NSPW 2022: Call for Papers

New Hampshire, USA
October 2022

Submission deadline: May 22 May 30, 2022 23:59 (UTC -12, AoE)
Format: PDF file (ACM SIG formatting) via EasyChair

Notification of acceptance: July 12, 2022
Pre-proceedings deadline: September 8, 2022
Invitations sent: Depends on the state of pandemic
Workshop: October 24 - 27, 2022
Final version: November 27, 2022

The New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW) seeks embryonic, disruptive, and unconventional ideas on information and cyber security that benefit from early, in-depth, and constructive feedback. Each year we set a theme that authors are encouraged to consider when developing a submission, but authors are not restricted to this theme. Submissions typically address current limitations of information security, directly challenge long-held beliefs or the very foundations of security, or discuss problems from an entirely novel angle, leading to new solutions. We welcome papers from computer science and other disciplines that study aspects of security theory and practice. The workshop is invitation-only; all accepted papers receive a 1-hour plenary time slot for presentation and discussion. To maximize diversity of perspectives, we particularly encourage submissions from new NSPW authors, from Ph.D. students, and from non-traditional disciplines and institutions. We welcome papers from across the disciplinary spectrum.

The theme for NSPW 2022 is resilience and resistance. All interpretations of resilience and resistance related to security are welcome. Resilience has many meanings, for example, the ability of sociotechnical systems (composed of people, processes, and technology) to recover to a desired state after a shock or unexpected interruption. Resistance might be framed as the counter response to an attempt, through technological and policy security mechanisms, to control or regulate access to service and / or data. Resistance is a term that also refers to the creation of spaces that set up parallel forms of control. The theme is intended to resonate with technologists and social scientists alike. Papers should offer new insights, case studies, methodological contributions and/or theoretical contributions that enhance our understanding of both resilience and resistance in the context of information security.

NSPW 2022 is scheduled to be held at the White Mountain Hotel and Resort in North Conway, NH USA. As in the past, this choice of venue is designed to facilitate interactions between the invited attendees throughout the workshop.


Submit through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nspw2022

NSPW accepts three categories of submissions:

● Regular Submissions present a new approach (paradigm) to a security problem or critique existing approaches. While regular submissions may present research results (theoretical or experimental), unlike papers submitted to most computer security venues, these results should not be the focus of the submission; instead, the change in approach should be the focus.
● Theme Submissions are focused on “Resistance and Resilience” and should explain the connection with the theme in a justification statement (see below). They follow the format of a regular submission.
● Panel Proposals describe a debatable topic of interest to the security community that merits significant discussion. Proposals should describe the major perspectives on the chosen topic. They should also present the background of the proposed panellists, explaining how they are the right people to discuss the chosen topic at NSPW.

Submissions must be made in PDF format, 6-15 pages, using ACM "sigconf" formatting, through EasyChair. Submissions should blind author identity where possible. The LaTeX document option anonymous=true provides a minimum level of protection; however, authors should also avoid referencing their own work in the first person or other obvious de-anonymization in the submission.

Submissions must include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation, and participation statement. To support double-blind reviewing, this cover page must not be part of the PDF paper, it will be submitted separately. Before or after the abstract, a submission must also include a justification statement (which will not appear in the final publication). Papers not including both statements risk rejection without review. The justification statement briefly explains why the submission is appropriate for NSPW and the chosen submission category. The participation statement must specify which author(s) are expected to attend upon acceptance/invitation, that all authors will engage in good faith with the feedback given in the review and revision periods, and that all authors will abide by the NSPW code of conduct. Organizers and PC members are allowed to submit but will not be involved in the evaluation of their own papers. All submissions are treated as confidential as a matter of policy. NSPW does not accept previously published or concurrently submitted papers. New authors to NSPW are strongly encouraged to review prior publications from NSPW to help scope and frame their submission.

Acceptance to the workshop is conditional; all accepted papers are shepherded, with final proceedings published after the workshop to accommodate the expectation that authors will make revisions based on comments received during the workshop presentation.

The submission, review, and workshop phases of NSPW are all governed by the NSPW code of conduct, https://www.nspw.org/conduct.


The workshop itself is invitation-only, with typically 30-35 participants consisting of authors of about 10-12 accepted papers, panellists, program committee members, and organizers. One author of each accepted paper must attend; additional authors may receive an invitation from the organizers if space permits. All participants must commit to a “social contract”: no one arrives late or leaves early, no electronic distractions (including laptops, tablets, and mobile devices), attend all sessions of the 2.5 day program, share meals in a group setting, and comply with the code of conduct. The workshop is preceded by an evening reception allowing attendees to meet each other before the formal sessions.


The NSPW organizers are committed to holding a productive workshop in some form at the dates listed. As worldwide conditions related to COVID-19 may force some changes, we will update the NSPW website with meeting and planning information as the situation continues to evolve. We had a successful virtual NSPW in 2020 and in 2021. We plan to have a successful in-person NSPW 2022, but may decide that a virtual event is in the best interests of the safety of authors and attendees. We expect to finalize this decision in August 2022.

Program Committee Co-chairs:
Lizzie Coles-Kemp, Royal Holloway University of London, lizzie.coles-kemp@rhul.ac.uk
Tristan Caulfield, University College London, t.caulfield@ucl.ac.uk