Call for Papers: Workshop on Measurements, Attacks, and Defenses for the Web (MADWeb) 2022

Please note that this workshop has been reschdeuled to Thursday, 28 April 2022.

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.

Areas of Interest

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

  • Fingerprinting and tracking on the web
  • Browser exploitation and defenses
  • Secure browser architectures
  • Security policies for the web
  • Security of progressive web apps
  • 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 and AI applications for a secure web
  • Data-driven web security and malware detection
  • Anti-phishing technologies
  • Detection of bots and crawlers/scrapers
  • Unethical and illicit activity on the web
  • Disinformation and deception threats
  • DNS security and privacy
  • Digital forensics for the web

Submission Instructions

All papers must be written in English. Papers must be formatted for US letter size (not A4) paper in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9.25 in. high and 3.5 in. wide. The text must be in Times font, 10-point or larger, with 11-point or larger line spacing. Authors are strongly encouraged to 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 discuss work-in-progress and novel ideas. Short papers will be selected based on their potential to spark interesting discussions during the workshop.

Submissions must be properly anonymized for double-blind review (please follow NDSS guidelines on paper anonymization).

MADWeb will be co-located with NDSS 2022 and will follow the same format as the main conference.

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. Publication in the proceedings is not mandatory and authors can choose to have their papers excluded from the official proceedings by selecting “No proceedings” during submission in HotCRP.

Submission site:

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: January 10 2022  Anywhere-on-earth (AOE)
  • Acceptance notification: February 7 2022
  • Workshop date: April 28 2022 (co-located with NDSS 2022)

Financial Support

MADWeb will provide limited financial support to speakers and attendees to pay workshop registration fees. Priority will be given to authors of accepted papers, students working in relevant areas of research and coming from under-represented institutions, attendees who have clear financial need, attendees from diverse backgrounds and from under-represented minority communities.

Please add any relevant information under “Request financial support for attending the workshop?” to your submission in HotCRP, or contact the PC chairs if you have any questions or special requests.

Program Committee Chairs

  • Roberto Perdisci, University of Georgia
  • Zubair Shafiq, UC Davis

Program Committee

  • Adam Doupé, Arizona State University
  • Adam Oest, PayPal, Inc.
  • Amin Kharraz, Florida International University
  • Anastasia Shuba, Independent Researcher
  • Baris Coskun, Amazon, AWS
  • Billy Melicher, Palo Alto Networks
  • Cristian-Alexandru Staicu, CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Gianluca Stringhini, Boston University
  • Gunes Acar, Radboud University
  • Imane Fouad, Université de Lille
  • Iskander Sanchez-Rola, Norton Research Group
  • Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kapil Singh, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Konrad Rieck, TU Braunschweig
  • Kyu Hyung Lee, University of Georgia
  • Leyla Bilge, Norton LifeLock Research Group
  • Luca Invernizzi, Google
  • Marc Juarez, USC
  • Peter Snyder, Brave Software
  • Phani Vadrevu, University of New Orleans
  • Pierre Laperdrix, CNRS
  • Rahmadi Trimananda, University of California, Irvine
  • Sajjad Arshad, Google
  • Stefano Calzavara, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • Steven Englehardt, DuckDuckGo
  • Umar Iqbal, University of Washington
  • Victor Le Pochat, imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven
  • Weihang Wang, University at Buffalo
  • Yinzhi Cao, Johns Hopkins University
  • Yonghwi Kwon, University of Virginia

Steering Committee

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


MADWeb 2022 is partially supported by Palo Alto Networks.