July 15-17, 2009
Mountain View, CA


Call for participation





Past conferences SOUPS 2005
SOUPS 2006
SOUPS 2007
SOUPS 2008

Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

SOUPS Photos: 2007, 2006

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security

The fifth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will be held July 15-17, 2009 at Google in Mountain View, CA. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners in human computer interaction, security, and privacy. The program features technical papers, workshops and tutorials, a poster session, panels and invited talks, and discussion sessions. SOUPS 2009 will be held in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI.

SOUPS 2009 Highlights

During this three-day event, you'll have an opportunity to hear from people doing cutting edge research as well as from industry folks who will report on their first hand experiences with usable privacy and security challenges. The popular SOUPS poster session as well as social events, breaks, and discussion sessions will provide opportunities to share ideas and network with other participants.

The SOUPS 2009 invited talk will be given by Eric Sachs, product manager for Google security and internal systems. Eric will discuss the question, "Redirects to login pages are bad, or are they?" Our panel this year will examine usability of open source security software.

Continuing the tradition of interesting SOUPS social events, on Wednesday evening SOUPS 2009 attendees will head to the Computer History Museum for dinner.

SOUPS 2009 will be held on the Google campus. Accommodations have been reserved for SOUPS attendees at a nearby hotel.

Not Your Typical Conference

SOUPS distinguishes itself from other conferences by both providing a high quality technical program and by bringing together an interdisciplinary group of attendees in a format conducive to informal discussion and networking. SOUPS offers reasonable registration fees, which include meals catered by local restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines. Past attendees have raved about "the amazing group of people who were here to talk with" and the "awesome food." One past attendee wrote: "Overall, this is the best conference I've attended. I may be ruined forever going to SIGCHI and other larger conferences."


SOUPS attendees are invited to try out the Locaccino Facebook app to share their location at SOUPS. Locaccino is part of an ongoing Carnegie Mellon research project that gives you precision control over who can see your location. The Locaccino team will be presenting their research at the SOUPS poster session and are eager for feedback.

SOUPS 2009 registration is now open.

A preliminary program is now posted.

SOUPS is being blogged on the CUPS Blog

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SOUPS 2009 is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon CyLab and Google.