WASP 2024

First Workshop on Accessible Security & Privacy (WASP)

IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy 2024

July 12, 2024 – Vienna, Austria

The Workshop on Accessible Security & Privacy (WASP) focuses on the security and privacy problems people with disabilities encounter in their daily lives as well as improving the accessibility aspects of security and privacy safeguards. The workshop strives to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, industry stakeholders, or government agencies interested in accessibility to discuss issues, challenges, methodologies, and improvements that cater to the security and privacy preservation of people with disabilities. It is the ultimate goal of the workshop to foster an actionable change in the accessibility paradigm when it comes to designing for security and privacy for the people who cannot use technologies in the same way as non-disabled users.

Call for Papers

WASP invites submissions presenting novel research on all aspects of accessible security and privacy, including empirical research, design research, systematization of knowledge, and vision or position papers. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative security or privacy accessibility functionality and design
  • Accessibility evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features and lessons learned
  • Security testing of new or existing accessibility features
  • Psychological, sociological, economic, or anthropological aspects aspects of accessible security and privacy
  • Inclusive security and privacy
  • Research and design methodologies for accessible security and privacy research
  • Ethics in accessible security and privacy research
  • Replication of previously published studies and experiments with emphasis on accessibility
  • Reports of failed accessible privacy and/or security studies or experiments, with the focus on the lessons learned from such experience
  • Organizational policy decisions and their impact on accessible security and privacy
  • Systematization of knowledge papers that provide new insight, focused on accessibility, into a previously studied security and/or privacy area

All submissions must clearly relate to the accessibility aspect of security or privacy. Papers on security or privacy that do not address accessibility or do not focus on people with disabilities will not be considered. Likewise, papers on accessibility that do not address security or privacy will not be considered. The determination of whether a paper is within scope is at the discretion of the program committee chairs.

The workshop is co-located with the 9th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P 2024).

Important Dates

All deadlines are Anywhere on Earth (AoE = UTC-12h).

  • Paper submission due: March 29, 2024
  • Acceptance notice to authors: April 30, 2024
  • Publication-ready papers submitted: May 15, 2024
  • Workshop: July 12, 2024

Submission Guidelines

WASP invites both full papers and position papers reporting on mature work that has been completed. The papers should present interesting results for that are of particular interest of the broader accessibility, usability, security, and privacy communities. Full papers must not exceed 10 pages in length using the (IEEE Format), excluding references and appendices. Position papers should be around 4 pages in length and present novel, open, and pressing questions that the community should address or issues of accessibility that past research papers in security and privacy have not yet addressed.

Authors are advised to scale the length of the paper according to the contributions described therein. Authors have the option to attach to their paper‘s supplementary appendices with study materials (e.g., survey instruments, interview guides, codebooks, etc.) that would not otherwise take up valuable space within the body of the paper. Reviewers are not required to read appendices, so the papers should be self-contained without them.

Anonymous Submissions

Papers should be fully anonymized before review: author names or affiliations may not appear or be revealed in the text. Previous work of the authors should be referred to the third person. In the unusual case that an anonymous reference is not possible, the authors should blind the reference (e.g. “[x] Blinded citation to preserve submission anonymity”). Papers that are not properly anonymized may be desk rejected.

Submission of work that has been previously presented at conferences without proceedings, even if that work is associated with the names of the authors, or is published on online repositories such as ArXiv.org or SSRN, is allowed as long as the submission is fully anonymized. PC members that may recognize the work and its authors are asked to declare conflict on that paper and will not be assigned to it.

Paper Formatting

Full papers shall not exceed 10 pages (position papers should be around 4 pages) of body text, with unlimited additional pages for references and appendices. Reviewers are explicitly not expected to read the appendices while deciding whether to accept or reject the paper.

Papers must be typeset in LaTeX in A4 format (not “US Letter”) using the IEEE conference proceeding template we supply eurosp2023-template.zip Please do not use other IEEE templates. For accessibility purposes, paper must avoid hyphenation throughout the paper.

Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Authors should pay special attention to unusual fonts, images, and figures that might create problems for reviewers. Your document should render correctly in Adobe Reader XI and when printed in black and white.

Presentation and Publications

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to present their paper at the workshop. All papers will be published by IEEE CS and posted on the IEEE digital libraries.

Submission site

Please submit your paper through HotCRP here: https://wasp24.hotcrp.com/

Organizing Committee

Program Co-Chairs

Filipo Sharevski, DePaul University
Aziz Zeidieh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Program Committee

Kevin Butler, University of Florida
Karen Renaud, University of Strathclyde
Teslima Akter, UC Irvine
Yaxing Yao, Virginia Tech
Peter Mayer, University of Southern Denmark
Mattea Sim, University of Washington
Alonso Oliver, DePaul University
Ozgur Ozmen, Purdue University
Marvin Ramokapane, University of Bristol
Verena Distler, University of the Bundeswehr Munich
Mattia Mossano, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Maxime Veit, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Tanusree Sharma, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer Vander Loop, DePaul University
Oksana Kulyk, IT University of Copenhagen
Sanchari Das, University of Denver


The workshop is co-located with the 9th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P 2024). To register please visit the registration page of the main event.