Call for Papers ESWC 2020 Security, Privacy, Licensing & Trust Track


Semantic technology is used not only to represent knowledge in a machine-readable format but also to support the publication and interlinking of data. However, large scale publishing and interlinking of machine-readable data on the Web brings with it particular challenges with respect to trust, privacy and security. To date, in spite of all the work carried out to implement the General Data Protection Reform (GDPR), very little research has been specifically conducted into the legal, ethical and societal impact of semantic technologies –nor their potential to develop privacy-enhancing technologies. The aim of this track is to provide a forum for researchers to discuss both challenges and opportunities, and to unveil practical and exploratory usage of semantic technology with respect to trust, privacy and security. The track invites papers in the fields of computer science, law, humanities and social sciences, as well as other relevant fields. Multidisciplinary papers are particularly welcome.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Use of the Semantic Web to support security, privacy and trust 
  • Semantic Web tools for implementing privacy by design and compliance by design paradigms
  • Ethical, legal and societal impact of the Semantic Web on Security, Privacy, Licensing and Trust
  • Impact of privacy legislation and intellectual property rights legislation on linked data and and schemas
  • Economic aspects of privacy preserving semantic tools
  • Synchronisation of policies from different legal domains
  • Techniques for anonymity, pseudonymity and unlinkability in linked and semantic data
  • Reasoning and inference in private, sensitive or confidential data
  • Protecting against identity theft and data falsification
  • Encryption together with linked and semantic data
  • Data transparency and user consent on the Web of Data
  • Data provenance and trustworthiness of knowledge sources
  • Use of blockchain and semantic smart contracts
  • Standard specifications of policy languages 
  • Case studies of security, privacy, licensing and trust in specific domains
  • Access control to linked data or based on semantic web techniques 
  • The role of the Semantic Web before the new data ethics canvas and EU recommendations on AI and data ethics wrt privacy
  • Semantic Web, Law and governance in deliberative e-democracy 

Track Chairs

Serena Villata, Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Inria, I3S, France

Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

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