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Special issue on Pervasive Privacy and Security

Submission deadline: 1 March 2014
Publication date: January–March 2015

Society is increasingly relying on pervasive computing technologies in all domains. However, with the growing adoption of these technologies, we are also seeing more and more issues related to privacy and security.

The aim of this special issue is to explore technologies related to all aspects of privacy and security in pervasive computing. Relevant topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Privacy and security for pervasive computing domains, such as smart homes, smart cars, healthcare, urban computing, and more
  • Privacy and security for pervasive computing technologies, such as smartphones, wireless sensors, wearable computers, RFIDs, cameras, and more
  • New methods, techniques, or architectures for collecting, processing, managing, and sharing sensed data in a way that balances privacy, security, and utility
  • New approaches for managing privacy and security in pervasive computing domains, both for end-users and for organizations offering services
  • User interfaces for conveying to users what data is being sensed and gathered
  • User studies probing people's attitudes and behaviors towards privacy and security in pervasive computing domains and/or involving pervasive computing technologies
  • Tools, platforms, and user models to help developers improve privacy and security in ubicomp systems
  • Experiences with privacy and security for deployed ubicomp systems
  • More streamlined ways of authenticating to pervasive computing environments, or using pervasive computing technologies to improve authentication in general
  • Security on low-power computing devices
  • Establishing trust in pervasive hardware
  • Combining privacy with accuracy in location sensing
  • Coping with physical threats to pervasive hardware
  • Pervasive surveillance and privacy
  • technology and policy issues
  • New business processes and models involving ubicomp privacy and security
  • Incorporating privacy and security into the design and development process of pervasive applications (aka "privacy-by-design")

The guest editors invite original and high-quality submissions addressing all aspects of this field, as long as the connection to the focus topic is clear and emphasized. Review or summary articles — for example critical evaluations of the state of the art, or insightful analysis of established and up-coming technologies—may be accepted if they demonstrate academic rigor and relevance.

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Sunny Consolvo, Google
  • Jason Hong, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Marc Langheinrich, University of Lugano (USI)

Submission Information

Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words long and should follow the magazine's guidelines on style and presentation. All submissions will be single-blind anonymously reviewed in accordance with normal practice for scientific publications. For more information, contact the guest editors at

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