"The Federal Trade Commission will hold a conference onJanuary 14, 2016to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, including whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, academics, and a range of government regulators, to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security. The FTC is calling for research to be presented at the conference.
"Due to the unique role that whitehat researchers, academics, and information security specialists have played in raising awareness about privacy and data security issues, the FTC is particularly interested in enlisting their participation in this effort. For the past several years, their work to strengthen privacy and security protections in this country has greatly benefitted the FTC and the public. For example, the FTC’s reports on the privacy implications of facial recognition technology and the Internet of Things have referred to important academic research. And the FTC has opened numerous law enforcement investigations in response to security vulnerabilities that whitehat researchers have brought to our attention.
"PrivacyCon seeks to continue and expand collaboration among whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators to address the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies. PrivacyCon will include brief privacy and security research presentations, along with expert panel discussions on the latest privacy and security challenges facing consumers. Whitehat researchers and academics will discuss the latest security vulnerabilities, explain how they can be exploited to harm consumers, and highlight research affecting consumer privacy and data security. During panel discussions, participants will discuss the research presentations and the latest policy initiatives to address consumer privacy and security, develop suggestions for further collaboration between researchers and policymakers, and highlight steps that companies and consumers can and should take to protect themselves and their data.
"Call for Presentations:The FTC is seeking presentations on consumer privacy and security issues in the commercial sector. In particular, we are interested in hearing about research on topics such as:
Connected health and fitness devices or applications
Devices or services that incorporate voice-activation technology
Big data and algorithms
Consumers’ attitudes toward, and valuation of, privacy
Costs and benefits of privacy-protective technology or behavior
Economics of privacy and security
Security by design techniques
We will provide more detail on the submission process by September 10th.
Please note that the FTC does not offer compensation of any kind to presenters or participants. Because we only have a very limited number of presentation slots, if there is enough interest, we may have an exhibit hall, where selected submitters can display posters and other information about their research.
This event, including all presentations, will be available to the public via a live-stream and on our website in archived video and transcript form.