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======================= Call for papers ======================


CLaw: 4th Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud and Pervasive Computing (IoT) 


8 Oct 2018, Singapore

in conjunction with Ubicomp ( and ISWC 2018 ( )




*** CLaw takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the tech-legal challenges of emerging technologies ***


We are moving towards realising the broader visions of ubiquitous and pervasive computing, such as smart cities that seamlessly support a vast range of applications. At the same time, we see technology subject to increasing public commentary, political scrutiny and regulatory attention.


As a result, existing (and proposed) regulatory and governance regimes place obligations on those who manage (process, use and collect) data; a high-profile example is the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In many cases, the end-users of applications have certain ‘rights’ that must be respected—and those developing, providing, offering and using technology bear various degrees of responsibility, which must be properly managed.


Managing these rights and responsibilities is becoming increasingly complex, both technically and legally. Many of the challenges stem from the increasingly, composite, automated, dynamic and often opaque nature of technology and its supporting ecosystems. The challenges are set to increase, as computing becomes increasingly pervasive and ubiquitous, and as visions of smart cities and the IoT become a reality.


Building on the successes of the previous workshops, CLaw 2018 aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary exploration of the technical and legal challenges as regards emerging technology, with a particular focus on its increasingly pervasive and ubiquitous nature.




The key goal of this workshop is to stimulate a multidisciplinary discussion and new directions on these important issues. As such, we welcome a wide range of submissions, whether technical, legal or thought pieces to stimulate debate. Note that for those technically-oriented - fully implemented and evaluated systems are not essential, and application-specific papers are welcome.


All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.


Some suggested topics, in no particular order, include:


* Considerations re the sensing/collection, storage and management of personal data

* Technical approaches for managing legal obligations (privacy, user rights, SLAs, government access, …)

* Accountability, audit and proof of compliance with regulation

* Transparency in pervasive computing environments

* Compatibility issues between regulation and technical implementation

* The interplay of sensors, cloud, privacy and surveillance

* Privacy and security in ubiquituous and cloud computing environments

* Forensics and investigation (failures, security breaches)

* Emerging cloud technologies (decentralised clouds: cloudlets, droplets; containment mechanisms)

* Implications of fog and edge computing

* Emerging cloud and infrastructure service models (X as a Service)

* Issues relating to big data, analytics and machine learning

* Data localisation: from centralisation to regional data stores (data stays in country X) to personal data stores (data stays at ‘home’) to micro-data stores (per-device). 

* Liability and safety aspects of automated systems and actuation

* Encryption, security technologies and responsibility

* Machine learning, profiling and analytics considerations

* Distributed analytics and machine learning

* Usability, interfaces, and the tech-legal implications

* Fairness, anti-discrimination, human rights, privacy and power issues regarding emerging technology

* Interaction between cloud and IoT and consumer-facing business models

* Fairness, anti-discrimination, human rights, privacy and power issues regarding emerging technology

* Application / sector specific considerations; e.g. wellness, healthcare, finance, law enforcement


Important dates

* Paper submission: 22 Jul 2018

* Author notification: 8 Aug 2018

* Final camera ready: TBD

* Workshop date: 8 Oct 2018


For further details, including formatting and submission instructions, please see



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