Privacy and HCI: Methodologies for Studying Privacy Issues
April 23, 2006
Montreal, Canada


Position paper submission deadline: Friday, January 6th, 2006
Notification of acceptance: Monday, January  16th, 2006
Workshop: Sunday, April 23rd, 2006


This 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 can be quite  
illuminating for this purpose. Some of the topics the workshop plans  
to address include: appropriateness of a given methodology for a  
given setting, advantages and disadvantages of different  
methodologies, bias issues, cultural and legal influence on privacy  
practices, mismatch between user preferences and actual user practices.

The workshop will be conducted in two 3-hour sessions.  The first  
session will involve presentation/discussion of select position  
papers chosen by workshop organizers and participants.  The second  
session will require participants to work in groups to discuss  
methodological issues in one of several scenarios.

The workshop aims to bring together a diverse mix of researchers as  
well as practitioners from the fields of: HCI, CSCW, psychology,  
sociology, anthropology, computer science, and interaction design.  
Those interested in participating are invited to submit a position  
paper up to 4 pages in the SIGCHI Format ( 
chipubform/).  Papers may 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. Organizers will strive to create a diverse mix of individuals  
from academia and industry in order to derive varied perspectives  
regarding privacy.


Email position papers up to 4 pages in the SIGCHI Format (http:// to by  
Friday, January 6th, 2006.

For more information, please contact,
or visit


Sameer Patil
University of California, Irvine

Natalia Romero
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands

John Karat
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY