HotPETs 2013

6th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs 2013)
Held in conjunction with the 13th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
July 12, 2013

Program (Friday July 12)

8:00–12 Registration (Whittenberger Auditorium)

8:00–8:30 Breakfast (Georgian Room, First Floor)

9:15 Opening Remarks (Whittenberger Auditorium)

9:30 Session 1: Privacy in Action (Chair: Konstantinos Chatzikokolakis)
10:45 Coffee Break (Georgian Room, First Floor)

11:15 Invited Speaker (Chair: Paul Syverson)
12:30 Lunch (Frangipani Room, Mezzanine Floor)

2:00 Session 2: Anonymous Communication (Chair: Aaron Johnson)
2:50 Coffee Break (Georgian Room, First Floor)

3:10 Session 3: Data Privacy (Chair: Claudia Diaz)
4:00 Coffee Break (Georgian Room, First Floor)

4:20 Session 4: Censorship Resistance (Chair: Eugene Vasserman)
5:10 Closing Remarks

Invited Speaker

Helen Nissenbaum: DIY Privacy with Obfuscation

Abstract: In limited domains, data obfuscation promises relief against powerful machinations of surveillance, aggregation, mining, and profiling. Whether it can withstand countervailing data analytics remains an open question; equally important are charges that it is unethical, illegitimate, or, at best, ungenerous. My talk explores the potential of obfuscation as a "weapon-of-the-weak" as it reveals technical, moral, and political vulnerabilities. It locates sources of these vulnerabilities, in particular, exploring the extent of our obligation to provide information about ourselves to others, sometimes in the name of the common good.

Bio: Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, and Director of the Information Law Institute at New York University. Her work, focusing on social, ethical, and political implications of information technology and digital media, has appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. She has written and edited four books, including Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life, which was published in 2010 by Stanford University Press. The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator, Intel and Microsoft have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, including search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, and health information systems. Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Call for Papers

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The ambition of the Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs) is to foster new ideas, spirited debates, as well as controversial perspectives on privacy (and lack thereof).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

The HotPETs Workshop has no official proceedings. Selected papers will not be included in PETS proceedings, not to preclude later publication of a full paper in other venues. If needed, authors may request workshop co-chairs to contact organizers of other venues to clarify the nature of HotPETs publications.

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