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Sameer Patil <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 24 May 2005 08:28:05 -0700
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Appropriate Methodology for Empirical Studies of Privacy
September 12-16, 2005, Rome, Italy

Position paper deadline: June 3rd, 2005
Notification of acceptance: June 6th, 2005
Workshop: September 12, 2005

The workshop aims to reflect on appropriate methodology to empirically
study privacy issues related to technology by drawing upon both
theoretical perspectives as well as practical experiences. Successful as
well as failed empirical investigations could prove quite illuminating
for this purpose. Some of the questions the workshop plans to address
- What methodologies are suited for studying privacy in what kinds of
- What criteria could be applied to determine appropriateness of a given
methodology for a given setting?
- For each methodology, what are the best practices to follow and the
pitfalls to avoid?
- For each methodology, how could bias be avoided?
- In what ways do methodologies complement each other?
- Given that cultural values regarding privacy, and legal and policy
aspects of privacy reflexively influence each other, could we hope to
isolate the effect of each of these on privacy practices? If so, how?
- In what ways can we address the mismatch between stated user
preferences and actual user practices?

The workshop will bring together a diverse mix of researchers as well as
practitioners from any of the following fields: HCI, CSCW, psychology,
sociology, anthropology, computer science, and interaction design. Those
interested in participating in the workshop should submit a position
paper up to 4 pages in length. Position papers can address any theme
relevant to the topic of the workshop - ranging from descriptions of
specific experiments or studies, to analysis of strengths and weaknesses
of a particular methodology, to methodological challenges posed by a
particular domain. Participants will be selected based on the relevance
of the position paper, and on how well they will help achieve the goals
of the workshop. Organizers will strive to create a diverse mix of
individuals from academia and industry in order to derive varied
perspectives regarding privacy.

Position papers should be sent via email to
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Natalia Romero
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Evelien Perik
Philips Research Labs, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Sameer Patil
University of California, Irvine

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