven
Kat Hanna
Publications Chair (
Marc Juarez, KU Leuven
Video Chair (
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Stipend Chairs (
Nikita Borisov, University of Illinois - Urbana–Champaign
Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Nick Hopper, University of Minnesota
Andrei Serjantov
Web Chairs
Ian Goldberg, Univerity of Waterloo
Kat Hanna

Submission Guidelines
Full submission guidelines are at

Papers must be submitted via the PETS 2017 submission server. The URL for Issue 4 is:

Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
You are invited to submit nominations for the 2017 Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies. The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation, or deployment of privacy enhancing technologies. It is awarded at PETS and carries a cash prize as well as a physical award monument.

Any paper by any author written in the area of privacy enhancing technologies is eligible for nomination. However, the paper must have appeared in a refereed journal, conference, or workshop with proceedings published in the period from April 1, 2015 until March 30, 2017.

Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pfitzmann PETS 2017 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2017. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2017 are eligible for the award.

As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs — the "hottest," most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. Further information will be published on the PETS 2017 website soon.