Team Members Kobbi Nissim, Jon Ullman, and Adam Smith to Speak at the 7th Annual Bar-llan Winter School on Cryptography

Several members of the Privacy Tools Project team will speak at the 7th Bar-Ilan Winter School on Cryptography, which will be held on February 12-16, 2017 at the Kfar Hamaccabiah conference center in Ramat-Gan, Israel. This year the school will focus on differential privacy, from theory to practice. Speakers are Katrina Ligett (Hebrew University and Caltech); Kobbi Nissim (Harvard University and Georgetown University); Vitaly Shmatikov (Cornell Tech); Adam Smith (Pennsylvania State University); and Jon Ullman (Northeastern University).

Open Positions in The Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data Project

The Privacy Tools Project seeks students, interns, postdocs, and visiting researchers in Computer Science, Statistics, Government, Mathematics, Law, and Social Sciences with Quantitative Experience, particularly those with an interest in learning about or working on Data Privacy. For available positions and instructions on how to apply, please visit

Team Member Alexandra Wood Presents at the Brussels Privacy Symposium

Alexandra Wood, Privacy Tools team member and fellow at the Berkman Klein Center, presented at the Brussels Privacy Symposium, which is the first annual academic program jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). The theme of the workshop was Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization.

Census Bureau Awards Cooperative Agreement to Team led by Senior Personnel Kobbi Nissim

The team is led by Privacy Tools Senior Researcher Kobbi Nissim as PI at Georgetown University, and includes Privacy Tools co-PIs Salil Vadhan and Urs Gasser at Harvard and our Collaborator Adam Smith at Penn State University. Their work for the Census Bureau will help improve the way we understand and implement our statutory mandate to protect the confidentiality of all respondent information in the Big Data era. 

Merce Crosas Presents: The DataTags System: Sharing Sensitive Data with Confidence at the RDA 8th Plenary

Location: RDA 8th Plenary, Denver, Colorado 
Presentation Slides: datatags-rda8plenary-steps.pdf

This talk was part of a session at the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 8th Plenary on Privacy Implications of Research Data Sets, during International Data Week 2016:

Dataverse Community Meeting 2016: Managing Privacy in Research Data Repositories

After the Dataverse Community Meeting, a workshop focused on tools helping open repositories currently addressing sensitive or private data will be held at Harvard Medical School. This workshop is a collaboration between the Dataverse team and the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data group.

Room: Cannon Room, Building C, Harvard Medical School