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Privacy and Security for Everyone, Anytime, Anywhere

6th Workshop on Inclusive Privacy and Security (WIPS)

Important Dates

Workshop submission deadline: Thursday, June 10, 2021
Workshop submission acceptance notification to authors: Monday, June 21, 2021
Workshop camera ready papers due: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Workshop dates: August 7th (Saturday) and August 8th, 2021 (Sunday)
Anonymization: Submissions are NOT to be anonymized
Page limit: 4 pages (excluding references and/or appendix)
Formatting: Minimum 1” margins, minimum 11pt text, single-space

Submission Site

Submission link


WIPS2021 is part of the SOUPS2021 conference

Scope and Focus

Security and privacy challenges confront all participants in modern society, but particular groups may experience unique or uneven privacy and security concerns. These groups may face distinctive obstacles to addressing issues, and their particular needs and concerns may not be well understood beyond those groups. Traditionally, inclusive design has addressed physical accessibility as well as needs arising from age, disability, or environment. While this work remains critical, our community also increasingly recognizes the importance of accounting for the needs of vulnerable users and marginalized groups. The workshop deliberately avoids any concrete definitions of what "vulnerable" means in this context. We encourage a diverse discussion of groups and situations, without prejudice.

In this workshop, we explore the privacy and security experiences and needs of vulnerable user groups (and affected non-users). We are also interested in populations or roles in our society (e.g., lawyers, journalists, politicians, activists, medical providers) that support and/or affect the lives of vulnerable individuals. We will endeavor to uncover new ways of taking a more inclusive approach to appreciating and addressing privacy and security challenges. We also seek to identify the unintended harms that can result from privacy and security technology.

The objectives of our workshop are as follows:

i) To broaden participants' awareness of diverse privacy and security concerns.

ii) To map out fundamental research questions for the emerging field of inclusive privacy and security.

iii) To share and compile design guidelines and best practices that are relevant to inclusive design.

iv) To form collaborations among researchers in this space.

We expect participation from those who want technology respectful of society's diverse security and privacy needs, who seek to ensure that technology is accessible and appropriate for a wider user base, or who endeavour to improve the experience of vulnerable groups. We encourage participation from those who are not yet actively working in inclusive privacy and security!

We enthusiastically encourage participation from those who require accessibility accommodations. If you require accommodations, you can tell us about those by emailing the organizers at


We are soliciting short papers (<= 4 pages, excluding references and/or appendix) related to inclusive privacy and security:

i) Previously published results

ii) Works-in-progress

iii) Proposals of design principles, processes, methodologies and/or solutions for specific situations, or generalizable to support a wide range of groups or operational environments

As part of each submission, through the submission form, we will ask the authors to identify their participant population, the privacy or security issues studied, any design guidelines proposed, and methodologies used. Depending on the format of the submission, not all of these categories may be relevant.

Submissions should be made via HotCRP. Questions about the workshop, including submissions, should be sent to the organizers at

In place of traditional live paper presentations, authors of accepted papers will record a five-minute video presentation, which will be uploaded to and archived on YouTube by the WIPS organizers. These videos will be shared with workshop participants ahead of the workshop. In addition, authors will play an active role in workshop activities.

Tentative Agenda

Saturday, August 7th, 2021: (US Eastern Time)

12:00pm - 12:15pm: Introduction, discussion of goals, establishment of group norms

12:15pm - 12:20pm: 5 min break, sorting into breakout rooms

12:20am - 12:50pm: What does it mean to do “inclusive” research?

12:50pm - 1:00pm: Large Group Share

1:00pm - 1:05pm: 5 min break, sorting into breakout rooms

1:05pm - 1:35pm: Who are our participant populations and what are our contexts?

1:35pm - 1:45pm: Large Group Share

1:45pm - 2:00pm: 15 min break, resuming breakout rooms

2:00pm - 2:30pm: Where do we go next?

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Large Group Sharing and Reflection

Sunday, August 8th, 2021: (US Eastern Time)

12:00pm - 12:15pm: Introduction, discussion of goals, establishment of group norms

12:15pm - 1:00pm: Card activity

1:00pm - 1:05pm: 5 min break, sorting into breakout rooms

1:05pm - 1:30pm: Set-Up Phase for Jigsaw Activity

1:30pm - 1:45pm: End breakout rooms, group address, break and reading time, new breakout rooms formed

1:45pm - 2:30pm: Brainstorming and Summary for Jigsaw Activity

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Group Sharing and Reflection

Accepted Papers


Organizer Bios (alphabetical order)

Tousif Ahmed is a researcher at Samsung Research America. His research spans various topics in usable security and privacy including accessible privacy and security, mobile and digital health, security and privacy of wearable devices, and privacy preserving health monitoring. He investigated the ways to improve the privacy and security issues of people with visual impairments using wearable cameras.

Taslima Akter is a fifth-year PhD student in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington, advised by Dr. Apu Kapadia. Her research focuses on understanding the privacy risks and concerns of people with visual impairments and bystanders with camera-based assistive technology designed for people with visual impairments. In her dissertation, she is working towards designing privacy-aware assistive systems for people with visual impairments.

Joe Calandrino the research director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation. His office conducts technical research related to the FTC’s consumer protection mission, examining topics such as consumer fraud, online advertising, financial technologies, and connected devices. His agency seeks to ensure that its efforts benefit all consumers including older adults, military service members and veterans, non-English-speaking consumers, and a wide variety of other groups.

Lynne Coventry is a research professor in the school of health and life sciences at Northumbria University, UK. She is director of PactLab – a research group exploring the role of technology in our everyday lives and the interdisciplinary Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research. Her research focuses on the interaction between psychology, design and security/privacy behaviours for a wide range of user types and contexts of use including children and cyberbullying, security compliance in the workplace, older adults, stigmatised groups including those living with HIV, and universal design of privacy and security to optimise inclusion and accessibility.

Sanchari Das is an Assistant Professor at the Computer Science department in the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver. Her research lab researches focus on computer security, privacy, education, human-computer interaction, social computing, accessibility, inclusivity, and digital technologies sustainability. Her research interest extends to explore the impact of digital breaches on everyday life, especially for the group, including children, older adults, the disabled community, and others. She mainly explores the privacy and security of innovative everyday technologies such as Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality, IoT devices, etc.

Roberto Hoyle is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Oberlin College. His research focuses on extending the benefits of security and privacy to underserved populations that may not benefit from the same privacy protection settings as the general population. He has investigated privacy needs and preferences of children in foster care, transgender activists, and people with a visual impairment, and how current technology, such as egocentric cameras, could be used to protect privacy.

Ada Lerner is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College, where their research program focuses on inclusive security and privacy. Their work seeks to understand and design technology, using a mix of qualitative, quantitative, design, and measurement methods, in order to enable technology and computation to support the needs of key actors and marginalized groups in our democratic free society. Examples of populations with whom they have worked include lawyers, journalists, resettled refugees, and transgender people.

Abigail Marsh is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Macalester College, where their research focuses on the usable privacy concerns of situations where multiple stakeholders have access to one account or device, including familial and romantic relationships, older adults and their caretakers, and many other groups. They additionally research privacy and security concerns introduced by assistive technology.

Shruti Sannon is a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. Shruti’s research examines how power asymmetries in sociotechnical systems impact users, particularly those from marginalized groups. Her recent work focuses on economically precarious workers and workers with disabilities in the gig economy. The goal of her research is to inform how technologies can be designed to be more inclusive and privacy-protective for users with diverse needs and experiences.

Imani Sherman is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida in the Human-Centered Computing program. She received a Master of Science in Computer Science from Kentucky State University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton. Her research focuses on improving the security and privacy-related experiences of underrepre- sented, historically-excluded, and often ignored populations so that all people can begin to have secure, private, and self-directed interactions with various technologies.

Yang Wang is an associate professor of information science, and by courtesy, computer science, in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he co-directs the Social Computing Systems (SALT) Lab. His research is centered around usable privacy and security, and social computing. His recent research focuses on designing privacy mechanisms for underserved groups such as people with disabilities.

Yaxing Yao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research focuses on understanding privacy risks and people’s privacy concerns in emerging technologies, and designing, implementing, and evaluating privacy mechanisms to protect people’s privacy. In his dissertation work, he looked at the privacy expectations of different stakeholders in smart homes as well as their expected privacy mechanisms.

Program Committee (alphabetical order)

Abigail Marsh (Macalester College)
Ada Lerner (Wellesley College)
Emily Tseng (Cornell Tech)
Imani N. Sherman (University of Florida)
Joseph Calandrino (Federal Trade Commission)
Kentrell Owens (University of Washington)
Lucy Qin (Brown University)
Lynne Coventry (Northumbria University)
Mirela Silva (University of Florida)
Norbert Nthala (Michigan State University)
Periwinkle Doerfler (New York University)
Roberto Hoyle (Oberlin College)
Sanchari Das (University of Denver)
Shruti Sannon (Drexel University)
Taslima Akter, PC co-chair, (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Tousif Ahmed, PC co-chair, (Samsung Research America)
Yang Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Yaxing Yao (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)