3rd USENIX Workshop on Electronic Commerce
August 31 - September 3, 1998
Sponsored by USENIX , the Advanced Computing Systems Association
Extended abstracts due: ||March 6, 1998
Notification to authors: ||April 17, 1998
Camera-ready final papers due: ||July 21, 1998
Chair: Bennet S. Yee, UC San Diego
Public Key Infrastructure Coordinator: Daniel Geer, CertCo, LLC
Ross Anderson, Cambridge University
Marc Donner, Morgan Stanley
Niels Ferguson, Digicash
Mark Manasse, Digital Equipment Corp.
Clifford Neuman, University of Southern California
Avi Rubin, AT&T Labs
Win Treese, OpenMarket
Doug Tygar, Carnegie Mellon University
Hal Varian, UC Berkeley
The Third Workshop on Electronic Commerce will provide a major
opportunity for researchers, experimenters, and practitioners in
this rapidly self-defining field to exchange ideas and present the
results of their work. It will set the technical agenda for work in
electronic commerce by enabling workers to examine urgent
questions, share their insights and discover connections with other
work that might otherwise go unnoticed. To facilitate this, the
conference will not be limited to technical problems and solutions,
but will also consider their context: the economic and regulatory
forces that influence the engineering choices we make, and the
social and economic impact of network based trading systems.
Each of the Workshop's three days will have two sessions focused on Public
Key Infrastructures (PKI).
This series of invited speakers and debates will examine the role and
possible mechanisms of PKI in the future of electronic commerce. Emphasis
will be on the practical side--actual field cases--and learning from
experience. We seek, as engineers, to determine which of the various
competing PKI claims are sustainable and practical, and, as business
people, to learn what of the available PKI technology is actually
correlated with our needs as they truly are.
The Workshop on Electronic Commerce will begin with tutorials which offer
in-depth instruction in essential technologies. The one day of tutorials
will be followed by three days of refereed papers and panel presentations
examining topics in electronic commerce as well as the invited sessions
exploring Public Key Infrastructures. A hosted reception on Wednesday
evening and evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions will provide opportunities
for attendees to meet together informally.
Tutorials Proposals Welcome
One day of tutorials, on August 31, will start off the Workshop.
USENIX's well-respected tutorials are intensive and provide
immediately-useful information delivered by skilled instructors who
are hands-on experts in their topic areas. Topics for the
Electronic Commerce Workshop will include, but are not limited to,
security and cryptography.
If you are interested in presenting a tutorial, please contact:
Dan Klein, Coordinator
We welcome your suggestions of participants, topics and format. All
speakers will be invited. Please contact the PKI Sessions Coordinator, Dan
Geer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two and one-half days of technical sessions will follow the tutorials.
We welcome submissions for technical and position paper
presentations, reports of work-in-progress, technology debates, and
identification of new open problems. Birds-of-a-Feather sessions in
the evenings and a keynote speaker will round out the program.
We seek papers that address a wide range of issues and ongoing
developments, including, but not limited to:
Questions regarding a topic's relevance to the workshop may be
addressed to the program chair via electronic mail to email@example.com. USENIX will publish Conference Proceedings which are provided free to technical session attendees; additional copies will be available for purchase from USENIX.
Internet direct marketing
Legal and policy issues
Reports on existing systems
Services vs. digital goods
What to Submit
Technical paper submissions and proposals for panels must be received
by March 6, 1998. Work-In-Progress reports must be received by Mar
20, 1998. We welcome submissions of the following types:
Please accompany each submission by a cover letter stating the paper
title and authors along with the name of the person who will act as
the contact to the program committee. If the paper is a
Work-In-Progress submission, please clearly note this. Please include
a surface mail address, daytime and evening phone number, and, if
available, an email address and fax number for the contact person. If
all of the authors are students, please indicate that in the cover
letter for award consideration (see "Awards" below).
- Refereed Papers - Full papers or extended abstracts should be 5 to
20 pages, not counting references and figures.
- Panel proposals - Proposals should be 3 to 7 pages, together with
a list of names of potential panelists. If accepted, the proposer
must secure the participation of panelists, and the proposer will be
asked to prepare a 3 to 7 page summary of panel issues for inclusion
in the Proceedings. This summary can include position statements by
- Work-In-Progress Reports - Short, pithy, and fun, WIP reports
introduce interesting new or ongoing work and should be 1 to 3 pages
in length. If you have work you would like to share or a cool idea
that is not quite ready to publish, a WIP is for you! We are
particularly interested in presenting student work.
USENIX workshops, like most conferences and journals, require that
papers not be submitted simultaneously to more than one conference or
publication and that submitted papers not be previously or
subsequently published elsewhere. Submissions accompanied by
"non-disclosure agreement" forms are not acceptable and will be
returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions are held in the
highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both
as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of
Birds-Of-A-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Do you have a topic that you'd like to discuss with others?
Our Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions may be perfect for you. BoFs
are very interactive and informal gatherings for attendees
interested in a particular topic. Schedule your BoF
in advance by telephoning the USENIX Conference Office at
714.588.8649 or sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program committee will offer awards of $500 for the best paper and
the best student paper.
Where to Submit Proposals
Please send submissions to the program committee via one of the
following methods. All submissions will be acknowledged.
Please see the detailed submission guidelines.
- Preferred Method: email (Postscript or PDF formats only) to:
Files should be encoded for transport with uuencode or
MIME base64 encoding.
Authors should ensure that the PostScript is generic and
portable so that their papers will print on a broad range of
postscript printers, and should submit in sufficient time to
allow us to contact the author about alternative delivery
mechanisms in the event of network or other failure. If you send
PostScript, remember the following:
- Use only the most basic fonts (Times Roman, Helvetica,
Courier). Other fonts are not available with every printer or
- PostScript that requires some special prolog to be loaded into the
printer won't work for us. Please don't send it.
- If you use a PC- or Macintosh-based word processor to generate your PostScript, print it on a generic PostScript printer before sending it, to make absolutely sure that the PostScript is portable.
- If you are generating the PostScript from a program running under
Windows, make sure that you establish the "portable" setting, not the
"speed" setting for PostScript generation.
- A good heuristic is to make sure that recent versions of Ghostview
(e.g. Ghostview 1.5 using Ghostscript 3.33) can display your paper.
- Alternate Method: 10 copies, via postal delivery to:
Attn: EC'98 Submissions
2560 Ninth Street, Suite 215
Berkeley, CA 94710
Complete technical and tutorial programs, registration fees and forms and
hotel information will be available on this web site in June, 1998. The
information will also be printable from a PDF file located on the web site.
However, if you would like to receive the printed program booklet, please
request it at any time by email to email@example.com.