Here's one conference I definitely won't miss.  I've been lucky enough to preview some of the papers.  I gurantee that if you want to deepen your understanding of privacy enhancing technology, you should see if you can get to Cambridge at the end of June: 

Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom June 28 – June 30, 2006

Special Events:
* Keynote speaker: Susan Landau, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
  on “The Missing Link”, (Abstract at the end of the email.)
* PET Award 2006 ceremony and reception at Microsoft Research,

Co-located with:
* The Fifth Workshop on the Economics of Information Security
  (WEIS 2006), 26-28 June,
* IAVoSS Workshop On Trustworthy Elections (WOTE 2006)
  29-30 June,

Privacy and anonymity are increasingly important in the online world. Corporations, governments, and other organizations are realizing and exploiting their power to track users and their behavior, and restricting the ability to publish or retrieve documents. Approaches to not only protecting individuals and groups, but also companies and governments, from such profiling and censorship include decentralization, encryption, distributed trust, and automated policy disclosure.

This 6th workshop addresses the design and realization of such privacy and anti-censorship services for the Internet and other communication networks by bringing together anonymity and privacy experts from around the world to discuss recent advances and new perspectives.

Early registration by May 12 at:

Further local information on accommodation and travel is available on the PET workshop website (book accommodation early!):

Program Chairs:
* Philippe Golle, PARC
  (Philippe.Golle at parc com)
* George Danezis, K.U.Leuven
  (George.Danezis at esat kuleuven be)

General Chair:
* Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge
  (Richard.Clayton at cl cam ac uk)

Research Program:
(also at

Privacy and the real world

    * One Big File Is Not Enough: A Critical Evaluation of
      the Dominant Free-Space Sanitization Technique
         Simson Garfinkel and David Malan
    * Protecting Privacy with the MPEG-21 IPMP Framework
         Nicholas Paul Sheppard and Reihaneh Safavi-Naini
    * Privacy for Public Transportation
         Thomas S. Heydt-Benjamin, Hee-Jin Chae, Benessa Defend, and Kevin Fu
    * Privacy Rights Management – Taming Cellphone Cameras
         Mina Deng, Lothar Fritsch and Klaus Kursawe
    * Ignoring the Great Firewall of China
         Richard Clayton, Steven J. Murdoch and Robert N. M. Watson
    * I Know What You Did Last Summer: Self-Awareness,
      Imagined Communities,and Information Sharing in an
      Online Social Network
         Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross

Privacy policies

    * Enhancing Consumer Privacy in the Liberty Alliance
      Identity Federation and Web Services Frameworks
         Mansour Alsaleh and Carlisle Adams
    * Traceable and Automatic Compliance of Privacy
      Policies in Federated Digital Identity Management
         Anna C. Squicciarini, Abhilasha Bhargav-Spantzel,
         Alexei Czeskis and Elisa Bertino
    * Privacy Injector – Automated Privacy Enforcement through Aspects
         Chris Vanden Berghe and Matthias Schunter
    * A Systemic Approach to Automate Privacy Policy
      Enforcement in Enterprises
         Marco Casassa Mont and Robert Thyne

Anonymous communications

    * Improving Sender Anonymity in a Structured Overlay
      with Imprecise Routing
         Giuseppe Ciaccio
    * Selectively Traceable Anonymity
         Luis von Ahn, Andrew Bortz, Nicholas Hopper and Kevin O'Neill
    * Valet Services: Improving Hidden Servers with a Personal Touch
         Lasse Øverlier and Paul Syverson
    * Blending different latency traffic with alpha-mixing
         Roger Dingledine, Andrei Serjantov and Paul Syverson

Attacks: Traffic and Location analysis

    * Breaking the Collusion Detection Mechanism of MorphMix
         Parisa Tabriz and Nikita Borisov
    * Linking Anonymous Transactions: The Consistent View Attack
         Andreas Pashalidis and Bernd Meyer
    * Preserving User Location Privacy in Mobile Data
      Management Infrastructures
         Reynold Cheng, Yu Zhang, Elisa Bertino and Sunil Prabhakar
    * Location Access Effects on Trail Re-identification
         Bradley Malin and Edoardo Airoldi

Private muti-party computation, authentication, and cryptography

    * Private Resource Pairing
         Joseph A. Calandrino and Alfred C. Weaver
    * On the Security of the Tor Authentication Protocol
         Ian Goldberg
    * Honest-Verifier Private Disjointness Testing without Random Oracles
         Susan Hohenberger and Stephen A. Weis
    * A Flexible Framework for Secret Handshakes
         Gene Tsudik and Shouhuai Xu
    * Optimal Key-Trees for Tree-Based Private Authentication
         Levente Buttyan, Tamas Holczer and Istvan Vajda
    * Simple and Flexible Private Revocation Checking
         John Solis and Gene Tsudik

Keynote speaker:

               The Missing Link

               Susan Landau

In recent decades, we have seen significant progress in the development of tools to protect privacy.  We have similarly seen various policy developments, e.g., the 1980 OECD Guidelines on Privacy Protection and 1997 application to the Internet.  But

             Between the conception
             And the creation
             Between the emotion
             And the response
             Falls the Shadow.
                    (T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men.”)

One shadow is that while privacy policies abound, when data is collected, there are few or no rules governing its security (which is a crucial requirement for data privacy).  A current instance of this concerns the recent requirement for data retention by the European Union.

This talk discusses what is needed to get to:

             Between the conception
             And the creation
             Between the emotion
             And the response
             Falls the Action.

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Kim Cameron

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