Symposia & Workshops

Privacy Tools for Data Sharing: Lessons Learned and Directions Forward

Monday, December 11th, 2017 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM EST.

For more information and to register, please visit the web page associated with this event.


Spring 2018 marks the end of an interdisciplinary, 5-year NSF Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontier Project “Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data” at Harvard University. This one-day workshop will bring past and present project participants together with potential users of privacy tools from academia, government, and industry to examine the goals and accomplishments of the project (including practical tools for sharing privacy-sensitive research data); discuss the lessons learned about both data privacy and interdisciplinary research; and scope out opportunities for future research, applications, and collaborations going forward.


Dataverse Community Meeting 2016: Managing Privacy in Research Data Repositories
Wednesday, July 15th, 2016

The Dataverse team and the Privacy Tools for Research Sharing Data group collaborated to host a workshop focused on developing tools to assist open repositories that are currently handling sensitive or private data. The workshop was held at Harvard Medical School. It featured panel discussions about privacy risk, solutions to risk, and the effective management of sensitive data. 

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IACS Symposium: Privacy in a Networked World

Friday, January 23rd, 2015




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.

Videos from the symposium "Privacy in a Networked World" may be accessed on the IACS YouTube channel. The videos feature all speakers from the symposium, including the conversation between Bruce Schneier and Edward Snowden.


AAAS 2015

February 12th - 16th, 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 on February 12th to16th, 2015.


Charles River Privacy Day

Friday November 15, 2013


Visiting scholars Kobbi Nissim, Sofya Raskhodnikova, Adam Smith were co-organizers of the Charles River Privacy Day, sponsored by the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security and by the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University. The workshop included four talks covering different aspects of the challenge of protecting privacy of personal information in public databases. One of these talks was given by former Privacy Tools member, Jon Ullman, on “Fingerprinting Codes, Traitor Tracing Schemes, and the Price of Differential Privacy.”


Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle
September 24-25, 2013

The Privacy Tools project hosted a workshop, Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Data Lifecycle, for experts in computer science, statistics, social science, law, and policy to discuss the state of the art in research data privacy. Participants considered how emerging tools and approaches from their various disciplines should be integrated in the context of real world use cases that involve the management of confidential research data.

These efforts resulted in the paper, "Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: Long-Term Longitudinal Studies."