Monday July 23

2:00 – 6:00 pm OPERANDI 2018: Open Day for Privacy, Transparency and Decentralization

7:00 – 9:00 pm PETS Welcome Reception


Tuesday, July 24

9:30 Opening Remarks

10:00 Tracking

11:00 Break

11:30 PETS Keynote Address — Alan Mislove

Targeted advertising: Privacy threats and opportunities

Abstract: Advertising now funds most popular web sites and internet services: companies including Facebook, Twitter, and Google all provide most of their services for free, in exchange for collecting data from their users. One of the primary explanations for the success of these advertising platforms is that they have leveraged this data to provide the ability for advertisers to target ads to platform users in a myriad of ways. For example, advertisers can now request that their ads be shown to complex combinations of users based on behaviors, demographics, interests, data broker-derived attributes, and even personally identifiable information (PII). In this talk, I provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in targeted advertising, take a critical look at how these targeted advertising services can be misused, and demonstrate how targeted advertising offers the opportunity to actually increase the transparency of advertising systems.

Bio: Alan Mislove is an Associate Professor, an Associate Dean, and the Director of Undergraduate Programs at the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University, which he joined in 2009. Prof. Mislove’s research lies at the intersection of internet measurement, security, and privacy. He is interested in understanding how real-world systems are used and abused, and the impact that these systems are having on end users' security and privacy. His work comprises over 50 peer-reviewed papers, has received over 10,000 citations, and has been supported by over $5M in grants from government agencies and industrial partners. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (2011), a Google Faculty Award (2012), the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2017), the USENIX Security Distinguished Paper Award (2017), the NDSS Distinguished Paper Award (2018), the IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Innovation (2017), and his work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the CBS Evening News.

1:00 Lunch

2:30 Usability, HCI, Policy

3:30 Mini-break

3:45 Censorship Resistance, Fingerprinting

4:45 Break

5:15 Messaging


Wednesday, July 25

10:00 Analytics

11:00 Break

11:30 Town Hall

1:00 Lunch

2:30 Anonymization, Differential Privacy

3:30 Mini-break

3:45 Anonymous communications

4:45 Break

5:15 Tracking

8:00 pm PETS Banquet


Thursday, July 26

10:00 Blockchain

11:00 Break

11:30 Crypto

1:00 Lunch

2:30 Attacks

3:40 Break

4:10 Rump Session

6:00 Closing and Awards

7:00 Caspar Bowden PET Award Reception


Friday, July 27 — HotPETs

9:15 Opening Remarks (Tariq Elahi)

9:30 Deus ex ML

10:50 Break

11:15 HotPETs Keynote — Joris van Hoboken (Chair: George Danezis)

Abstract: The GDPR has changed the privacy landscape significantly. It has further established European data privacy regulation as a global standard, billions are spent on compliance, and litigation by civil society is putting pressure on enforcement. But what are the most important changes from a PETs perspective? How does the GDPR impact compliance and decision making about privacy in organizations? And what expectations for PETs can in relation to its enforcement?

Bio: Joris van Hoboken (1978) is Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. At VUB, he is appointed to the Chair ‘Fundamental Rights and Digital Transformation’, established at the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS), with the support of Microsoft. Van Hoboken works on the intersection of fundamental rights protection (data protection, privacy, freedom of expression, non-discrimination) and the governance of platforms and internet-based services. Previously, Van Hoboken was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute (ILI) at New York University. Van Hoboken obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam on the topic of search engines and freedom of expression (2012) and has graduate degrees in Law (2006) and Theoretical Mathematics (2002). He is a regular speaker at international events and conferences and has conducted research for the European Commission, ENISA, UNESCO and Open Society Foundations.

12:30 Lunch

2:00 No country for “old” protocols

2:50 Break

3:10 [Un]deniable communication protocols

4:00 Ice Cream Break

4:20 Balancing privacy and evidence

5:10 Closing remarks and Best talk award


Saturday, July 28

PETS Hike (details tbd)