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We’re really excited to launch this initiative, please spread the word -
Deadline approaching!


*Bridging Industry and Academia to Tackle Responsible Research and Privacy
Practices *

*Location: *Facebook in New York City *Dates: *November 2-3, 2017

*Workshop Organizers: *

Margaret Honda, Future of Privacy Forum

Xinru Page, Bentley University

Pamela Wisniewski, University of Central Florida

Jen Romano-Bergstrom, Instagram and UXPA

Sona Makker, Facebook

Norberto Andrade, Facebook

*Advisory Board: *

** Christopher Clifton, *Perdue University

** Lorrie Cranor, *Carnegie Mellon University

** Lauri Kanerva, *Facebook

** Helen Nissenbaum, *Cornell Tech and New York University

** Jules Polonetsky, *Future of Privacy Forum

*Overview *

As more human interactions move online and the amount and variety of
information shared digitally continues to grow, decisions regarding the
collection, sharing, and use of this data must take into account both
ethical and privacy considerations. It is important that industry and
academia come together to find joint solutions for making these difficult
decisions regarding privacy and ethics to maximize the benefits of
data-driven research and practices, while ensuring that harms and negative
outcomes are prevented. To bridge communication between these communities,
we are organizing a workshop for thought leaders from academia, industry
and civil society to identify common goals, establish a long-term vision,
and initiate working teams for tangible projects focused on responsible
research ethics and privacy practices around user data. The workshop will
kick-off with a keynote from Facebook’s Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Rob
Sherman, and a panel discussion from our advisory board members.

*Workshop Themes *

1. *Data Analytics and Privacy-Preserving Technologies. *How should
organizations decide which data uses and applications are fair and
appropriate? What are the strengths and limitations of privacy-preserving
techniques, such as differential privacy and obfuscation, to remove
sensitive information or add uncertainty to a dataset before it is
released, or before further services are developed with data? In what
contexts have privacy preserving technologies been deployed to unlock new
types of data analysis while guaranteeing meaningful protection of privacy?

2. *Privacy and Ethics in User Research. *Data-driven research conducted to
understand people’s behavior online raises questions about the types of
research practices and techniques that should be used to respect privacy
(e.g. around de-identification and re-identification of individuals through
data-mining, linking, merging and re-using of large datasets). How might
ethical considerations guide new data collection and use practices so that
they respect privacy and promote societal benefits for all?

3. *People-Centered Privacy Design. *The privacy landscape has for too long
been dominated by long policy statements and formal consent processes. By
leveraging design thinking, there is an opportunity to raise the bar and
reorient our approach to privacy in a way that puts people at the center.
How can organizations use design thinking to provide people better
visibility and control over their data? And how can a more people-focused
approach enable us to reorient toward a modern, innovative approach to

*Workshop Goals *

Initiatives in each of these areas continues to gain considerable momentum,
making it the opportune time to identify promising avenues for forming new
academic and private sector collaborations. Toward this end, the goals for
this workshop are to:

* Convene experts in each of the three focus areas to highlight recent
advances and integrate different perspectives from the various communities.

* Foster new collaborations and start working together to forge meaningful
progress in these areas by creating working groups.

At the workshop, we will develop concrete project proposals and solidify
new partnerships across disciplinary lines by drafting goal-specific
research or design proposals. The teams will pursue these projects after
the conclusion of the workshop. The outcomes of this inaugural meeting will
be sustained through future workshops that will be co-created by our
growing community – if you attend this workshop, you will be expected to
collaborate with your working group and return to the next workshop (in
about a year) to present group outcomes.

*Call for Participation *

Our intent is to bring together experts from different fields who are
engaging in research or initiatives in the themed areas outlined above. To
encourage a diverse set of attendees, we ask those who are interested to
provide their resume or CV and a 1 to 2-page submission that includes the
following information (no specific format required):

1. *Biosketch. *A one to two paragraph biosketch that provides an
introduction to who you are and your background. Clearly articulate whether
you come from industry, academia, or civil society.

2. *Project Theme. *A description of your planned or existing research
projects that aligns with one of the three themes. Clearly indicate the
progress you have made, lessons learned, as well as the contribution of the
work to the field.

3. *Influence. *A statement on how you would be influential within your
respective community in disseminating the workshop outcomes after the
conclusion of the workshop.

Please send submissions to [log in to unmask] Submissions are due *September
22nd, 2017, 11:59PM EST*. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by the workshop
program committee and will be accepted based on selection criteria that
ensures a diverse set of attendees who are able to work together on the
relevant workshop themes and goals. Limited travel funding will be
available to workshop participants based on need.

For more information, including schedule, housing options, and sponsors,
see our website:

*Program Committee: *

Adam Smith, Boston University

Bart Knijnenberg, Clemson University

Casey Fiesler, University of Colorado Boulder

Janice Tsai, Mozilla

Jed Brubaker, University of Colorado Boulder

Jessica Vitak, University of Maryland

Lorraine Kisselburgh, Purdue University

Luke Stark, Dartmouth College

Marco Gaboardi, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Mary Ellen Zurko, Independent Consultant

Nicholas Proferes, University of Kentucky

Norah Abokhodair, Microsoft

Rachel Cummings, Georgia Tech

Shannon Vallor, Santa Clara University

Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law

Yang Wang, Syracuse University

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