Privacy and Usability Methods Pow-wow (PUMP) 2010

PUMP is a workshop on evaluating methodologies and models for studying privacy in computing systems. It will be held in conjunction with the British Conference on Human Computer Interaction (British HCI) 2010. PUMP builds upon the Privacy Methodologies Workshop held in London in 2009 and continues research into new methodologies for studying and evaluating privacy attitudes and concerns.

Existing methodologies for studying privacy are limited in several respects, including the inclusion of leading questions, a reliance on attitude-based questions rather than behaviour-based queries, and a tendency to confuse privacy with related issues (e.g., spam, credit card fraud). Privacy research also suffers from a "measurement problem," in that asking people about their privacy-related attitudes tends to lead to more privacy-enhancing responses. Worse, the very people most concerned about their privacy are those likely to refuse a request to complete surveys on the topic, leading to sample-based biases. More recently, new methodologies have been proposed for studying privacy, such as the Experience Sampling Method, or the use of experimental economics. These new methodologies can potentially lead to more accurate or representative measurement, but the benefits, and conversely the pitfalls and limitations, of these methodologies needs to be understood before a study commences.

Call for Papers

We solicit both long papers (8 pages max) and short paper abstracts (2 pages max). All submissions should be formatted to the ACM standard. In conjunction with the British HCI conference, a (third) volume of proceedings will be produced containing the accepted papers from the workshops.

Long papers should document new studies, models, or methodologies, while shorter papers should highlight new problems for which researchers might require new methodologies, or identify persistent challenges that remain unsolved with current methodologies.

Submissions should be made through EasyChair.

Important Dates

Programme and Participation

The full-day workshop will take place in conjunction with British HCI at the University of Abertay Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. Registration information is available at the following link: The workshop is free but please register so that we can provision catering accordingly. We would also greatly appreciate it if you would send an e-mail to Tristan Henderson as well as registering through the conference website.


All talks in Room 2522, Kydd Building, University of Abertay Dundee

09:30-10:30: Welcome and invited talks
10:30-11:00: Coffee break
11:00-11:55: Observational methods
11:55-12:30: Discussion
12:30-14:00: Lunch
14:00-14:55: Real-world systems
14:55-15:30: Discussion
15:30-16:00: Coffee break
16:00-16:45: Incentives
16:45-17:20: Discussion
17:20-17:30: Closing remarks

Programme Committee

Further Information

For any additional information, please contact either of the workshop organisers: Tristan Henderson or Mike Just.



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