Call for Papers: Workshop on Measurements, Attacks, and Defenses for the Web (MADWeb) 2019

The web connects billions of devices, running a plethora of clients, and serves billions of users every day. To cope with such a widespread adoption, the web constantly changes. This is evident by some browsers that have a release cycle of just six weeks. These rapid changes are not always studied from a security perspective, resulting in new attack vectors that were never observed before.

The proposed workshop aims at attracting researchers that work on the intersection of browser evolution and web security. Our goal is to create a new venue for discussing the rapid changes to browsers from a security perspective, the security implications of current web technologies and how we can make browsers in the future more secure without hindering the evolution of the web.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: 15 December 2018 21 December 2018, Anywhere-on-earth (AOE)
  • Acceptance notification: 15 January 2019
  • Workshop: 24 February 2019 (co-located with NDSS 2019)

Areas of Interest

Submissions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Fingerprinting and tracking on the web
  • Browser exploitation
  • Secure browser architectures
  • Measurement studies of online crime, fraud, and underground economies
  • Measurement studies of web security & privacy issues
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies for the web
  • Security and privacy of emerging web technologies
  • Detection of bots

Submission Instructions

All papers must be written in English. Papers must be formatted for US letter size paper in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9.25-inch high and 3.5-inch wide. The text must be in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. If possible, authors should use the templates provided by NDSS.

We invite both full papers and short papers. Full papers should have no more than 10 pages in total (excluding references and appendices). Short papers must have less than 6 pages (again, excluding references and appendices), and can be about work-in-progress and novel ideas. Short papers will be selected based on their potential to spark interesting discussions during the workshop.

Submissions are encouraged to be anonymized for review, but this is not necessary.

Submission site:

Workshop Format

One author of each accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the workshop. The format will be traditional conference-style research presentations with questions from the audience. Interactive and engaging presentations are welcomed. Following notification to authors, more information will be provided regarding speaking times and other details. The accepted papers can be made available on the workshop website, but the workshop will have no official proceedings. Authors are free to submit work appearing in MADWeb’19 to other venues following the workshop.

Program Committee Chairs

  • Alexandros Kapravelos, North Carolina State University
  • Nick Nikiforakis, Stony Brook University

Program Committee

  • Davide Balzarotti, EURECOM
  • Nataliia Bielova, INRIA
  • Adam Doupé, Arizona State University
  • Steven Englehardt, Mozilla
  • Engin Kirda, Northeastern University
  • Sebastian Lekies, Google
  • Nektarios Leontiadis, Facebok
  • Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tamara Rezk, INRIA
  • Zubair Shafiq, University of Iowa
  • Peter Snyder, Brave
  • Ben Stock, CISPA Helmholtz Center (i.G.)
  • Gianluca Stringhini, Boston University
  • Giovanni Vigna, UC Santa Barbara