June 27, 2012: Security of People and Information in an On-Line world.

PhD defense Matthijs Koot, UvA: "Measuring and Predicting Anonymity"
Keynote speaker: prof. Latanya Sweeney, Harvard University, USA: "Can Technology Save Privacy?"

Massive amounts of information about people is flowing in the Internet. Part of information is put there by the people themselves. Clear examples are FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Picasa and alike. Lots of information is gathered and assembled outside the peoples control by many organizations, clearest example are search engine companies like Google, but possibly also Open-Data projects. Information is also put online in a protected way to support business processes. Examples here are back-office customer and credit card data for online webshops, medical dossiers, phone registers, etc. The protection of this data is a very important topic as as one does not know when one is safe but one will know when safety is broken.

On wednesday June 27 we will have two events that explore parts of this vast problem space. In the morning Matthijs Koot will defend his thesis that studies the amount of anonymity that is lost when seemingly harmless information from different sources is combined. In the afternoon prof. Latanya Sweeney from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA, and member of the PhD committee will present her views on how technology may help privacy and anonymity. Both events are open to the public and attendance is free of charge.

The wordles are created from respectively all text in the thesis and all text in the abstract.

Matthijs Koot
Matthijs Koot defends his thesis titled:

Measuring and Predicting Anonymity.

Agnietenkapel, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231, Amsterdam.
prof.dr.ir. C.T.A.M. de Laat and prof.dr. M.R.H. Mandjes.

14h00 prof. Latanya Sweeney:

Can Technology Save Privacy?


15h00 Drinks,  sponsored by SNE - UvA.
VOC-zaal, Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam.
Organizer :
Guido van 't Noordende

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