TLDR: https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/events/spw/2024/ (https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/events/spw/2024/) Theme: Ghost in the Protocol - Security Protocols and AI The Organising Committee of the International Workshop on Security Protocols is pleased to announce that the twenty-ninth edition of this event will be held in person in Brno, Czechia on 10-12 April 2024. We invite proposals for papers containing exciting, original ideas that will elicit lively, thought-provoking in-person discussions. SPW papers should lead to conceptual advances, not be archival papers about work that has already been completed and polished. The workshop is by invitation only; to receive an invitation, please submit a position paper by 8 January 2024 for our consideration. Please circulate this invitation to the members of your research group and to any collaborators you think might be interested. Theme The theme of the 2024 workshop is "Ghost in the Protocol - Security Protocols and AI". Security protocols have always been seized with the question of whether a participant is a human or not. Given recent developments around the generation of text, images, code, audio and video, however, we must now consider the interplay of AI and the protocols themselves. Can machine-generated protocols, with machine-checked proofs, do a better job than human designers? Instead of humans producing machine-readable protocol descriptions, can machines produce human-comprehensible descriptions? As always, please consider this theme as inspirational rather than restrictive. As long-time attendees already know, it is perfectly acceptable to offer a position paper only loosely related to the theme, or on another security topic, provided the paper is deemed likely to stimulate an interesting discussion. New authors are encouraged to browse through past volumes of post-proceedings (search for Security Protocols Workshop in the Springer LNCS series) to get a flavour for the variety and diversity of topics that have been accepted in past years, as well as the lively discussion that has accompanied them. Timeline | Date | Significance | | -------------: | ----------------------------- | | 8 Jan 2024 | Submission of position papers | | 5 Feb 2024 | Invitations to authors | | 4 Mar 2024 | Revised papers due | | 11 Mar 2024 | Registration deadline | | 10-12 Apr 2024 | Workshop in Brno | Details The long-running Security Protocols Workshop has hosted lively debates with many security luminaries (the late Robert Morris, chief scientist at the NSA and well known for his pioneering work on Unix passwords, used to be a regular) and continues to provide a formative event for young researchers. The post-proceedings, published in LNCS, contain not only the refereed papers but the curated transcripts of the ensuing discussions (see the website for pointers to past volumes). Attendance is by invitation only. To be considered for invitation you must submit a position paper: it will not be possible to come along as just a member of the audience. Start writing now! "Writing the paper is how you develop the idea in the first place", in the wise words of Simon Peyton-Jones. The Security Protocols Workshop is, and has always been, highly interactive. We actively encourage participants to interrupt and challenge the speaker. The presented position papers will be revised and enhanced before publication as a consequence of such debates. This is the main reason why we cancelled the workshop during lockdown, rather than switching to videoconference as many other events did. We believe the interactive debates during the presentations, and the spontaneous technical discussions during breaks, meals and the formal dinner, are part of the DNA of our workshop. We encourage you to present stimulating and disruptive ideas that are still at an initial stage, rather than "done and dusted" completed papers of the kind that a top-tier conference would expect. We are interested in eliciting interesting discussion rather than collecting archival material. Submissions Authors should submit their position papers via the Microsoft Conference Managment Toolkit (https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/SPW2024). Submissions must be in PDF, produced using the latest Springer LNCS LaTeX2e template (https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines), and must not exceed 5 pages in that format. The final post-proceedings papers may be longer. Invitations or rejections (but not paper reviews or grades, which our selection process does not produce) will be sent back to the authors shortly after the submission deadline. Invited authors will have a chance to revise their position paper before the presentation, to be included in the pre-proceedings distributed to participants at the event. After the workshop, presenters will produce an edited transcript of the discussion of their presentation, as well as a revised paper incorporating any improvements and new insights, both of which will be included in the post-proceedings to be published in Springer LNCS. Contact If you have any enquiries about the workshop that are not answered on the website at https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/events/spw/2024/ (https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/events/spw/2024/), please contact the General Chair of this year's organising committee, Vashek Matyas (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=SPW2024) or the Program Chair, Jonathan Anderson (mailto:email@example.com?subject=SPW2024).