HotPETs 2019

The HotPETs schedule is available!

Call for Talks

12th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs 2019)
Held in conjunction with the 19th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
July 19, 2019
General information:

The Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs) fosters new ideas and spirited debates on privacy. We are seeking engaging and informative 10–15 minute talks on new, unusual, or controversial topics in privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), each of which will be followed by a 5–10 minute Q&A. Short, written talk proposals should be sent by May 24th, 2019, to HotPETs' discussion-oriented format is especially suited to works in progress and new ideas from both within and outside of the typical PETS community.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


Submission Deadline: May 24, 2019
Submission Notification: May 31, 2019

Send submissions or questions to

Who should submit:

We invite submissions from activists, artists, developers, journalists, lawyers, public servants, researchers, scholars, or anyone who can give a compelling, novel talk about privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies. PETS and HotPETS attract world-renowned experts on the research, development, and practice of PETs, and is an exciting venue for connecting with this community.

If you are planning to attend PETS for the first time, are someone who works with communities that need or use PETS technologies, or work on challenges that complement PETS' core scholarly work, we especially encourage you to submit! The chairs are always happy to answer questions about the process or expectations.

Some example talks:

What to submit:

Interested speakers should submit two-page talk proposals that offer an overview of the presentation, including any results or conclusions that will be shared. HotPETs strives for engaging and entertaining talks and focused discussions, so proposals should clearly and concisely illustrate what is interesting or novel about the subject being addressed.

Because speaker submissions are not anonymous, speakers are also encouraged to provide links to additional work (e.g., software, talk videos, websites, papers) within your proposal. The HotPETs chairs will strive to incorporate these additional sources into the review process, although in-depth review of material beyond what is contained in the submission text is not guaranteed.

HotPETs has no official proceedings, but accepted submissions will be made available on the HotPETs website (speakers may revise them after acceptance). Speakers may have the option to include talk-related resources, such as slides or software, on the HotPETs website. With speaker consent, recordings of HotPETs talks may be made during the workshop and posted online after the event.

What to submit:

Proposals must no more than two pages (including references) and include a title and a full list of authors responsible for the work to be presented (one of whom must give the talk). The proposal should be submitted as a PDF document, and we recommend that proposals use either this Word template or this LaTeX template

Submission Review:

The HotPETs chairs will review the submissions and make the final decisions on acceptance. The chairs may request external input or advice to make fully informed decisions.

Priority will be given to submissions that have clear potential to create an engaging workshop for speakers and attendees. Accepted submissions may include those that provoke interesting discussion, provide unique insight or value to the PETs community, share new and emerging PETs-related research, or have the potential to expand awareness of and participation in the PETS community.

HotPETs Best Talk Award:

The goal of HotPETs is to present talks that are informative, engaging, and even entertaining. To recognize such talks, each year HotPETs concludes with a vote by the audience for its favorite talk. The talk with the most votes wins the Best Talk Award!

HotPETs chairs: