Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro ’17)

May 25, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA

Co-located with the 38th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Advances in technology come with countless benefits for society, but these advances sometimes introduce new risks as well. Various characteristics of technology, including its increasing complexity, may present novel challenges in understanding its impact and addressing its risks. Regulatory agencies have broad jurisdiction to protect consumers against certain harmful practices (typically called "deceptive and unfair" practices in the United States), but sophisticated technical analysis may be necessary to assess practices, risks, and more. Moreover, consumer protection covers an incredibly broad range of issues, from substantiation of claims that a smartphone app provides advertised health benefits to the adequacy of practices for securing sensitive customer data.

The Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection (ConPro ’17) will explore computer science topics with an impact on consumers. This workshop has a strong security and privacy slant, with an overall focus on ways in which computer science can prevent, detect, or address the potential for technology to deceive or unfairly harm consumers. Attendees will skew towards academic and industry researchers but will include researchers from government agencies with a consumer protection mission, including the Federal Trade Commission—the U.S. government's primary consumer protection body. Research advances presented at the workshop may help improve the lives of consumers, and discussions at the event may help researchers understand how their work can best promote consumer welfare given laws and norms surrounding consumer protection.

For more information, see the call for papers.

Important Dates

Deadlines extended:

Submissions Due January 10, 2017 (11:59:59PM ET)
January 17, 2017 (11:59:59PM ET)
Notification to Authors February 7, 2017
February 14, 2017
Final Papers Due March 5, 2017
March 12, 2017