7th Privacy Enhancing Techniques Convention (PET-CON 2017.2)


University of Hamburg, East Wing, ESA O 222

Address: Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Hamburg, Germany



  • Silvia Knittl: A Machine Learning based Approach to discover Privacy Attacks
  • Samuel Brack (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): "Anonymous Communication using the Domain Name System"
  • Pascal Wichmann: Automated Inference of Web Software Packages and Their Versions
  • Phillipp Schoppmann: Secure k-Nearest Neighbors Classification
  • Benjamin Heitmann, RWTH Aachen: Privacy threats as a common vocabulary for the PETs community
  • Erik Sy: AppPETs: A Framework for Privacy-friendly Apps
  • Tronje Krabbe: Browser FIngerprinting Detection
  • Frederik Wille: Entwurf und Realisierung eines kontextabhängigen IPv6-Adresswechsels
  • Tobias Müller: Usability in OpenPGP Keysigning



  • (Optional) Paper submission for peer review: 14 Aug 2017
  • Feedback from peer review: 28 Aug 2017
  • Registration
    • if you submit a paper for peer review: 14 Aug 2017
    • for all other participants: 4 Sep 2017
  • Workshop: 11-12 Sep 2017
  • Final version for electronic proceedings: 25 Sep 2017



We invite you to attend PET-CON 2017.2 -- the seventh convention in Germany in the area of Privacy Enhancing Techniques. PET-CON brings together students (B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD), junior researchers, privacy activists and other interested people to discuss work in progress. PET-CON is organized by the PET interest group of the German Computer Science Society (GI). Previous PET-CONs took place at University of Regensburg, TU Dresden, TU Darmstadt, RWTH Aachen, and Goethe University Frankfurt.

PET-CON is a very informal gathering. The workshop consists of short contributed talks (10-15 minutes) followed by extensive feedback and discussions (up to 45 minutes). For instance, students can present planned, ongoing, and recently finished theses in order to receive feedback. We also accept presentations of papers that have already been published elsewhere.

There is no filtering of contributions. However, there is a voluntary submission process with peer review. Submissions should have a length of up to eight pages and be formatted using one of the common paper templates (e.g., llncs.cls). You can also attend the convention without giving a talk at all.



* abuse detection and protection

* anonymous routing

* application layer privacy

* big data and data protection

* economics of PETs

* end-user education and training

* HCI issues and usability

* intrusion detection while respecting privacy

* location privacy

* metrics for quality of protection

* mobile networks and smartphone applications

* performance optimization and measurement

* privacy in ubiquitous computing environments

* related legal issues (data protection)



The program starts after lunch at 1.00 pm of the first day and consists of short talks (15 min.), followed by discussions and breaks. We will have dinner in the evening to foster the exchange of new ideas. On the second day we continue with talks in the morning before we close the workshop at lunchtime.



If you would like to attend PET-CON, please send an e-mail to registration@pet-con.de with the following information

* your name and affiliation

* whether you want to give a talk or not

* (optional) the title of your talk and a short abstract

* (optional) a PDF file to submit to the peer review process

* (optional) if you are willing to help in the review process and how many papers you'd review at most (1-5)

* whether you want to have lunch on day 1

* whether you want to have dinner on day 1

* whether you want to have lunch on day 2


There will be no participation fee, however you have to pay for travel and accommodation costs for yourself (or ask your professor/university for a refund). We are currently looking for sponsors who can cover (part of) the costs for lunch and/or dinner.

We plan to publish a collection of the submitted papers in electronic form on a publication server of one of the participating universities. Authors may opt-out on this.



The event is organized by

* Dominik Herrmann (University of Siegen, University of Hamburg)

* Sebastian Pape (Goethe University Frankfurt)


You can reach us via e-mail at herrmann at informatik dot uni-hamburg dot de and sebastian dot pape at m-chair dot de.