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NSPW 2013: Call for Papers and Participation

The Banff Centre, Canada
September 9-12, 2013

The New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) invites papers that address the current limitations of information security.

Today’s security risks are diverse and plentiful — botnets, database breaches, phishing attacks, targeted cyber attacks, social engineering—but present tools for combating them are insufficient. To address these limitations, NSPW welcomes unconventional, promising approaches to important security problems and innovative critiques of current security theory and practice.

We are particularly interested in perspectives from outside computer security, both from other areas of computer science and other sciences that study adversarial relationships such as biology, economics, and the social sciences.

NSPW is a highly interactive venue, with informal paper presentations, lively, extended discussions, shared activities, and group meals, all in the spectacular setting of The Banff Centre, Canada. By encouraging participants to think “outside the box” and giving them an opportunity to communicate with open-minded peers, NSPW seeks to foster paradigm shifts in the field of information security.

NSPW welcomes four categories of submissions:

- Research papers
- Position papers (10 pages maximum)
- Discussion panel proposals
- New! "NSPHD" for doctoral students (10 pages maximum)

As a general guideline, research papers will involve some type of systematic investigation (e.g., a study), whereas position papers tend to be more of an "opinionated analysis." As NSPW favors the bold, do not be overly concerned about category--we embrace almost any type of groundbreaking, quality paper. NSPW also benefits from stimulating panel discussions--if you have an idea for a great panel (with or without suggested panelists), we would love to read your proposal.

In recognition of the innovative work being done by graduate students, we have added a new category for 2013: "New Security Paradigms: Higher and Deeper." If you are working on a disruptive dissertation, and would like the benefit of extensive, expert feedback on your emerging ideas, then please submit a short paper. The format is flexible, but should outline your ideas, any work that you have completed so far, and what you foresee as future work. This forum is best suited for those who can incorporate the workshop discussion into their ongoing doctoral research. This category is much more about process than product, and as such, the submitted papers are preliminary in nature--they are not intended to be archived in the main proceedings as a published result. (If you have a more mature project, you are invited to submit a regular research or position paper.)

We will accept about a dozen papers and invite the authors to attend the three-day workshop at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada from September 9th to 12th. One author of each accepted paper must attend NSPW; other authors may attend on a space-available basis. In order to ensure that all papers receive equally strong feedback, all attendees are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop. (We expect to offer a limited amount of financial aid to those who absolutely require it.) Final proceedings are published after the workshop. Authors always revise their papers to include feedback received at NSPW.

Submission deadline (extended): April 12 2013 23:59 (UTC -12, Y time)
Please submit a PDF file (ACM SIG formatting preferred, Option 1) via EasyChair, https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nspw2013
Notification of acceptance: June 7, 2013
Pre-proceedings version: August 3, 2013 (ACM SIG formatting required, Option 1)
Workshop: September 9-12, 2013 in Banff, Canada
Final version: October 29, 2013

Submissions should include a cover page with justification and attendance statements. A justification statement specifies the category of your submission, briefly describes why your submission is appropriate for NSPW and highlights the new paradigm proposed. An attendance statement specifies which of the authors wish to attend the workshop. All submissions are treated as confidential, both as a matter of policy and in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

NSPW does not accept papers that have been published elsewhere, nor papers that have been submitted to other conferences concurrently. Submissions accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Authors uncertain whether their submission meets the NSPW guidelines should contact the program chairs.

Papers and justification statements should be submitted through our Easychair system (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nspw2013). Papers do not need to be blinded for consideration.

Questions about submissions should be directed to Program Co-Chairs Tara Whalen (tjwhalen@gmail.com) and Tom Longstaff (talcert@gmail.com).

NSPW Organizers
General Chair: Mary Ellen Zurko, Cisco Systems
Registration and Vice-Chair: Konstantin Beznosov, University of British Columbia

Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Tara Whalen (tjwhalen@gmail.com), Carleton University
Tom Longstaff (talcert@gmail.com), NSA

Program Committee
Lucas Ballard, Google
Rainer Boehme, University of Münster
Kevin Butler, University of Oregon
William Cheswick
Sandy Clark, University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Edwards, University of New Mexico
Serge Egelman, UC Berkeley
William Enck, North Carolina State University
Michael Franz, UC Irvine
Vaibhav Garg, Drexel University
Liam Mayron, Florida Institute of Technology
Daniela Oliveira, Bowdoin College
Paul Van Oorschot, Carleton University
Sean Peisert, UC Davis and Berkeley Lab
Diana Smetters, Google
Sam Weber, National Science Foundation