3rd Workshop on obfuscation

May 11-12, 2020
Delft University of Technology

We regrettably inform you that we have decided to postpone the 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation because of growing concerns and constrictive measures around COVID-19 that increase uncertainties around travel conditions. We plan to reschedule the workshop for later in 2020.

We apologise for this inconvenience, but we hope that you understand that we take this decision to ensure a safe and pleasant workshop for everyone.

Further updates will be published on this website and through other channels as soon as we have more concrete details.

Our sympathies at this time are with those affected around the world.

The organizing committee of the 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation

Obfuscation strategies offer creative ways to evade surveillance, protect privacy, and improve security by adding and modifying data instead of concealing it, making it more ambiguous and difficult to exploit. In previous sessions, the Obfuscation Workshop focused on obfuscation as the art and science of privacy protection in contexts where actions are being monitored and analyzed by humans, organizations, or information technologies. As the digital expands into the physical, the human and the non-human, we find obfuscation also in decision-making, moral choices, coalition-making and novel forms of resistance to the increasing use of optimization in managing our every day lives. The 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation therefore aspires to broaden the scope and think of other ways in which obfuscation may (or may not) come to serve people in situations of power asymmetries. We encourage researchers, scientists, policy makers, developers, journalists, activists, artists and other interested parties to join us to discuss a broad range of approaches to obfuscation, including tools, simulations and experimental methods for people to obfuscate themselves and their environments in asymmetries of power and information. We welcome two types of participation: with submission and without submission. For more details, please check the Call for participation.

Deregister online for the event.

Report of the 2nd Workshop on obfuscation (WO 2017)

The Workshop Report from the 2nd Workshop on Obfuscation, available as individual articles on this website as well as in a printer-friendly PDF.  Whether you were able to attend or couldn't make it, we hope this report will provide further resources towards developing obfuscation both as a theory and praxis.

We have asked our panelists to each provide a brief essay summarizing their project, concept, application—with an emphasis on the questions, challenges, and discussions raised during the weekend. As with the workshop itself, this report is a starting point rather than an end point.


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Organizing committee:

Ero Balsa (KU Leuven)
Caspar Chorus (TU Delft)
Seda Gürses (TU Delft)
Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech)