CS 15-895: Privacy Research Seminar
Office: GHC 7019
Office: GHC 7021
We have reserved Wean Hall 5312 from 3:00-4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to meet. However, we will not always meet twice a week; expect to meet on average one day a week throughout the semester.
This course will be a series of technical lectures on privacy, especially in the context of cyberspace. They will be given by faculty across the university, from almost all units in the School of Computer Science to the Heinz College to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and beyond. Faculty will present their recent research results as well as present research problems for potential thesis topics. We will be looking for potential synergistic activities and collaborative research opportunities based on the breadth and diversity of our perspectives of privacy. The course should be appropriate for graduate students in all areas and for advanced undergraduates.
Grading will be based on attendance, participation in discussions, and reading assignments. For registered students, attendance is mandatory.
Topics to be Covered
We will look at technical capabilities and limitations that address the following kinds of questions. We will look at new challenges to privacy that arise because of new technologies such as Big Data, mobile phones, and social networks. We will look at all these aspects from technical, societal, cultural, legal, ethical, philosophical and economic viewpoints.
- What is privacy?
- What formalisms are used to define and reason about privacy?
- How can we preserve privacy?
- How can we enforce privacy policies?
- How can we detect privacy violations?
- What auditing mechanisms do organizations use for protecting privacy?
- What are tradeoffs between privacy and security, privacy and usability, privacy and reliability?
- What special privacy concerns arise from specific sectors like healthcare, energy, environment, national security?
Other Related Courses
- 11-795: Algorithms for Privacy and Security, Instructors: Bhiksha Raj and Alan Black, MW 2:30-3:20 pm, BH 235 B.
- 15-421/08-731: Web Commerce, Security and Privacy, Instructor: Norm Sadeh.
- 18-739: Foundations of Security and Privacy, Instructor: Anupam Datta, Fall 2010.
- 94-806: Privacy in the Digital Age, Instructor: Alessandro Acquisti.