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Privacy in Tomorrow's Internet - January 20, 2015

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by Prof. Michael Backes, University of Saarland. The lecture will be followed by a reception. Please feel free to forward this invitation.

Date: January 20, 2015
Time: 11:00
Venue: Weicker Building -Room B001 Ground floor, 4 rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg

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Abstract: The Internet has undergone dramatic changes in the last two decades, evolving from a mere communication network to a global multimedia platform in which billions of users not only actively exchange information, but increasingly conduct sizable parts of their daily lives. While this transformation has brought tremendous benefits to society, it has also created new threats to online privacy that existing technology is failing to keep pace with.
Our long-term research agenda for meeting this challenge is to develop a privacy advisor, which inspects online communication as well as information about to be published by a user, performs its own inference based on information available online, and warns the user about potential anonymity and privacy leaks. In this talk we outline the structure of such a privacy advisor and provide two important building blocks: a framework for measuring and displying the degree of anonymity provided by anonymous communication (AC) protocols such as Tor, and a new paradigm for assessing the privacy of users at large in the age of Big-Data. This work is funded by the ERC Synergy Grant imPACT.

Prof. Michael Backes has the chair for information security and cryptography at Saarland University. He is the director of the German IT-Security research center CISPA and a Max Planck Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. His research covers various aspects of IT security and privacy and ranges from the design, analysis, and verification of protocols and systems, mechanisms for protecting end-user privacy, research on new attack vectors, to universal solutions in software and network security. He has received a Microsoft Outstanding Privacy Research Award (2004), a Max Planck Fellowship (2007), an IBM Faculty Award (2008), an ERC Starting Grant (2009), the MIT TR35 (2009), and the membership of the German Academy of Technical Sciences (2014). Recently, he received the ERC Synergy Grant (2013) as Europe's most distinguished research award for research on privacy, accountability, compliance and trust in the Internet of Tomorrow. Michael (co-)chaired the program committees of ESORICS 2009, IEEE CSF 2010 and 2011, and IEEE S&P 2013 and 2014, and served on numerous program committees in the last ten years.