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CS 227r: Topics In Cryptography and Privacy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Co-Instructors:  Kobbi Nissim & Or Sheffet

Meets: Tuesday/Thursday 11:30AM - 1:00PM in MD 119

Course Description: This course will cover topics in cryptography and data privacy drawn from the theoretical computer science research literature with particular focus on differential privacy -- a mathematical framework for privacy-preserving analysis of datasets, which enables aggregate computations while preventing the leakage of individual-level information.

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Salil Vadhan

Salil Vadhan

Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, SEAS, Harvard
Area Chair for Computer Science

Salil Vadhan is the lead PI of Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project and the Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics...

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Census Bureau Issues Request for Information

The Census Bureau has issued a request for information regarding Privacy Preserving Implementations Auditing. The Bureau will use the information gathered in support of the 2020 Census of Population and Households, the 2017 Economic Census, and other data products produced by the Census Bureau. The information is intended to help the Census Bureau learn more about the capabilities of the marketplace for software auditing and formal evaluations for privacy vulnerabilities. Although answers to these questions are optional, the Census Bureau encourages companies to submit responses...

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Register for "Privacy Tools for Data Sharing" Workshop on December 11th

Please join us on Monday, December 11th, 2017, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM EST, for a workshop on "Privacy Tools for Data Sharing: Lessons Learned and Directions Forward." 

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...

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A Modern Approach to Privacy Law and Policy

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Abstract: Legal and institutional frameworks for protecting privacy often rely on ambiguous definitions, ad hoc practices, and limited practical guidance. These factors contribute to inconsistent and potentially insufficient privacy protection over the long term. They also create uncertainty for practitioners seeking to implement emerging privacy-enhancing technologies, including tools that satisfy formal privacy...

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An Overview of the Privacy Tools Project

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Abstract: Formally launched in 2011,  the Privacy Tools Project began as a broad, multidisciplinary effort to help enable the collection, analysis, and sharing of sensitive data for research while providing privacy for human subjects. Bringing together computer science, social science, statistics, and law, we have sought to refine and develop definitions and measures of privacy and data utility, and design an...

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