Call for Papers

13th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS 2013)
Bloomington, Indiana, USA
July 10 – 12, 2013

The Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) aims to advance the state of the art and foster a world-wide community of researchers and practitioners to discuss innovation and new perspectives.

PETS seeks paper and panel submissions for its 13th event to be held in July, 2013. Papers should present novel theoretical or practical research into the design, analysis, experimentation, or fielding of privacy-enhancing technologies. While PETS has traditionally been home to research on anonymity systems, we strongly encourage submissions in topics such as cryptography, HCI, data privacy, and in emerging areas (e.g., mobile, social, cloud, ubiquitous). Some suggested topics are listed below.

PETS website:

Key Dates (all deadlines are firm):

PETS abstract submission deadline:February 15, 2013, 23:59 GMT
PETS paper submission deadline:February 19, 2013, 23:59 GMT
PETS author notification:March 30, 2013
PETS camera-ready deadline for proceedings:April 27, 2013

Suggested Topics include but are not restricted to:

General Chair (
XiaoFeng Wang, Indiana University Bloomington
Program Chairs (
Emiliano De Cristofaro, PARC
Matthew Wright, University of Texas at Arlington
HotPETs chairs (
Prateek Mittal, UC Berkeley
Reza Shokri, EPFL
Program Committee:
Alessandro Acquisti, Carnegie Mellon University
Kevin Bauer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Michael Brennan, Drexel University
Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich
Claude Castelluccia, INRIA Rhone-Alpes
Alexei Czeskis, University of Washington
George Danezis, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
Simone Fischer-Huebner, Karlstad University
Julien Freudiger, PARC
Xinwen Fu, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Seda Gurses, K.U. Leuven
Michael Hay, Colgate University
Jean-Pierre Hubaux, EPFL
Aaron Johnson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Jaeyeon Jung, Microsoft Research Redmond
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Markulf Kohlweiss, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs—Research
Adam J. Lee, University of Pittsburgh
Anja Lehmann, IBM Research—Zurich
Marc Liberatore, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University
Benjamin Livshits, Microsoft Research Redmond
Damon McCoy, George Mason University
Prateek Mittal, University of California, Berkeley
Gregory Neven, IBM Research—Zurich
Melek Önen, Eurecom
Claudio Orlandi, Aarhus University
Siani Pearson, HP Labs, Bristol
Alessandra Sala, Bell Labs Ireland
Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano
Elaine Shi, University of Maryland, College Park
Reza Shokri, EPFL
Radu Sion, Stony Brook University
Jessica Staddon, Google
Carmela Troncoso, Gradiant
Eugene Vasserman, Kansas State University
Lingyu Wang, Concordia University
Ting Yu, North Carolina State University
Nan Zhang, The George Washington University
Local Arrangements Committee:
Apu Kapadia, Indiana University Bloomington
Raquel Hill, Indiana University Bloomington
Haixu Tang, Indiana University Bloomington

Submission Guidelines
Papers to be submitted to the PET Symposium must be at most 20 pages (including the bibliography), plus optional appendices of at most 10 pages. PC members are not required to read the appendices, which will not be included in the final proceedings and should only be used to support evidence of paper's technical validity, e.g., for detailed security proofs. Papers must conform to the Springer LNCS style (in which the text area per page is a little smaller than 5" x 7 3/4"). Follow the "Information for Authors" link at Also, all papers must be anonymized and follow the basic principles of ethical research (more information below). Papers not following these instructions risk being rejected without consideration of their merits.

Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a venue with proceedings.

The paper should start with the title and an abstract. The introduction should give some background and summarize the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader.

Anonymization of Submissions
All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality and relevance through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to make a good-faith effort to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Minimally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:

Ethics (new this year)
Papers describing experiments with users or user data (e.g. network traffic), should follow the basic principles of ethical research, e.g., beneficence (maximizing the benefits to an individual or to society while minimizing harm to the individual), minimal risk (appropriateness of the risk versus benefit ratio), voluntary consent, respect for privacy, and limited deception. Authors may be asked to include explanation of how ethical principles were followed in their final papers should questions arise during the review process.

Papers may include a brief discussion of ethical considerations, e.g., whether data was anonymized and stored in encrypted form, but should not reveal information that might de-anonymize the submission, e.g., mentioning that an IRB (or similar body) was consulted, as many researchers do not have access to an IRB.

Proceedings will be published by Springer and made available at the symposium. By submitting a paper, you agree that if it is accepted, you will sign a paper distribution agreement allowing for publication, and also that an author of the paper will register for the symposium and present the paper there. Our current working agreement with Springer is that authors will retain copyright on their own works while assigning an exclusive 3-year distribution license to Springer. Authors may still post their papers on their own Web sites.

Best Student Paper Award
The Andreas Pftzmann PETS 2013 Best Student Paper Award will be selected at PETS 2013. Papers written solely or primarily by a student who is presenting the work at PETS 2013 are eligible for the award.

Paper abstracts must be received by February 15, 2013, 23:59 GMT (7pm EST), and submissions must be received by February 19, 2013, 23:59 GMT (7pm EST). Submit via the PETS 2013 EasyChair submission server at

As with the last several years, part of the symposium will be devoted to HotPETs — the hottest, most exciting research ideas still in a formative state. See the HotPETs CFP for more information.

Panel Submissions
We also invite proposals of up to 2 pages for panel discussions or other relevant presentations. In your proposal, (1) describe the nature of the presentation and why it is appropriate to the symposium, (2) suggest a duration for the presentation (ideally between 45 and 90 minutes), and (3) suggest some possible presenters.

Submit your proposal in the same manner as a PET Symposium paper, by the same deadline. Please begin your panel title with "Panel Proposal:". The program committee will consider panel proposals along with other symposium events and will respond by the paper decision date with an indication of its interest in scheduling the event. The proceedings will contain 1-page abstracts of the presentations that take place at the symposium. Each contact author for an accepted panel proposal must prepare and submit this abstract in the Springer LNCS style by the "PETS camera-ready deadline for proceedings" deadline date.