Public Events and Writings

In addition to engaging with the academic research community, the Privacy Tools project offers a number of events and writings that are aimed at helping the general public learn more about privacy.

Public Outreach

Workshops and Symposia

IACS Symposium: Privacy in a Networked World

The Privacy Tools Project served as the Symposium Planning Committee in the development and planning of the IACS Symposium, Privacy in a Networked World, held Friday, January 23rd, 2015.

The symposium hosted speakers such as Edward Snowden, Bruce Schneier, John DeLong, John Wilbanks, Lee Rainie, and Privacy Tools Collaborator Cynthia Dwork

AAAS 2015

PI Salil Vadhan and collaborator Cynthia Dwork ran a symposium on differential privacy, aimed at the scientific public, policy makers, and the press at the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting February 12th to16th, 2015.

Public Seminars

The Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS)

CRCS A number of project members have also presented privacy issues at recorded, public seminars hosted by Harvard’s Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) throughout the academic year. These seminars hope to develop and discuss new computer science theories and technology in the public interest, informed by a deep knowledge of the societal issues at stake.

Abstracts and videos for all privacy-related CRCS seminars can be found here.


Technology in Government (TIG) and Topics in Privacy (TIP)

Technology in Government (TIG) and Topics in Privacy (TIP) consists of weekly discussions and brainstorming sessions on all aspects of privacy (TIP) and uses of technology to assess and solve societal, political, and government problems (TIG). Discussions are often inspired by a real-world problems being faced by the lead discussant, who may be from industry, government, or academia. Practice talks and presentations on specific techniques and topics are also common.

Popular Press

"What Stays in Vegas"

Visiting Fellow Adam Tanner's book, What Stays in Vegas focuses on big data and privacy. Tanner's work with Latanya Sweeney, the Data Privacy Lab, and The Privacy Tools project, and Harvard's Department of Government led his argument that recording devices, online public data and technology has not only eroded our personal privacy, but also infringed upon civil liberties, too.

What Stays in Vegas is available on Amazon and Harvard's Bookstore.




Forbes Articles

Visiting Fellow Adam Tanner has authored a series of Forbes articles on the business of personal data, based on research stemming from the Privacy Tools project. To see his contributions, please refer to a full list on Forbes.