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Collaborator Cynthia Dwork Organizes "Four Facets of Differential Privacy" Symposium

Saturday, November 12th
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wolfensohn Hall
Institute for Advanced Study

Differential privacy disentangles learning about a dataset as a whole from learning about an individual data contributor. Just now entering practice on a global scale, the demand for advanced differential privacy techniques and knowledge of basic skills is pressing. This symposium will provide an in-depth look at the current context for privacy-preserving statistical data analysis and an agenda for future research. This event is organized by Cynthia Dwork, of Microsoft Research, with...

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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 http://privacytools.seas.harvard.edu/participate/positions. For general information, email privacytools-info@seas.harvard....

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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.

Senior Researcher Mercè Crosas Gives a Talk entitled “Making Data Accessible”

Thursday, October 20, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Maxwell Dworkin G115

Abstract: Since modern science began, data have been a critical part of the scientific enterprise, not only for conducting science but also for communicating and validating scientific results. From the beginning, it was clear that for the scientific community to continually verify scientific results, the underlying data had to be made accessible. But that has not been, and is still not, always the case. In recent years however, public data...

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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. 

http://researchmatters.blogs.census.gov/2016/10/18/census-bureau-awards-cooperative-agreements-to-georgetown-university-and-purdue-university/

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"Towards a National Privacy Research Strategy" cited in the National Privacy Research Strategy

The National Privacy Research Strategy, released by NITRD and NSTC in July 2016, drew a number of ideas from and cited the Computing Community Consortium whitepaper "Towards a National a Privacy Research Strategy," whose writing was co-chaired by PI Vadhan in Spring 2016.

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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:

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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

10:30 - 10:45am Registration and Coffee
10:45 - 11:00am Welcome
Salil...

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