2nd Workshop on Digital Rights Management Impact on Consumer Communications

10 January 2006 >   

Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Held in conjunction with CCNC 2006 (>> ) and the Consumer Electronics Show

Consumers and consumer electronics are increasingly using the Internet
for distribution of digital goods, including digital versions of
books, articles, music, and images. The ease with which digital goods
can be copied and redistributed makes the Internet well suited for
unauthorized copying, modification and redistribution. The rapid
adoption of new technologies such as high-bandwidth connections,
wireless networks, and peer-to-peer networks is accelerating this

This half-day workshop on Digital Rights Management Impact on Consumer
Communications addresses problems faced by rights holders (who seek to
protect their intellectual property rights) and by end consumers (who
seek to protect their privacy and to preserve access they now enjoy in
traditional media under).

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are intended to protect the
rights of content owners in scenarios in which the participants have
conflicting goals and are not fully trusted. This adversarial
situation introduces interesting new twists on classical problems
studied in cryptology and security research, such as key management
and access control. Furthermore, novel security mechanisms can enable
new business models and applications. Recent research has also
proposed new primitives for DRM, such as hash functions that make it
possible to identify content in an adversarial setting.

The workshop will contain some invited presentations and presentations
accepted by open submission. The format will be a series of
presentations held in a panel/forum type of environment to encourage
interaction and discussion of topics and issues.

The workshop seeks workshop proposal submissions (consisting of a
paper) on all theoretical and practical aspects of DRM, as well as
experimental studies of fielded systems on topics including, but not
limited to, those shown below:

*	DRM protocols 
*	architectures for DRM systems 
*	interoperability 
*	auditing 
*	business models for online content distribution 
*	copyright-law issues, including but not limited to fair use 
*	digital policy management 
*	information ownership 
*	privacy and anonymity 
*	risk management 
*	robust identification of digital content 
*	security issues, including but not limited to authorization, 
          encryption, tamper resistance, and watermarking 
*	threat and vulnerability assessment 
*	usability aspects of DRM systems 
*	web services 
*	CAPEX, OPEX, TCO examples/ estimations/models 
*	computing environments and platforms for DRM 
        (TCP - Trusted Computing Platform) 
*	Implementations and case studies

A journal special issue consisting of selected papers from this
conference is being planned. Authors of selected papers will be
invited to submit an extended version of their paper for the journal.

Guidelines for Submission

Interested participants should submit a paper (6 pages) describing
their proposed topic. This paper should define the specific problem
being addressed, describe the novelty of the solution to the problem
and/or the issues surrounding the problem. The paper should be used as
the basis for a 20-30 minute Workshop presentation which will be made
available online.  Participants are required to develop and submit

1.  Submit an electronic copy of the paper in a .pdf or .ps format by
selecting CCNC'06 at the EDAS paper submission site (
> ).

2.  A separate cover sheet should show the title of the paper, the
author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the address (including
e-mail, telephone, and fax) to which the correspondence should be

Important Dates

15 June 2005................... Paper submission

1 September 2005............. Author Notification

15 October 2005............... Final Camera Ready Paper Submission Deadline

10 January 2006................Workshop


Madjid Merabti, Liverpool John Moores University 

Proposed Technical Program Committee:

Leonardo Chiariglione, Digital Media Project
Rajit Gadh, UCLA
Lindsey Holman, Panasonic
Deepa Kundur, Texas A&M University
Wenjun Zeng, University of Missouri
Marc Waldman, Manhattan College
Heather Yu, Panasonic  
Bin Zhu, Microsoft Research Asia
Madjid Merabti, Liverpool John Moores University 
Ning Zhang, Manchester University


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