SOUPS and USER were hosted at Microsoft in Redmond, WA this week. It was great to see everyone again and meet new people working in usable security. Our workshop went well, we were lucky to have several interesting papers/talks and great experts for the panel. I like SOUPS, authors of papers seem to really engage in trying to balance or increase both usability and security. We had a couple of posters, Alain presented one about our recent CHI paper, and I presented one about our MVP framework for running authentication studies.
Each summer, Carleton hosts a group of high school students for Shad Valley’s summer enrichment program in sciences, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship. We held a half-day workshop in our lab for some of the students interested in HCI. Students imagined new applications as they learned about multitouch tabletop technologies, pretended to be attackers as they learned about usable security, and thought of new authentication mechanisms as they tried out the haptic input device.