HotPETs 2024

Call for HotPETs

17th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs 2024)
Held in conjunction with the 24th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
July 20, 2024
General information:

What is HotPETs?

The Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs) brings together activists, artists, developers, journalists, public servants, and researchers to explore new directions on privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies. We are excited to host spirited debates in an environment that foster new ideas.

This year, we are seeking participants who want to lead a discussion on a topic or take that is new, unusual, controversial, or otherwise "Hot" and related to privacy enhancing technologies (PETs). Your talk should consist of a quick introduction (maximum 10 minutes) to the topic aimed at getting everyone in the room, regardless of field or speciality, up to speed followed by questions or topics to be considered by the HotPETs participants. This format provides a safe and welcoming environment to discuss works in progress, unorthodox approaches, controversial ideas, and new ideas from both within and outside of the typical PETS community.

Short, written talk proposals should be sent by May 14th to


Submission Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 23:59 AoE
Submission Notification: Friday, May 17, 2024

Send submissions or questions to

Who should submit:

We invite submissions from activists, artists, developers, journalists, public servants, researchers (from computer science to social science and law), and 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.

PETs is hybrid this year, and we encourage HotPETs presenters to attend in person. Travel stipends may be available to help presenters attend, but purely virtual attendance is also an option for presenters and attendees alike.

Some example HotPETs:

What to submit:

In the interest of time and to facilitate a quick selection process, we ask you to submit a title and abstract via email. The talk proposal should answer the following questions:

How to submit:

Please submit your proposals no later than May 14, 2024 by email to Your proposal should be included in the email, and not in a separate attachment. Submissions usually include:

Proposal Review:

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

Unlike PETS, HotPETs is curated rather than peer-reviewed. The set of proposals that will be accepted will be chosen to create a coherent and engaging workshop for speakers and attendees. Within this aim, priority will be given to accepted proposals that provoke interesting discussion, provide unique insight or value to the PETs community, share new and emerging PETs-related research, that have not been published before, 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 will win the Best Talk Award!

HotPETs chairs: