Information Security, Privacy and Blockchain

Track description

With the increasingly ubiquitous use of IT systems in most areas of our lives—spanning from government, to banking, health, and retail management—problems associated with information privacy and information security are becoming a focal issue for various stakeholders around the globe. Moreover, the emergence and proliferation of emerging internet-based technologies and applications as well as mobile IT further increase the importance of concerns about information privacy and information security. This results in intense public discussions at all levels. For example, the Cambridge Analytica scandal showcased the extent and dangers of user data collection and caused major concerns worldwide. Further examples of continuing debates are related to the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystems, genetic privacy, or the usage of a multitude of tracking and tracing technologies, e.g., in the context of Covid-19.

This track seeks contributions that address the rising concerns over information security & privacy in various contexts including blockchain and cryptocurrencies. We especially encourage research that focuses on the emerging internet-based technologies and applications across a variety of industries (health, social, finance, transportation, just to name a few). All methodological approaches are welcome, including but not limited to data analytics, experimental studies, qualitative studies, case studies, design science approaches, and conceptual papers.

Possible topics

Covered areas include, but are not limited to:

- Privacy and Security in Social Media
- Privacy and Security in Mobile Web / Mobile Applications
- Privacy and Security in E-Commerce / Online Markets
- Privacy and Security in Critical Information Infrastructures
- Advances in Usable Security
- Employee Security Policy Compliance
- Cybercrime and Security Violations
- IT Security Threats and Challenges
- IT Security Monitoring, Audit, Certification and Control
- Privacy Perceptions and Behavior
- Intercultural/Gender Perspectives on Privacy and Security
- Privacy Attitude-Behavior Gap
- Assessing the Value of Privacy
- Data as a Means of Payment
- Biases in Privacy Perceptions and Behavior
- Behavioral Economics of Security and Privacy
- Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
- Legal Aspects of Security and Privacy
- Privacy Regulation in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica scandal
- Cyberbullying and Cybermobbing
- Organizational Privacy Attitudes, Perceptions, and Behaviors
- Contradictions in Information Privacy Conceptualizations
- Privacy Engineering, Transparency, and Control
- Adverse Security or Privacy Effects of Blockchain Technology
- Blockchain and trust, accountability
- Blockchain privacy and security

Track Chairs

Ali Sunyaev

Ali Sunyaev ( is Professor for Computer Science at the Department of Economics and Management of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. His research interests are trustworthy Internet technologies as well as complex health IT applications. His research work accounts for the multifaceted use contexts of digital technologies with research on human behavior affecting internet-based systems and vice versa. His research appeared in journals including JAIS, JMIS, ACM CSUR, JIT, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Communications of the ACM, and others. His research work has been appreciated numerous times and is featured in a variety of media outlets.      

Jens Grossklags

Jens Grossklags is Professor of Cyber Trust with the Department of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich. Previously, he served as a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, and he held visiting positions at EPFL, EURECOM, IMDEA Software Institute and the Copenhagen Business School. In his research agenda, he is studying privacy, security and challenges in artificial intelligence from a theoretical and practical perspective. His academic work is highly cross-disciplinary and utilizes analytic, empirical, and experimental methodologies. He has published over 100 papers in various forums in computer science, information systems, law and policy.

Associate Editors

  • Annika Baumann, Weizenbaum Institute
  • Zinaida Benenson, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg
  • Tobias Dehling, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Christian Djeffal, Technical University of Munich
  • Tatiana Ermakova, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Torsten Eymann, University of Bayreuth
  • Daniel Fischer, TU Ilmenau
  • Michael Friedewald, Fraunhofer ISI
  • Steffi Haag, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg
  • Paula Helm, University of Hagen
  • Dominik Herrmann, University of Bamberg
  • Thomas Hupperich, University of Münster
  • Mathias Klier, University of Ulm
  • Peter Niemeyer, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Simon Trang, University of Göttingen
  • Liudmila Zavolokina, University of Zurich