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                     5th IEEE International Workshop on Digital Rights Management Impact on Consumer Communications

13 January 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada

                                       Satellite Workshop of 6th IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference

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Goals and Topics

Consumers and consumer electronics are increasingly using the Internet for distribution of digital goods, including digital versions of books, articles, music, and images. The ease with which digital goods can be copied and redistributed makes the Internet well suited for unauthorized copying, modification and redistribution. The rapid adoption of new technologies such as high-bandwidth connections, wireless networks, and peer-to-peer networks is accelerating this process.

This one-day workshop on Digital Rights Management Impact on Consumer Communications addresses problems faced by rights holders - who seek to protect their intellectual property rights, and by end consumers - who seek to protect their privacy and to preserve access they now enjoy in traditional media under.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are intended to protect the rights of content owners in scenarios in which the participants have conflicting goals and are not fully trusted. 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 can enable new business models and applications. Recent research has also proposed new primitives for DRM, such as hash functions that make it possible to identify content in an adversarial setting.

The workshop will contain some invited presentations and presentations accepted by open submission. The format will be a series of presentations held in a panel/forum type of environment to encourage interaction and discussion of topics and issues.

The workshop seeks workshop proposal 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, those shown below: 

  • DRM protocols
  • architectures for DRM systems
  • interoperability
  • auditing
  • business models for online content distribution
  • copyright-law issues, including but not limited to fair use
  • digital policy management
  • information ownership
  • privacy and anonymity
  • risk management
  • robust identification of digital content
  • security issues, including but not limited to authorization, encryption, tamper resistance, and watermarking
  • threat and vulnerability assessment
  • usability aspects of DRM systems
  • web services
  • 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. Paper length should not exceed five-page technical paper manuscript.  The paper should be used as the basis for a 20 - 30 minute workshop presentation.

  • Papers should be submitted in a .pdf or .ps format by selecting CCNC'09 on the  EDAS paper submission website and then selecting the workshop submission link.
  • A separate cover sheet should show the title of the paper, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the address (including e-mail, telephone, and fax) to which the correspondence should be sent.
  • All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).
  • At least one author of accepted papers is required to register at the full registration rate.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission:                              19 Sept 2008
  • Author Notification:                              26 Sept 2008
  • Author Registration Deadline:                10 Oct 2008
  • Workshop date:                                    13 Jan 2009

Workshop co-Chairs

Dr Xin Wang, ContentGuard, Inc., USA
Dr David Llewellyn-Jones, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

PC Members

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
Mario Kolberg, University of Stirling, UK
Shiguo Lian,  France Telecom R&D Beijing, China
Madjid Merabti, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Jean-Henry Morin, University of Geneva, Switzerland
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


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