USEC '13

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The 2013 Workshop on Usable Security

Associated with Financial Crypto and Data Security 2013

Bankoku Shinryokan, Busena Terrace Beach Resort, Okinawa, Japan
1st April 2013

Workshop Introduction

Networked information systems permeate modern life. From the ATM to the tablet computer, they're ubiquitous, as is increasingly their connectivity to the Internet. Securing these systems is a hard job at the technical level. The socio-technical side adds even more complexity. It is now well-understood that the human side of securing systems is at least as difficult as the technical side. While great strides have been made in making systems usable and technically secure, there is often an inherent contradiction in providing usable security: security is both an emergent property of the system as a whole and for some users/system elements/circumstances the aim of security is explicitly to apply the ultimate opposition of usability: denial of access.

This apparent contradiction underpins this workshop, which brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, computer science, psychology, business studies, to present and discuss recent advances in enabling systems to provide more easily usable security and privacy. Highlights of last year's workshop include a linguistic analysis of passphrases (a proposed replacement for passwords), a method of developing privacy-preserving registration databases, a system to advise users on the actual personal information used and transmitted by Android smartphone applications, and a new taxonomy of weaknesses in the human factors of cryptographic protocols.

Call for Papers

Web; PDF

Submission Site (now available only for updates to accepted papers, via the EasyChair system).



Registration will be through the main Financial Crypto and Data Security 2013 conference.


The program is now available, together with draft versions of the papers for each talk.

The accepted papers will also be published in an LNCS volume together with the other workshops attached to the FC '13 conference, in a post-conference proceedings.

Keynote Speaker

Kindly sponsored by Google, Dr Alessandro Acquisti of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University will deliver a keynote speech at USEC 13:

Confessions of a Privacy Economist

What drives people to disclose or protect their personal information? What are the tangible and intangible consequences of those decisions? In this talk, I will discuss the transition from the economics to the behavioral economics of privacy. In particular, I will present and contrast a series of opposing "frames," or ways to frame and analyze the privacy debate, using the lenses of behavioral economic research. I will start from frames I have analyzed in my research (for instance: is privacy really about "transparency" and "control"?) and progressively move onto less settled, and perhaps more controversial, frames of the debate.

Portrait of Dr Alessandro Acquisti

Organising Committee

Andrew A. Adams, Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (Program Chair)

Centre for Business Information Ethics

Kiyoshi Murata, Centre for Business Information Ethics, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Steering Committee

Jean Camp, Indiana University

Jim Blythe, University of Southern California

Angela Sasse, UCL

Program Committee

Sadia Afroz, Drexel University

Rainer Böhme, University of Münster

Pam Briggs, Northumbria University

Lorrie Cranor, CMU

Neil Gandal, University of Tel Aviv

Seda Gürses, K.U. Leuven

Peter Gutmann, University of Auckland

Raquel Hill, Indiana University

Tiffany Hyun-Jin Kim, CMU

Markus Jakobsson, PayPal

Timothy Kelley, Indiana University

Brian LaMacchia, Microsoft Research

William Lehr, MIT

Hui Kai Lung, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hitoshi Okada, National Institute of Informatics

Frank Stajano, University of Cambridge

Andrew Patrick, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Hovav Schacham, University of California, San Diego

Bruce Schneier, BT

Dan Schutzer, BITS

Sean Smith, Dartmouth College

Douglas Stebila, Queensland University of Technology

David Wagner, University of California, Berkeley

Nicholas Weaver, University of California, Berkeley

Tara Whalen, Carleton University


As noted above, Google are kindly sponsoring the keynote speech by Dr Acquisti.

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