Call for Papers: Workshop on Measurements, Attacks, and Defenses for the Web (MADWeb) 2023

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
  • 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
  • DNS security and privacy
  • Unethical and malicious activity on the web
  • 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).

Submission site:

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: (extended) January 6, 2023 Anywhere-on-earth (AOE)
  • Acceptance notification: January 27, 2023
  • Camera-ready deadline: February 7, 2023
  • Workshop date: March 3, 2023 (co-located with NDSS 2023)

Workshop Format

MADWeb will be co-located with NDSS 2023. MADWeb will be an on-site event.

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.

Program Committee Co-Chairs

  • Aurore Fass, Stanford University
  • Zubair Shafiq, University of California, Davis

Program Committee

  • Adam Oest, Paypal
  • Amin Kharraz, Florida International University
  • Anastasia Shuba, DuckDuckGo
  • Billy Melicher, Palo Alto Networks
  • Brendan Dolan-Gavitt, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Cristian-Alexandru Staicu, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Douglas Leith, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Gunes Acar, Radboud University
  • Imane Fouad, Univ Lille, Inria Lille
  • Iskander Sanchez-Rola, NortonLifeLock Research Group
  • Luca Compagna, SAP Security Research
  • Marco Squarcina, TU Wien
  • Marius Steffens, Google
  • Muhammad Ahmad Bashir, Google
  • Nataliia Bielova, Inria Sophia Antipolis
  • Peter Snyder, Brave Software
  • Phani Vadrevu, University of New Orleans
  • Pierre Laperdrix, CNRS, Univ Lille, Inria Lille
  • Rahmadi Trimananda, University of California, Irvine
  • Rishab Nithyanand, University of Iowa
  • Sajjad JJ Arshad, Google
  • Shehroze Farooqi, University of Iowa
  • Shubham Agarwal, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Stefano Calzavara, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
  • Tom Van Goethem, Google
  • Victor Le Pochat, KU Leuven
  • Yinzhi Cao, Johns Hopkins University

Steering Committee

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


MADWeb 2023 is partially supported by Palo Alto Networks.