Call for Participation

Through a series of ACM SIGCHI workshops, we have built a research community of individuals dedicated to networked privacy—from identifying the key challenges to designing privacy solutions and setting a privacy-focused agenda for the future. In this one-day workshop (Feb. 25 or 26), we take an intentional pause to unpack the potential ethical questions and concerns this agenda might raise. Rather than strictly focusing on privacy as a state that is always desired—where more privacy is viewed unequivocally as “better”—we consider situations where privacy may not be optimal for researchers, end users, or society. We discuss the current research landscape, including the recent updates to ACM’s Code of Ethics, and how researchers and designers can make more informed decisions regarding ethics, privacy, and other competing values in privacy-related research and designs. Our workshop includes group discussions, breakout activities, and a panel of experts with diverse insights discussing topics related to privacy and ethics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Ethical considerations of privacy (e.g., is privacy inherently good?)
  • Trade-offs between privacy and beneficial outcomes (e.g., social support)
  • Balancing privacy and security concerns
  • Privacy considerations in health contexts
  • Ethics of default settings: Are there “right” privacy defaults? Who decides?
  • Awareness, transparency, and consent: Is more always better?
  • Ethical questions for privacy nudging research
  • Algorithmic authority and the subjective nature of algorithms as it pertains to privacy
  • Empirical studies of social norms regarding privacy and their effects
  • The role of materiality in shaping privacy regulation
  • Methodological considerations around ethics in study design

Potential participants are asked to submit 2 to 4 page position papers in CHI extended abstract format that address the workshop themes and highlighted topics provided in the call. To foster broader participation, we also encourage designers and other industry practitioners to submit alternative material of rough equivalence (e.g., a design portfolio, white paper, or similar). Submissions will be accepted based on the relevance and development of the chosen topic, as well as their potential to contribute to the workshop discussions and goals. Papers will be peer-reviewed by the workshop’s Program Committee, a list of which can be found on the workshop website:

Please submit position papers or industry relevant materials to the workshop organizers at by December 14, 2016. Acceptance decisions will be sent out by January 10, 2017 and camera-ready versions due at the end of January and will be made available on the workshop website. At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!

Workshop co-organizers:
Pamela Wisniewski (University of Central Florida)
Jessica Vitak (University of Maryland)
Xinru Page (Bentley University)
Bart Knijnenburg (Clemson University)
Yang Wang (Syracuse University)
Casey Fiesler (University of Colorado Boulder)

Timeline for Submission & Review

  • December 14, 2016: Position paper deadline for consideration (11:59pm PT)
  • December 15, 2016 -January 5, 2017: Submissions reviewed by program committee
  • January 10, 2017: Notifications sent to authors
  • January 31, 2017: Camera-ready versions of position papers due

Final submissions and questions about the workshop should be sent to