Appropriate Methodology for Empirical Studies of Privacy
September 12-16, 2005, Rome, Italy

Position paper deadline: May 23rd, 2005
Notification of acceptance: June 6th, 2005
Workshop: September 12, 2005

The workshop aims to reflect on appropriate methodology to empirically 
study privacy issues related to technology by drawing upon both 
theoretical perspectives as well as practical experiences. Successful as 
well as failed empirical investigations could prove quite illuminating 
for this purpose. Some of the questions the workshop plans to address 
- What methodologies are suited for studying privacy in what kinds of 
- What criteria could be applied to determine appropriateness of a given 
   methodology for a given setting?
- For each methodology, what are the best practices to follow and the 
   pitfalls to avoid?
- For each methodology, how could bias be avoided?
- In what ways do methodologies complement each other?
- Given that cultural values regarding privacy, and legal and policy 
   aspects of privacy reflexively influence each other, could we hope to 
   isolate the effect of each of these on privacy practices? If so, how?
- In what ways can we address the mismatch between stated user 
   preferences and actual user practices?

The workshop will bring together a diverse mix of researchers as well as 
practitioners from any of the following fields: HCI, CSCW, psychology, 
sociology, anthropology, computer science, and interaction design. Those 
interested in participating in the workshop should submit a position 
paper up to 4 pages in length. Position papers can address any theme 
relevant to the topic of the workshop - ranging from descriptions of 
specific experiments or studies, to analysis of strengths and weaknesses 
of a particular methodology, to methodological challenges posed by a 
particular domain. Participants will be selected based on the relevance 
of the position paper, and on how well they will help achieve the goals 
of the workshop. Organizers will strive to create a diverse mix of 
individuals from academia and industry in order to derive varied 
perspectives regarding privacy.

Position papers should be sent via email to by May 23rd.

For more information, please contact us via email at or visit:


Natalia Romero
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Evelien Perik
Philips Research Labs, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Sameer Patil
University of California, Irvine