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PEP05: UM05 WORKSHOP ON PRIVACY-ENHANCED PERSONALIZATION

Personalizing people's interaction with computer systems entails  
gathering considerable amounts of data about them. As numerous recent  
surveys have consistently demonstrated, computer users are very  
concerned about their privacy. Moreover, the collection of personal  
data is also subject to legal regulations in many countries and states.  
Such regulations impact a number of frequently employed personalization  
methods. This workshop will explore the potential of research on  
"privacy-enhanced personalization," which aims at reconciling the goals  
and methods of user modeling and personalization with privacy  
constraints imposed by individual preferences, conventions and laws. It  
will look at, e.g., the following questions:

- How much personal data do individual personalization methods really  
need? Can we find out in advance or in hindsight what types of data  
contribute to reasonably successful personalization in a specific  
application domain, and restrict data collection to these types of  
data?
- Is client-side personalization a possible answer to privacy concerns  
and legal restrictions? What technical, legal and business obstacles  
will have to be overcome?
- In what way should the user be involved in privacy decisions? What  
does appropriate notice and choice look like, and what rights must and  
should be granted?
- Will we need trusted third parties, and what services will we need  
them to provide?
- How much can we benefit from anonymity or pseudonymity  
infrastructures, and are there limits that should be observed?
- Are distributed user models an answer or a problem from a privacy  
perspective?
- Does personalization in a mobile context pose additional challenges?  
How can they be overcome?
- Do mobile user models pose additional privacy problems?
- How can multi-user personalized systems cater to the privacy  
constraints of each individual user?
- What should an ideal legal framework look like from the perspective  
of privacy-enhanced personalization?
- Are special provisions necessary in the case of people with  
disabilities and student-adaptive educational systems?

The one-day workshop will be held during the Tenth International  
Conference on User Modeling in Edinburgh, Scotland  
(http://gate.ac.uk/conferences/um2005/um05.html). It is intended for  
researchers and practitioners both in the domain of personalization  
systems and in the area of privacy and security who will make active  
contributions to the workshop. Two types of contributions are invited:
- Papers describing (ongoing) work on one or more of the topics for the  
workshop (8 page maximum)
- Position statements regarding one or more of the topics for the  
workshop (2 page maximum)

Both papers and position statements should be prepared according to the  
UM05 Instructions for Authors  
(http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-164-2-72376 
-0,00.html) and be sent to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] by March  
7, 2005. Each paper and position statement will be reviewed by at least  
two reviewers. Accepted contributions will be published in the workshop  
proceedings and will be available on the Web before the workshop.  
Depending on the quality of the accepted papers, a post-conference book  
publication is also envisaged.

Workshop co-chairs:
Alfred Kobsa, University of California, Irvine, CA
Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Program committee:
John Canny, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Clare-Marie Karat, IBM Watson Research Center,  Hawthorne, NJ
Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia
Sarah Spiekermann, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Loren Terveen, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Additional information on this workshop will become available at  
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~kobsa/PEP05


Alfred Kobsa
University of California, Irvine
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~kobsa

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