The Symposium on Accessible Privacy and Security (SOAPS '08)
July 23, 2008
part of 2008
Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)
Scope and Focus
Verification images, toolbars, CAPTCHAs, and other web-based
mechanisms are increasingly being used to protect both users and
service providers from fraudulent access to information services.
These tools may play a valuable role in web privacy and security, but
they pose problems for users with disabilities that may prevent them
from interpreting images or other visually-presented information.
Alternative approaches including audio may provide partial
workarounds, but they suffer from problems of their own, both in terms
of security and usability.
As these tools become more widely used, unresolved accessibility
concerns may prevent individuals with various disabilities from safely
accessing financial, commercial, and educational resources on the web.
Techniques that are accessible, secure, and private will be needed to
avoid disenfranchisement of this large group of users.
This workshop on accessible privacy and security will bring researchers
and commercial practitioners interested in usable privacy and security
together with accessibility researchers and experts in the
accessibility needs of particular populations. Discussions and
presentations will cover a range of topics at the intersection of
these areas, including, but not limited to:
- Human-Interaction-Proofs (CAPTCHAs) for website authentication
- Mechanisms for verifying site identity
- Anti-phishing tools
- Anti-virus tools
- Privacy policies
- Concerns regarding situated use, including topics such as the
privacy concerns of audio feedback in public places
- Universally usable designs that meet the needs of all users.
- Strategies for achieving both strong security and accessibility
- Needs of specific sub-populations such as deaf-blind users
- The impact of evolving web technologies including AJAX and Rich
Internet Applications on accessible privacy and security
SOAPS '08 invites participation from researchers, practitioners, and
accessibility advocates from all perspectives on accessibility and
security. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss system
requirements from various perspectives, present and discuss research
prototypes, and develop an agenda for both future research and
Prospective participants should submit a short position paper along
with a cover letter describing their research interests, experience,
and background in relevant areas. Position papers should be up to 4
pages in length, using the SOUPS proceedings templates for LaTeX or MS Word. All submissions must be in
accessible PDF format and should not be anonymized.
your paper using the electronic submissions page for the SOUPS 2008
conference. A successful submission will display a web page confirming it,
and a confirmation email will be sent to the corresponding author. Please make
sure you receive that confirmation email when you submit, and follow the
directions in that email if you require any follow up.
Position papers deadline: April 24.
Notification of acceptance: May 11
Camera ready final versions of the papers due: June 6
Harry Hochheiser, Towson University
Anne Taylor, National Federation of the Blind
Mark Riccobono, National Federation of the Blind
9:00 AM-9:10 AM Introduction and Logistics - Harry Hochheiser,
Jonathan Lazar and Jinjuan Feng, Workshop Organizers
9:10-10:10 Opening session: The challenges
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Human-Interactive Proofs (HIPs) and Passwords
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:30 More HIPs, Cognitive Issues, and Standards
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:15 Next Steps
- Discussion: Next Steps and Other challenges. What's Next? Where
do we go from Here?
- Wrap-up & Concluding Remarks
SOUPS is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon CyLab.