IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference

  8th IEEE International Workshop on Digital Rights Management Impact on Consumer Communications

                                                14th January, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada
                Satellite Workshop of 9th IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference

                                                              (IEEE CCNC 2012)

Goals and Topics
Consumers and consumer electronics are increasingly using the Internet for distribution of digital goods, including digital versions of books, articles, music, video, games, software, images and 3D content. The growing popularity of tablets, e-readers and smartphones is introducing new publishing approaches and business models. Digital distribution is now a mature area, but the balance between the protection of content, and flexibility and security for consumers remains a challenge.

Organizations are also increasingly concerned with information protection and control within and beyond the corporate perimeter for reasons including traceability, compliance, accountability and persistent management of intangible assets. The ease with which digital goods can be copied and redistributed makes the Internet well suited for unauthorized copying, modification and redistribution. The increasing use of cloud-based storage, along with the rapid adoption of new technologies such as high-bandwidth connections, wireless networks, peer-to-peer networks and surface computing is accelerating this process.

This one-day workshop on Digital Rights Management addresses problems faced by all stakeholders in this ecosystem including rights owners – who seek to protect their intellectual property rights and develop innovative business models – and end users – who seek to protect their privacy, enjoy a good user experience and preserve access they benefit from using traditional media.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are intended to protect the rights of content owners in scenarios in which the participants often have conflicting goals and interests. This adversarial situation introduces interesting new twists on classical problems studied in cryptology and security research, such as key management and access control. Furthermore, novel security mechanisms and innovative designs can enable new business models and applications.

The workshop format will be highly interactive, based on a series of presentations held in a panel/forum type of environment to encourage discussion of topics and issues.

The workshop seeks submissions (consisting of a paper) on all theoretical and practical aspects of DRM, as well as experimental studies of fielded systems on topics including, but not limited to, the following. 

  • DRM protocols
  • Architectures for DRM systems
  • Protection in evolving content areas (3D data, software distribution, social networking data)
  • Interoperability
  • Auditing
  • Micropayment and content remuneration
  • New Business models for online content distribution
  • Copyright-law issues, including but not limited to fair use
  • Rights expression languages
  • Digital policy management
  • Information ownership
  • Privacy and anonymity
  • Risk management
  • New DRM approaches and models
  • Robust identification of digital content
  • Security issues (authorization, encryption, tamper resistance, watermarking)
  • Threat and vulnerability assessment
  • Usability aspects of DRM systems (user acceptance, experience, awareness)
  • Societal and public policy issues
  • Implementations and case studies 

Guidelines for Submission
Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal, and has not been previously published. The paper should be used as the basis for a 20 - 30 minute workshop presentation.

Manuscripts should be written in English conforming to the IEEE standard conference format (8.5" x 11", Two-Column) and not exceed 5 pages in length. Submission of papers should be regarded as a commitment such that, if accepted, at least one author of the paper will register and attend the conference; otherwise it will be removed from the IEEE Digital Library after the conference.

Papers should be submitted in .pdf format via the EDAS paper submission website by selecting the workshop submission link <> [link to be updated].

Important Dates – All TBC

  • Paper Submission:                                24 August 2011
  • Author Notification:                                19 September 2011
  • Camera-ready Copy:                              10 October 2011
  • Workshop date:                                     14 January 2012 

Workshop co-Chairs

 PC Members (To be Confirmed)

  • Jaime Delgado,  Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Eric Diehl,  Thomson, FR
  • Steven Furnell,  University of Plymouth, UK
  • Rajit Gadh, University of California - Los Angeles, USA
  • Stefanos Gritzalis,  University of the Aegean, GRE
  • Antonius Kalker,  Hewlett-Packard, USA
  • Kashif Kifayat, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Mario Kolberg, University of Stirling, UK
  • Shiguo Lian,  France Telecom R&D Beijing, China
  • Madjid Merabti, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Milan Petkovic, Philips Research, NL
  • Marc Waldman, Manhattan College, USA
  • Heather Yu,  Huawei Technologies, USA
  • Wenjun Zeng, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, USA
  • Ning Zhang, University of Manchester, UK
  • Bin Zhu,  Microsoft Research Asia, China 

Organizers’ Contact Details
Dr Xin Wang, Huawei, USA
Address:   Huwei Technologies (USA), 2330 Central Express Way, Santa Clara, CA 95050, USA

Tel:           +1 408-330-4952
Cell:          +1 310-218-9429
Fax:          +1 408-330-5088

Dr Jean-Henry Morin, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Address:  Centre Universitaire d'Informatique, Université de Genève, Battelle, 7 route de Drize, CH-1227 CAROUGE, SWITZERLAND

Tel:           +41 (22) 379.02.55
Fax:          +41 (22) 379.02.33

Dr David Llewellyn-Jones, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Address:  School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, James Parsons Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK

Tel:           +44 (0)151 2312075
Fax:          +44 (0)151 2074594


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