On Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 4:30-6:00 PM in SCI 377, the Computer Science Department co-sponsored a talk by Dr. Latanya Sweeney entitled:
Technology Can Save Privacy (click for viewing)
Abstract: Traditional privacy safeguards for data sharing are rooted in consent and de-identification and past approaches seem ineffective in today's data rich networked society. Popular applications, like those of Facebook and Google, trade personal data for services, and are acquiring unprecedented amounts of personal information.
To some, privacy seems lost already. But even though technology challenges privacy, technology can also save privacy. Recent scientific advances and technical innovations enable new ways of thinking about privacy so that privacy itself can leverage technical advancement. The promise from doing so is that society will not be bound by the false belief that society must choose between privacy and technology, but instead, society will be able to enjoy both privacy and technology. In this talk, we will examine some new models for privacy in today's data rich networked society.
Students had dinner and conversation with Dr. Sweeney afterwards.
Dr. Latanya Sweeney is the Director and founder of the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. The Lab, formerly at Carnegie Mellon, works with real-world stakeholders to solve today's privacy technology problems. Dr. Sweeney, a Visiting Professor and Scholar at Harvard, previously a Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Technology and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, was recently appointed to the Privacy and Security Seat of the Federal HIT Policy Committee, the group responsible for advising ONC on policy for the new national health information infrastructure.