Privacy Papers for Policymakers


Each year, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) invites privacy scholars and authors with an interest in privacy issues to submit papers to be considered for FPF’s Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award.

Currently accepting submissions for our Seventh Annual edition

highlighting the year’s top privacy scholarship.

Deadline: October 3, 2016.

Read the Call for Nominations.


  • To recognize leading privacy research and analytical work that is relevant to policymakers in the United States Congress, at U.S. federal agencies, and for data protection authorities internationally.
  • To showcase 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 advance academic-industry collaboration in support of the National Privacy Research Strategy
  • Publication of an annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Digest which showcases the winning authors and summaries of their work, to be distributed to a wide range of U.S. and international policymakers.


  • Each submission is evaluated in three main categories: (1) Originality; (2) Applicability to policymaking; and (3) Overall quality of writing.
  • In the Fall, submissions receive an initial ranking from top privacy experts, including academics, privacy advocates, and Chief Privacy Officers on FPF’s Advisory Board. Five winners are then selected by a panel of final Judges (to be announced) to receive the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award.
  • Winners are contacted in late Fall.
  • The winning Authors are invited to join FPF in Washington, DC to accept the award and present their work to top regulators, policymakers, and privacy leaders at the annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers event. This year, that event will be held on January 11th, 2017 (the day before FTC’s PrivacyCon).

Submit work to [email protected]

Submission must include:

  • Each Author’s full name and contact information (Email, Phone, and Mailing Address)
  • Each Author’s job title or academic affiliation
  • Completed paper
  • 1-page Abstract or Summary

• Paper must have been completed, accepted for publication, or published in the last 12 months.
• Please indicate in the email whether you are submitting your own work or nominating someone else.
• 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.
Winners will be asked for a professional headshot and 75-250 word Bio.


The Future of Privacy Forum will invite winning authors to present their work at an annual event with top policymakers and privacy leaders in Washington, DC on January 11, 2017 (the day before FTC’s PrivacyCon). FPF will also publish a printed digest of the winning papers for distribution to policymakers in the U.S. and abroad.

The 7th Annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers is supported by National Science Foundation award #1654085. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented in the papers will not be reviewed by the National Science Foundation and will not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.  


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

View the selected Privacy Papers for Policymakers for 2015.

View the selected Privacy Papers for Policymakers for 2014.

View the selected Privacy Papers for Policymakers for 2013.

View the selected Privacy Papers for Policymakers for 2012.

View the selected Privacy Papers for Policymakers for 2011.

View the selected Privacy Papers for Policymakers for 2010.