July 11-13, 2012
Washington, DC


Call for papers





Past conferences SOUPS 2005
SOUPS 2006
SOUPS 2007
SOUPS 2008
SOUPS 2009
SOUPS 2010
SOUPS 2011

Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

SOUPS papers are also available from the Program page of each year's conference

SOUPS Photos: 2012, 2011, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security

The eighth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) will be held July 11-13, 2012 at the AAAS building in Washington, DC. 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 2012 will be held in cooperation with ACM SIGCHI.

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 2013 will be held July 24-26, 2013 at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK.

Access the SOUPS program in Google Calendar

We are excited to hold SOUPS 2012 in Washington, DC to engage policy makers in discussions about usable privacy and security. SOUPS welcomes participation from Members of Congress and Congressional staff. This is a widely attended event and is open to all Members and staff to attend at no cost. Please contact the SOUPS general chair, Lorrie Cranor for registration information.

Learn about how technologists can influence the public policy process and go on a tour of Congress at the SOUPS 2012 Hacking Public Policy tutorial

SOUPS 2012 will feature a Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for Mobile Devices (U-PriSM) - submission deadline is May 18. 2012.

Thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring the SOUPS 2012 Thursday-night dinner reception!

SOUPS is seeking sponsors! Contact the SOUPS general chair, Lorrie Cranor, for more information about sponsorship opportunities. We're looking for meal sponsors, sponsors for scholarships, and more!

SOUPS acceptance rates: 2005: 10/39, 2006: 14/39, 2007: 12/41, 2008: 13/43, 2009: 15/49, 2010: 16/65, 2011: 15/45, 2012: 14/67

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SOUPS 2012 is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon CyLab