It has been recognized that in order to achieve consistent and meaningful progress in data protection, diverse stakeholders – regulators, lawyers, privacy professionals, technologists, service operators, and others – have to work together in order to understand and incorporate the requirements and technical/process limitations of each constituency. However, research in the area of privacy and data protection continues to be segmented, with each constituency focusing on its own set of issues. The goal of this award, the “CPDP multi-disciplinary privacy research award” is to promote the need for and reward the results of multidisciplinary research.
The award, to be presented at the annual Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) Conference held in Brussels at the end of January, will be given to the authors of the best paper that describes new ideas in privacy and data protection in a multidisciplinary setting. Eligible papers have been published or accepted for publication between November 1st 2011 and October 31st 2012.
Eligible papers need to be co-authored by representatives of at least two different (scientific) disciplines, one technical, one non-technical (e.g., a lawyer and a computer scientist, a cryptographer and a policy researcher, an economist and a technologist). Preference is given to papers where authors combine their expertise to address both technical and societal issues. The topics of the eligible papers are broad and include the subjects below, but are not limited to these subjects:
- Data minimization
- Legal assessment of digital rights
- User and device authentication
- User controlled security and privacy
- Innovative use of cryptography
- Standardization of privacy and data protection technologies
- Data protection legislation
- Privacy enhancing technology
- Privacy by Design
- Trust in the digital economy
- Economics of privacy and data protection
- Other adjacent topics
Eligibility and Rules
Participants should submit original papers co-authored by at least two researchers with different areas of expertise that have been published or accepted for publication between November 1st 2011 and October 31st 2012. Authors should state their disciplinary background or domain of expertise and affiliation in the application. The maximum length of the submission is 20.000 words. The papers should address both societal and technical aspects of a problem and outline novel approaches to privacy and data protection. Review papers are not accepted.
The award will be selected by a Jury composed by a multidisciplinary team of prominent European researchers and representatives from the US and Asia. The Jury includes experts in the following:
- Policy and government
- Economics and business
The committee is chaired by prof.dr. Ronald Leenes (Tilburg University, The Netherlands).
The prize consists of a trophy and 750€ in cash for the winning team. Travel, subsistence costs and a conference ticket will be covered by the CPDP conference for one representative of the winning team to be present at the award ceremony and pick up the award.
The award is made possible with a financial contribution of the Intel Corporation.
Submissions for the 2013 award are due on or before the 18th of November 2012 through
The jury will select the finalists by December 9 and the winner by December 21th.
The award will be presented during the CPDP 2013 conference 23-25 January 2013, in Brussels