USEC 2021

Workshop on Usable Security and Privacy (USEC)
A virtual event!
Auckland, New Zealand | Friday May 7 2021 (GMT Thursday May 6)


The Workshop on Usable Security (USEC) serves as an Asian forum for research and discussion in the area of human factors in security and privacy.

It is the aim of USEC to contribute to an increase of the scientific quality of research in human factors in security and privacy. To this end, we encourage replication studies to validate previous research findings. Papers in these categories should be clearly marked as such and will not be judged against regular submissions on novelty. Rather, they will be judged based on scientific quality and value to the community. We also encourage reports of faded experiments, since their publication will serve to highlight the lessons learned and prevent others falling into the same traps.




We invite submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all aspects of information security and privacy including, but not limited to, the following area;

  • innovative security or privacy functionality and design
  • new applications of existing models or technology
  • field studies of security or privacy technology
  • usability evaluations of new or existing security or privacy features
  • security testing of new or existing usability features
  • longitudinal studies of deployed security or privacy features
  • studies of administrators or developers and support for security and privacy
  • psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of security and privacy
  • the impact of organizational policy or procurement decisions
  • methodologies for usable security and privacy research
  • lessons learned from the deployment and use of usable privacy and security features
  • reports of replicating previously published studies and experiments
  • reports of failed usable privacy/security studies or experiments, with the focus on the lessons learned from such experience

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: Monday, 1 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 (Extended. Anywhere on Earth)
Notification: Sunday, 14 March 2021
Camera ready: Sunday, 28 March 2021

Submission Instructions

Papers should be written in English. Full papers must be no more than 10 pages total (including references and appendices). Papers must be formatted for US letter size (not A4) 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. Authors are encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates.

We also invite short papers of up to 6 pages covering work in progress, short communications, as well as novel or provocative ideas. Short papers will be selected based on their potential to spark interesting discussions during the workshop.

Papers that contribute to the research community’s knowledge base such as studies replicating previous results can be submitted as full or short papers. Submissions do not have to be anonymized for review. Please clearly refer to your own related work.

Submission Site
Please read how to make a new submission to EasyChair here:


All accepted papers will be published online by Internet Society with DoIs. There is also an opportunity to expand by ~30% after the workshop and submit to Frontiers.


With the generous donations from our sponsors (Internet Society, Indiana University (US), and Massey University (NZ)), the registration will be free for all accepted papers this year


General Chairs

Julian Jang-Jaccard, Massey University
L Jean Camp, Indiana University Bloomington

Program Committee

  • Christian Probst, Unitec Institute of Technology, NZ
  • Dan DongSeong Kim, University of Queensland, AU
  • Dongxi Liu, Data61 / CSIRO, AU
  • Fariza Sabrina, Central Queensland University, AU
  • Hooman Alavizadeh, Massey University, AU
  • Hyoungshick Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Jayati Dav, Indiana University Bloomington, US
  • Jin Kwak, Ajou University, Korea
  • Julia Bernd, International Computer Science Institute, US
  • Karima Boudaoud, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen, Utah State University, US
  • Ian Welch, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Seyit Camtepe, Data61 / CSIRO, AU
  • Sophie van der Zee, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Vimal Kumar, University of Waikato, NZ
  • Xuyun Zhang, Macquarie University, AU