[messaging] Announcing the EFF Crypto Usability Prize (EFF CUP) Workshop, July 9

Trevor Perrin trevp at trevp.net
Wed Mar 12 14:41:16 PDT 2014

Very cool!

Do you already have a good set of evaluators and judges, and you're mainly
looking for advice on metrics?  Or are you also looking to get more people
/ orgs involved in the evaluation process?

I guess I'd encourage a larger / diverse judging panel so that you're
tapping different perspectives, and also to increase the contest's prestige
and objectivity.

I also think you might consider multiple prizes, since there are different
categories of apps, and having more winners means the benefits of this
process get spread more widely.


On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM, Joseph Bonneau <jbonneau at gmail.com> wrote:

> Of possible interest to many on this list, the EFF is hoping to offer a
> prize for the most usable end-to-end encrypted communication tool this
> year. This is still in the early stage of planning but we have set aside a
> one-day workshop on July 9 in Menlo Park, CA to discuss and debate the
> process for awarding the prize. The workshop is attached to SOUPS, the
> biggest event for academic usability researchers interested in security, so
> for security-minded folks this is a great way to get in touch with UI
> experts.
> As a co-organizer I'd be interested to hear ideas on the best structure to
> adopt for the workshop. I'd also encourage anybody interested in
> participating more to submit an abstract on a talk they'd like to give at
> the workshop (due date is May 15 so lots of time to think about ideas until
> then).
> Full details below.
> Cheers,
> Joe
> ************************************************************
> 2014 EFF Crypto Usability Prize (EFF CUP) Workshop
> ************************************************************
> Submission Deadline: May 15, 2014, 5pm PDT
> Notification Deadline: May 30, 2014 5pm PDT
> Anonymization: Papers are NOT to be anonymized
> Length: 500 words
> Formatting: PDF
> Submission site: email to effcup at eff.org
> Workshop Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
> The Electronic Frontier Foundation is evaluating the feasibility of
> offering a prize for the first secure, private end-to-end encrypted
> communication tool. There is currently tremendous interest in this area,
> with several dozen new projects trying to make encrypted email, instant
> messaging, text messaging, VOIP and video chat a reality. It is not yet
> clear which of these tools is best-suited to meet real-world usability
> challenges.
> We believe a prize based on objective usability metrics might be an
> effective way to determine which project or projects are best delivering
> communication security to vulnerable user communities; to promote and
> energize those tools; and to encourage interaction between developers,
> interaction designers and academics interested in this space.
> The EFF CUP workshop aims both to establish suitable metrics and criteria
> for the prize, and to introduce developers working on open source
> encryption tools (likely contestants) to the privacy and security research
> community. EFF CUP will be held in conjunction with the Symposium on Usable
> Privacy and Security (SOUPS) in July 2014 in Menlo Park, CA. We are seeking
> talk abstracts and position papers on the following topics:
> USABILITY AND SECURITY METRICS: Holding an open competition for secure
> communication tools is a new undertaking and requires new thinking about
> measuring security and usability tools. We are seeking position papers on
> what metrics can be used to most objectively evaluate quality, including:
> *Security metrics: Identifying the types of attacks that at-risk groups
> (journalists, activists, lawyers) are subject to, and how we can reliably
> measure the resistance which cryptographic communications tools provide.
> *Indirect usability metrics: Metrics which can be evaluated analytically,
> such as backwards compatibility with existing tools, integration into
> existing tools, or demonstrated adoption by N million users.
> *Direct usability metrics: Metrics which can be evaluated through user
> studies, such as the percentage of users who can quickly start using a tool
> and survive various classes of real-world attack.
> CURRENT TOOL SUMMARIES: Developers of secure end-to-end communication
> tools are invited to submit a short (100-500 word) abstract describing
> their project. We aim to have a series of short presentations (followed by
> discussion) on the state of various projects, including a description of
> the project's security and usability goals, current development status,
> installed user base and supported platforms, known usability challenges and
> vulnerabilities, and experiences (if any) with user testing.
> EXPERIENCE FROM PAST CONTESTS: Organizers or competitors from other
> technology contests, particularly but not exclusively in the areas of
> security and/or usability, are invited to submit a short (500 word)
> abstract describing lessons from those contests. We aim to have a series of
> short presentations including a brief overview of past contest's goals,
> setup and rules, and outcomes. Example competitions may include
> cryptographic primitive competitions (eg. AES, ESTREAM, SHA3, PHC), Darpa
> contests, Capture the Flag contests, Crack Me If You Can, VoComp or the
> Netflix Prize.
> Lorrie Faith Cranor,
> Associate Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public
> Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Director of the CyLab Usable Privacy
> and Security Laboratory (CUPS). Member, Electronic Frontier Foundation
> Board of Directors.
> Peter Eckersley,
> Technology Projects Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation.
> Joseph Bonneau,
> Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton
> University
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