International Workshop on Security and Privacy in GIS and LBS

Second SIGSPATIAL ACM GIS International Workshop on Security and Privacy in GIS and LBS

November 3, 2009 in Seattle, Washington, USA

Our society is witnessing a dramatic increase in geospatial data infrastructures, data products, and services, many of them playing a key role in decision making in organizations. There are currently major national and international efforts in the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data in several application contexts including homeland security, environmental crises, and natural and industrial disasters. Geospatial infrastructures are being leveraged by companies to provide a large variety of location-based services (LBS) able to tailor services to users. However, despite the increase of publicly accessible geospatial information only little attention is being paid on how to secure geospatial information systems (GIS) and LBS. Privacy is also of increasing concern given the sensitivity of personally-identifiable location information. This is despite major advancements that have been made in secure computing infrastructures and the secure and privacy-preserving management of traditional (relational) data in particular. Given these pressing needs for securing GIS and LBS as well as assuring privacy, it is compelling to investigate security and privacy aspects as they relate to the management of geospatial data and the development of both emerging LBS and mission-critical geographic applications.

The aim of the workshop is to lay the foundation and agenda for further research and development in those areas.


Elisa Bertino
Computer Science Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN

Maria Luisa Damiani
University of Milan, Italy