Privacy Papers for Policymakers


10th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers


The Future of Privacy Forum invites privacy scholars and authors with an interest in privacy issues to submit finished papers to be considered for FPF’s annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award.


  • To recognize the year’s leading privacy research and analytical work that is relevant to policymakers in the United States Congress, at United States federal agencies, and for data protection authorities internationally.
  • To highlight important work that analyzes current and emerging privacy issues and proposes achievable short-term solutions or new means of analysis that could lead to real-world policy solutions.
  • To showcase the winning authors and summaries of their work in an annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Digest, to be distributed to a wide range of United States and international policymakers.


  • Submissions will be evaluated in: (1) Originality; (2) Applicability to policymaking; and (3) Overall quality of writing.
  • Submissions will receive an initial ranking from a broad range of privacy field experts, including academics, privacy advocates, and Chief Privacy Officers on FPF’s Advisory Board.
  • A panel of Judges will select winners to receive Future of Privacy Forum’s 2019 Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award.


  • Please submit finished papers and/or nominations to [email protected]. The submission deadline has been extended to October 4, 2019.


  • For the third consecutive year we will be honoring student scholarship with the Student Paper Award. For this award, the student work should meet similar guidelines we set for the general Call for Nominations.
  • Nominations can be published or unpublished, and the deadline for student submissions is October 25, 2019. The winner will be notified in late November to early December, featured in our digest with the other winning papers, and invited to attend the event. Work that was completed when the individual was a student is also eligible. Please send submissions to [email protected].


  • Papers must be privacy-focused, or closely related to privacy, and applicable to policymakers focused on privacy.
  • One PDF file that includes a 1-page Abstract or Summary
  • For each Author: name; email; phone number; mailing address; and full job title or affiliation
  • Note: winning authors will also be asked for a professional headshot and 75 to 250 word biography.
  • Papers were completed, accepted for publication, scheduled for publication, or published in the last 12 months.
  • Academic papers, book chapters, empirical research, or any other completed longer-form analysis are accepted.
  • Authors are encouraged to submit their own work, or be nominated by others.


FPF will invite winning authors to present their work at an annual event with top policymakers and privacy leaders in Washington, DC on February 6, 2020. FPF will also publish a printed digest of the summaries of the winning papers for distribution to policymakers in the United States and abroad.


Each year, winning privacy papers are summarized and compiled into an accessible digest which is showcased to policymakers, privacy professionals, and the public.


Watch the video above to learn more about Privacy Papers for Policymakers!

PPPM 2018 Highlights