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Call for participation

Joint Workshop on Mobile Web Privacy

WAP Forum & World Wide Web Consortium

7-8 December 2000
Munich, Germany

Workshop Goal

This workshop will identify steps WAP & W3C should take to assure that the standards facilitating mobile Web services have the architectural capacity to address the unique privacy issues arising out of mobile access to the Web. Recognizing that a comprehensive approach to privacy for both fixed and mobile Web services requires cooperation among those designing the underlying architecture and standards, W3C and the WAP Forum have agreed to organize this workshop jointly.

Workshop Topics

Realizing the promise of mobile Web services requires careful attention to privacy issues. For quite some time, the Web community has recognized the requirement to create a platform for privacy-related tools as a fundamental part of Web architecture. Indeed, a key conclusion of the WAP - W3C Workshop on Position Dependent Information Services was that a comprehensive approach to privacy issues in mobile platforms is an "absolute requirement for the system to be used."

With the growth of the Web to include mobile access and service options, it is now necessary to develop a consistent approach to privacy protection that enables both users and service providers to build trust and confidence in user relationships throughout both the wired and wireless Web.

In order to explore the steps needed to build a common, trusted privacy platform, this workshop will examine topics including:

We hope to address these issues with the diverse perspectives of participants from industry, academe, government, and privacy advocacy groups.

Criteria for success

A successful workshop will have:


The workshop will produce:

The summary report, papers, and presentations will be publicly available from the workshop web page.

Expected audience

We expect several groups to contribute to the workshop:

The workshop is an open event; however, space is limited and preference will be given to (1) members of W3C and WAP Forum, (2) experts in the field of mobile Web services and, (3) experts, regulators and advocates in the field of privacy protection.

Registration and rules for participation

Position Papers

Position papers are the basis for the discussion at the workshop. A position paper is concise statement, around 1 to 5 pages (maximum 2500 words), summarizing:

Position papers will be published on the public web pages of the workshop, so position papers and slides of presentations must be available for public dissemination. Submitting a position paper constitutes an agreement to allow public dissemination together with other workshop materials. 

The Program Committee will ask the authors of particularly salient position papers to present their position at the workshop in order to foster discussion. There will also be a poster session during the workshop for papers who are not given presentation slots. The posters will also be available on the web site.

It is required that every member or organization represented at the workshop submit a position paper. Position papers should be submitted via email to the paper collection mailing list www-mobile-privacy-workshop-papers@w3.org no later than Monday 6 November 2000. Allowed formats are HTML and ASCII. Papers in Postscript, Word or other proprietary formats will be returned, with a request for correct formatting. Good examples of position papers can be seen in the XML Signature workshop or the QL'98 workshop.


Workshop organization


Name Email



Daniel Weitzner

djweitzner@w3.org W3C Technology & Society Domain Leader W3C

Rick Noens

Rick.Noens@motorola.com WAP Telematics Expert Group Chair Motorola

Program Committee

The Workshop will be organized by a Program committee which includes representatives from the relevant working groups in both the WAP Forum and W3C.

The Workshop Co-Chairs are Rick Noens (WAP/Motorola) and Daniel Weitzner (W3C/MIT).

Preliminary program

Each paper session will include discussion on the topics presented.

Day 1: December 7, 2000

08.30 - 09.00 Registration

09.00 - 09.30 Introductory remarks. Rick Noens & Daniel Weitzner

09.30 - 12.00 Presentations of invited papers

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 16.00 Presentation of accepted position papers

16.00 - 17.00 Q & A

19.00 - 22.00 Social event

Day 2: December 8, 2000

09.00 - 10.00 Presentations of invited papers

10.00 - 12.00 Presentation of accepted position papers

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 16.00 Summary of requirements identified and next steps

16.00 - 17.00 Q & A


This Workshop is to be held in Munich, Germany, at the Hilton Munich City Hotel.

Getting There

To be completed shortly


WAP staff have identified two hotels for those attending the workshop, though attendees are free to stay wherever they like in Munich. We do not have a room block reserved and this is a busy time of year in Munich, so please reserve early.

Hilton Munich City (workshop site)

Phone: +49 (0) 89 48040

Fax: +49 (0) 89 4804 4804

Address: Rosenheimer Strasse 15 D-81667 Munich

Hilton Munich Park

(this is where the WAP Forum meeting is being held the week following the workshop)

Phone: +49 (0) 89 38450

Fax: +49 (0) 89 3845 2588

Address: Am Tucherpark 7 D-80538 Munich


Important dates

Today: Send a Statement of Interest to www-mobile-privacy-workshop@w3.org stating:

THIS DOES NOT REPLACE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION ! For official registration, please use the registration form.

Date Event
16 October 2000 Call for participation circulated
6 November 2000 Deadline for position papers (1 to 5 pages in HTML format - send to www-mobile-privacy-workshop-papers@w3.org)
15 November 2000 Definite program available
6 November 2000 Deadline for registration (use registration form).
24 November 2000 Extra places distributed to those on waiting list
7-8 December 2000 Workshop held in Munich, Germany
31 January 2001 Workshop summary report published

Daniel J. Weitzner, <djweitzner@w3.org>