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SOUPS 2015: Usable Privacy and Security and the Human Factor

posted by Nichole Dwyer
July 28, 2015

The CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) 11th Annual Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) was hosted by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada on July 22-24, 2015. CUPS Director Lorrie Cranor welcomed the attendees for three days of workshops and proceedings with participation from researchers in business, academia and government. SOUPS underlying theme every year is the human aspect in usable privacy and security. The theme is readily apparent in the keynote address and the proceedings, all dishing up the factor with varying methodologies.

Valerie Steeves, SOUPS keynoteOpening the conference was keynote speaker Dr. Valerie Steeves, Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, with her presentation titled, “Online Privacy for Kids: What Works, What Doesn’t.” Her presentation described the diversity of people impacted by digital privacy and security. She warned that the current digital privacy landscape leaves many children open to exploitation from commercial interests. Dr. Steeves went on to discuss that children conceptualize digital privacy very differently from adults. She summed up the keynote by describing her feelings towards the current data protection model and how it does not reflect kids' online world, and children need anonymity, space to explore identity and self-expression, and freedom from the commercialization that pushes impossible standards upon them. To read more about Dr. Steeves’ address, please visit CyBlog.

Aside from the keynote, the symposium included 22 papers and 30 posters. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), home to the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Lab and the MSIT-Privacy Engineering Masters Program, was well-represented at the symposium.SOUPS 2015 poster session

In addition to the IAPP SOUPS Privacy Award winning paper, “My Data Just Goes Everywhere: User Mental Models of the Internet and Implications for Privacy and Security" by Ruogu Kang (HCII, CMU), Laura Dabbish (HCII & Heinz, CMU), Nathaniel Fruchter (Heinz, CMU), and Sara Kiesler (HCII, CMU); two other CMU papers were presented:

CMU also presented 2 posters, both of which were SOUPS Distinguished Poster Award winners:

SOUPS 2015 proceedings are available for download from USENIX.

SOUPS 2016 will be held June 22-24 in Denver, Colorado.

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