Call For Participation


Privacy researchers and designers must take into consideration the unique needs and challenges of vulnerable populations. Normative and privileged lenses can impair conceptualizations of identities and privacy needs, as well as reinforce or exacerbate power structures and struggles—and how they are formalized within privacy research methods, theories, designs, and analytical tools. The aim of this one-day workshop is to facilitate discourse around alternative ways of thinking about ­privacy and power, as well as ways for researching and designing technologies that not only respect the privacy needs of vulnerable populations but attempt to empower them. We will work towards developing best practices to help academics and industry folks, technologists, researchers, policy makers, and designers do a better job of serving the privacy needs of vulnerable users of technology.

Important Dates

  • Participant submissions due: February 11th, 2020 February 18, 2020 (Deadline Extended)
  • Participants notified of acceptance: February 28th, 2020
  • Camera-ready due: March 13th, 2020
  • One-day Virtual workshop: Sunday, April 26th, 2020

How to Participate?

We encourage workshop participants to submit a position paper that probe tensions around HCI privacy research and power for vulnerable identities, as well as how to overcome them through intersectional methodology and research design. Importantly, we encourage privacy research who have not previously conducted research or designed for vulnerable populations to attend this workshop.

  • Position Paper: A 2 to 4 page position paper in CHI extended abstracts format that address the workshop themes and highlighted topics provided in the call. (References not included in page limit).
  • These position paper submissions can be structured in multiple ways:
    • a discussion of a specific themes we propose
    • a case study discussion of a specific experience regarding the study of vulnerable populations, particularly how authors dealt with interrogating or addressing issues of privacy and power.
  • Industry participants can submit a bio and statement of interest in lieu of a position paper.

We encourage submissions that are honest and subversive. We invite and encourage submissions from researchers from academia, industry, non-profits, and governments (national, regional, local, Tribal), and welcome a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

NOTE: participants do not need to have prior experience with this type of work.

How to Submit?

Workshop papers should be emailed to

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by the workshop’s program committee. Acceptance will be based on the quality of the position paper, relevance and engagement to the workshop themes, as well as the participant’s potential to meaningfully contribute to the workshop discussions and goals.

Notification of Acceptance will be sent out by February 28th, 2020. Camera-ready versions will be due March 13th, 2020 and will be made available on the workshop website.

NOTE: At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Contact Us

Final submissions and questions about the workshop should be sent to

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