Opportunities, Publications and Events

Opportunities

Lorrie Cranor, Director of CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-director of Master of Science in Information Technology—Privacy Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University is looking to connect her students to possible summer internships and capstone project opportunities. If you have either, please reach out to Lorrie directly at [email protected]. Below is a description of the types of students seeking internships and an overview of the capstone project guidelines. (Please note: most participants are international students.)

Internship Opportunities- Student Profile: Privacy engineering masters students with backgrounds in computer science who have completed two semesters of graduate-level privacy course work such as Law & Policy, Usability, and Software Engineering.

Capstone Project Guidelines: An organization will sponsor 9-week privacy engineering projects starting in either June or September. A team of 2-5 privacy engineering masters students with technical backgrounds will be assigned to the project, along with a faculty mentor to supervise their work. Students are expected to work on the project 30-40 hours per week. Organizations are asked to provide a 1-page project description, a contact person who will commit to having a brief conference call with the student team each week, and funding and other necessary resources for the project. The students will do the work from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. The students will deliver a final report, any other agreed-upon deliverables, and a final project presentation. Ideally, the project will be well-defined with the option for some creativity by the the students. In the past students have developed prototypes, conducted surveys and user testing, and analyzed alternative solutions — all in response to a sponsor’s privacy-related problem. Past project sponsors include American Express, Lufthansa, Facebook, SpiderOak, and the Future of Privacy Forum. A brief description of the CMU capstone project can be found here http://privacy.cs.cmu.edu/capstone/index.html.


Publications

Chasing the Golden Goose: What is the path to effective anonymisation?

Searching for effective methods and frameworks of de-identification often looks like chasing the Golden Goose of privacy law. For each answer that claims to unlock the question of anonymisation, there seems to be a counter-answer that declares anonymisation dead. In an attempt to de-mystify this race and un-tangle de-identification in practical ways, the Future of Privacy Forum and the Brussels Privacy Hub joined forces to organize the Brussels Symposium on De-identification – “Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymisation and Pseudonymisation”. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.


Events

Upcoming events

Roundtable Discussion: Smart Cities and Open Data (2017 MetroLab Network Annual Summit)

The Smart Cities and Open Data movements promise to use data to spark civic innovation and engagement, promote inclusivity, and transform modern communities. At the same time, advances in sensor technology, re-identification science, and Big Data analytics have challenged cities and their partners to construct effective safeguards for the collection, use, sharing, and disposal of personal information. As cities harness more data than ever, how can we assess the risks and opportunities of new technologies and data flows while preserving public trust and individual privacy?

In this roundtable style discussion, come hear from City CIOs, academic leaders, and industry experts developing emerging frameworks for addressing privacy challenges in open data and examine the opportunities and challenges of new urban instrumentation.

The Brussels Privacy Symposium November 6, 2017 | Brussels, Belgium

The 2nd Annual Brussels Privacy Symposium is a global convening of practical, applicable, substantive privacy research and scholarship. The Symposium will draw on the expertise of leading EU and US academics, industry practitioners and policy makers to produce an annual workshop highlighting innovative research on emerging privacy issues.

The 2017 Symposium, titled AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge, will focus on developing ideas that address the ethical challenges associated with the new capabilities Artificial Intelligence technologies present for democratic institutions, human autonomy, and the social fabric of our society.

Previous events

The Brussels Privacy Symposium November 8, 2016 | Brussels, Belgium

The 2016 Brussels Privacy Symposium is the first annual academic program jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF)’s Privacy Research and Data Responsibility Network (RCN). The all-day workshop is titled: Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization.

Privacy Papers for Policy Makers

An exciting program of thought leadership, including academic guest speakers and the authors of this year’s PPPM scholarship who will engage with policymakers in a discussion of academic ideas with practical real-world impact.

Featuring the official launch of the Privacy Research and Data Responsibility Research Coordination Network (RCN), an effort supported by the National Science Foundation to produce a community of academic researchers and industry practitioners to address research priorities in the National Privacy Research Strategy.

5th Annual Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security

The Program on Economics & Privacy, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum, and the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, will hold its 5th Annual Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, VA. This year’s symposium will include panels on Unfairness under Section 5: Unpacking “Substantial Injury”, Conceptualizing the Benefits and Costs from Data Flows, and The Law and Economics of Data Security.

FPF-Capital Area Network Speaker Series

Future of Privacy Forum, Washington & Lee University School of Law, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals recently collaborated in a Call for Papers focused on the privacy impact of current and projected technological advancements, focusing on the transparency, sharing, and algorithmic implications of data collection and use – topics identified in the National Privacy Research Strategy.