Call for Talks: HotPETs 2018

by steph | April 18, 2018

Photo by Dayne Topkin
The Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs) fosters new ideas and spirited debates on privacy. Held in conjunction with the 18th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS), the 11th HotPETs will be held July 27, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
HotPETS is calling for engaging and informative 10-15 minute talks on hot topics in privacy enhancing technologies (PETs), with each talk to be followed by a 5-10 minute question period. The nature of HotPETs' discussion-oriented format is especially suited to works in progress and new ideas that have not yet been fully formed.
Last year there was an interesting discussion about whether a separate Tor network should be set up for safer research and another discussion around I2P. What idea, experience, lessons, or theories would you like to talk through?  
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • PET use or deployment with at-risk users 
  • Anonymous communications and publishing systems
  • Censorship resistance
  • Location privacy
  • Online surveillance
  • Privacy and identity management
  • Privacy-enhanced access control and authentication
  • Privacy in social networks
  • Public policy regulating the use and development of PETs
  • Usability of PETs

Who should submit

Submissions are open and welcome from activists, artists, developers, journalists, lawyers, public servants, researchers, scholars, and any others who can give a compelling, novel talk about privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies. You don't have to be someone who writes full research papers. PETS and HotPETS attract world-renowned experts on the research, development, and practice of PETs. If you are excited to give a talk to such a group, and you think they would be excited to hear it, then you should submit.


Submission Deadline: May 10, 2018 
Submission Notification: May 18, 2018 


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April 19, 2018


FWIW, so far hypothetical devices I'd love to see developers working on include:

o Torified ADS-B receivers (for detecting spyplanes)
o Inexpensive power spectrum analyzers (for investigating your RF threat environment)
o drone control/datalink detectors
o more sophisticated "Stingray" detectors
o anonymized decentralized FOSS corporate/government-free urban intranet (e.g. for communications among street protest organizers)

April 19, 2018


offtopic but important:

- Warning Message:

"[warn] Your log may contain sensitive information - you're logging more than "notice". Don't log unless it serves an important reason. Overwrite the log afterwards."

- Source: /var/log/tor/log
- Tails version: 3.6.2 (and confirmed in some previous versions)
- Problem: When using obfs4 bridges, log level is set to a high (probably 'debug') level.
- Solution: properly configure log to the 'notice' level when using obfs4 bridges
- Reproduce-able?: Yes

Since Tails lacks a public/archived mailing list for general discussion, (like torproject has tor-talk) I'll ask here.

How do I change the loglevel in the torrc* files to avoid the problem you describe?

Use Tails booted from a R/O DVD. That won't completely prevent the possibility that a sophisticated attacker might be able to snoop into your log, but should certainly limit the damage if it later turns out that one of our enemies has been doing that.

April 21, 2018


Sir i have a question.
I get the new iPhone but the seller sad that he get from maybe police tracking me. So when am i install this app on his phone so police can still find me.
By the way it's only for gernal knowledge hole thing is mide story.
But please tell the answer.

> I get the new iPhone but the seller sad that he get from maybe police tracking me. So when am i install this app on his phone so police can still find me.

Tor Project is a human rights organization, not a crime-abetting organization. You are of course free to use Tor however you like, but you may not get much sympathy here if you buy a stolen iPhone from some guy on the street and later get arrested and charged with receiving stolen property.

> By the way it's only for gernal knowledge hole thing is mide story.

So you "made up the whole story"? Why on earth should we trust you, because you said that you made up the whole thing, not to be involved in something harmful to ordinary citizens--- which is the kind of act which TP was created to oppose--- rather than harmful to some "national interest"--- which is the kind of act we probably like here, at least when the term "national interest" is a transparent official euphemism for "ruthless exploitation or even extrajudicial execution of ordinary citizens", as it generally is.

I have no idea what you actually plan to do with Tor, but I'd urge you to rethink your plans.

April 21, 2018


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