Call for Papers: Workshop on Measurements, Attacks, and Defenses for the Web (MADWeb) 2020

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 to attract researchers that work on the intersection of browser evolution and web security. Our goal is to create and sustain a new venue for discussing the rapid changes to browsers from a security perspective, the security implications of current web technologies, how we can protect users now, and make browsers in the future more secure without hindering the evolution of the web.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: December 27, 2019 Anywhere-on-earth (AOE)
  • Acceptance Notification: January 15, 2020
  • Camera-ready Deadline: January 24, 2020
  • Workshop: February 23, 2020 (co-located with NDSS 2020)

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
  • Machine learning applications for a secure web
  • Data-driven web security and malware detection
  • Anti-phishing technologies
  • Detection of bots
  • DNS security and privacy

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 will be made available on the workshop website and the workshop will have official proceedings released.

Travel Support

A limited number of accepted speakers will receive our support to pay registration fees and/or travel expenses. Preference will be given to students working in relevant areas of research and coming from under-represented institutions, speakers who have clear financial need, speakers from diverse backgrounds and from under-represented minority communities.

Please add relevant information under “Travel Support?” to you submission in HotCRP.

Program Committee Chairs

  • Oleksii Starov, Palo Alto Networks
  • Alexandros Kapravelos, North Carolina State University
  • Nick Nikiforakis, Stony Brook University

Program Committee

  • Yinzhi Cao, Johns Hopkins University
  • Louis DeKoven, Facebook
  • Adam Doupé, Arizona State University
  • Steven Englehardt, Mozilla
  • William Hewlett, Palo Alto Networks
  • Luca Invernizzi, Google
  • Engin Kirda, Northeastern University
  • Sebastian Lekies, Google
  • Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tamara Rezk, INRIA
  • Walter Rudametkin, Polytech Lille
  • Peter Snyder, Brave
  • Ben Stock, CISPA Helmholtz Center
  • Gianluca Stringhini, Boston University
  • Giovanni Vigna, UC Santa Barbara
  • Weihang Wang, University at Buffalo
  • Yuchen Zhou, Palo Alto Networks


MADWeb 2020 is partially supported by Palo Alto Networks.