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New deadline: September 30, 2008

User Centered Security

1-day workshop at NordiCHI 2008 - Lund, Sweden, October 19, 2008

For further information, see 

The workshop will explore the possibilities of a user-centered  
perspective on
security. With exceptions, existing research may be criticized for  
being highly
system-centered, focusing on how one may change user behavior to deal  
the requirements of security, or on how security aspects can be  
automated and
made invisible to users, only to foster problems as things break down.
Perspectives known from later waves of HCI, such as situated action,
transparency, mediation, etc. have barely been introduced into the  
security arena and neither have e.g. user-centered, participatory,  
human-centered or experience-based design approaches. In accordance  
with the
methodological and conceptual development of HCI at large we see a  
need and a
great potential for a user-centered approach to usable security.
The workshop will outline a user-centered alternative, and discuss its
implications. We will address a possible change in perspective along a  
number of
dimensions, e.g. the span from threat to resource, experience, scale,
transparency, participation and democracy.

The security area has recognized that usability and experience are  
important for
progressing IT security for everyday users. However, there is much  
need to
progress this research to embrace newer HCI theory and methodology. Such
also offers interesting alternative conceptions to the security  
fieldʼs focus on
threats, surveillance, and on keeping security issues as hidden from  
the users as
possible. At the same time, security challenges HCI conceptions of e.g.
transparency and complexity. By truly offering second and third wave HCI
thinking to the security field, we project that it is possible to  
bring forth a truly user
centered approach to security.  This workshop further brings  
democratic thinking and participatory design into the equation.

We invite participants to bring forth contributions in this direction.
Contributions can be, but are not limited to
• empirical studies of security technology in use,
• user-centered security design cases
• experience-based, human-centered or value-based perspectives on
• discussions regarding theoretical foundations for user-centered  
• specific design methods, patterns and principles.

Intended audience
Researchers and practitioners in
• various branches of user centered/participatory/value-based/human-
centered/experience-based design, and
• security.

Expected number, balance and selection of participants
Maximum 20 participants from relevant communities and geographical  
Selection will be based on submitted position papers.

Deadline for 2 page position statements: September 30, 2008. Send  
submission to
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Outcomes of the workshop
The workshop will work to produce a Manifesto of User Centered  
Security, to be
published e.g. in ACM Interactions.

Description of activities planned
Participation will be based on reviewed two-page position papers.  
Organizers will
do the reviewing.
The workshop format will be dominated by active discussion among the
participants in order to work towards the production of a manifesto  
for user
centred security. There will be short presentations by the participant  
in order to
set the scene for these discussions.

Presentation of participants and introduction by organizers
Short (5 minute) presentations of position papers
Introduction to group discussions
Group discussions of Manifesto for User Centered Security
Plenary, summing up and selection of editors for Manifesto

Organisers' names and backgrounds
Susanne Bødker, Ph.d. Professor, Department of Computer Science,  
of Aarhus. Susanne has a background in participatory design, HCI  
theory and
works with user-centred security from the perspective of citizenʼs  
interaction with
public information systems.

Marianne Graves Pedersen, Ph.d. Associate professor, Department of  
Science, University of Aarhus. Marianne specializes in interaction  
design for
everyday technology and works with user-centred security from an  

Niels Mathiassen Ph.d.-student, Department of Computer Science,  
University of
Aarhus. Niels works with usable security and usersʼ secure experiences.

Prof. dr. scient Susanne Bødker
Department of Computer Science
University of Aarhus
+45 89425630
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Prof. dr. scient Susanne Bødker
Department of Computer Science
University of Aarhus
+45 89425630

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