Workshop on
Surveillance & Technology

June 29th, 2015
held with the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS).

Drexel University
Behrakis Grand Hall at Creese Student Union Center
3210 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104



Surveillance is the act of monitoring the behavior and activities of people for the purpose of influencing, directing or protecting them. Surveillance is used by governments and law enforcement to maintain social control, recognize threats, and to prevent and investigate crimes. It is used by corporations to influence people's behaviors and improve services. Surveillance affects people's privacy, personal freedoms and rights and can be exploited as a powerful tool for coercion, censorship and political control.

The Workshop on Surveillance and Technology (SAT) aims to bring together researchers and scholars in privacy, security, cryptography, Law, policy, behavioral economics and psychology to discuss all aspects of surveillance including (but not limited to):

  • Anonymity systems,
  • Anti-surveillance technologies,
  • Case studies of real-world surveillance and censorship,
  • Cryptographic techniques for anti-surveillance,
  • Cryptographic techniques for privacy-preserving surveillance,
  • Legal analysis of surveillance,
  • Measurement studies of surveillance activity,
  • Privacy-preserving surveillance technologies,
  • Psychological impacts and aspects of surveillance,
  • Policy implications of surveillance,
  • The economics of surveillance,
  • Surveillance and censorship,
  • Surveillance and diplomacy,
  • Surveillance and human rights.

Keynote Speaker

Christopher Soghoian
Principal Technologist
Speech, Privacy & Technology Project
American Civil Liberties Union

Tutorial on Surveillance Law

Jonathan Mayer
Stanford University

Workshop Program

For the workshop program and papers see here

Important Dates

Paper submissions due: March 1st, March 11th 2015 at Midnight UTC
Paper notifications: April 15th, April 22nd, 2015
Final papers due: May 15th May 22nd, 2015 at Midnight UTC
Work in progress submissions: May 25th 2015 at Midnight UTC
Work in Progress notifications: May 28th 2015
Workshop date: June 29th, 2015

Work in Progress Talk Submissions

SAT is soliciting talks for a work in progress (WiP) session. The WiP session will provide an opportunity for researchers to present ongoing work, describe early results and discuss novel research directions and open problems. All accepted talks will be presented at the workshop. To submit a talk to the WiP session send a title, abstract and a short bio to Seny Kamara (

Paper Submission Information

SAT is soliciting full papers of up to 15 pages (including bibliography and appendices) and short papers of up to 6 pages (including bibliography and appendices). Submissions should be in double-column ACM format ( All papers should be anonymized. Papers not following the submission instructions may be rejected without further consideration. In addition to research papers, SAT is also inviting position/vision papers and surveys. Each accepted paper must be presented by one registered author.

Submit your papers here:

No Proceedings

SAT 2015 will not have an official proceedings. Accepted papers will be open access and available online. They will not be included in PETS proceedings and can appear in other venues and journals.

Program Chair

Seny Kamara, Microsoft Research (

Program Comittee

  • Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Kudelski Security
  • Steve Bellovin, Columbia University
  • Caspar Bowden, Independent
  • Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute
  • George Danezis, University College London
  • Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London
  • Roger Dingledine, The Tor Project
  • Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University
  • Ed Felten, Princeton University
  • Bryan Ford, Yale University
  • Sharon Goldberg, Boston University
  • Ethan Heilman, Boston University
  • Josh Kroll, Princeton University
  • Jonathan Mayer, Stanford University
  • Phillip Rogaway, UC Davis
  • Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, TU Darmstadt
  • Christopher Soghoian, American Civil Liberties Union