PARTICIPANTS

Paul Ashley is Chief Technology Officer at Anonyome Labs, a startup company focussed on identity obfuscation. The company brings technology to every day users that allow them to interact online and offline in safety, privacy and control. Paul’s responsibilities at Anonyome Labs includes overall security and application architecture, product ownership, development, emerging technologies, IP protection (patents), and technical partnerships. Paul has worked extensively in software product development for more than 25 years, providing architectural leadership across a range of security products for mobile, cloud and enterprise environments. He specializes in identity and access management, privacy management, mobile security, cloud security, and advanced threat protection. He has also been the architecture leader for many large enterprise security projects across a range of clients in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Paul has degrees in Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and a PhD in information security. He is CISSP certified, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

 

Ero Balsa is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Leuven. Previously he received a Master's degree in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Vigo. His work explores the design and evaluation of privacy technologies, with a focus on the conceptualisation, modelling and analysis of obfuscation-based technologies, including tools for users' privacy self-defence as well as data anonymisation and statistical disclosure control solutions. Other research interests include usability issues of crypto-based privacy technologies and interdisciplinary perspectives on privacy. He has also done work for industry on data anonymisation, privacy-preserving data exchange systems and privacy threat analysis.

 

Solon Barocas is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research. He focuses on the ethics of machine learning, particularly applications that affect people’s life chances and their everyday experiences on online platforms. His research explores issues of fairness in machine learning, methods for bringing accountability to automated decision-making, the privacy implications of inference, and the role that privacy plays in mitigating economic inequality. Solon was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. He completed his doctorate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where he remains an affiliate of the Information Law Institute.

 

Benoit Baudry is a research scientist at INRIA, France. His research is in the field of software engineering, focusing on program analysis, testing and diversification. In his recent work, he has been investigating ways to exploit software diversity to obfuscate browser fingerprints, and to synthesize large quantities of program variants. These works are part of interdisciplinary collaborations with ecologists, lawyers and artists.

 

Taylor Black
 is a doctoral student in Performance Studies at Tisch NYU. Their scholarly work focuses on performances and systems of ethics in online space, including acts of lying, fiction, and myth, the development of ethics in virtual platforms and interactions between community and corporate structures of power, and performances of resistance to surveillance through concepts of masked performance and data ethics in acts of obfuscation. They also work with online privacy advocates at NYU and elsewhere, and can often be found hosting Cryptoparties. Follow me @taylorcblack.

 

Finn Brunton is a scholar of the relationships between society, culture and information technology -- how we make technological decisions, and deal with their consequences. He focuses on the adoption, adaptation, modification and misuse of digital media and hardware; privacy, information security, and encryption; network subcultures; hardware literacy; and obsolete and experimental media platforms. He is the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (MIT, 2013), along with numerous articles and talks. Brunton received an MA from the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee, Switzerland) and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Modern Thought. Prior to his NYU appointment, he was an Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan's School of Information.

 

Paolo Cirio engages with legal, economic and semiotic systems of the information society, such as privacy, copyright, democracy and economy. Because of his artistic provocations, Cirio has often been subject to investigations, legal and personal threats by governmental and military authorities, powerful multinationals and financial institutions, as well as crowds of ordinary people. His controversial artworks have unsettled institutions as such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, VISA, Pearson, Cayman Islands and NATO, and are often covered by global media outlets, such as CNN, Fox News, Washington Post, Der Spiegel, and El Pais, among others. He has had solo shows at International Kunstverein Luxemburg, NOME gallery (Berlin), Bellegarde Centre Culturel (Toulouse), Kasa Gallery (Istanbul), Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), and he has won a number of awards, including Golden Nica first prize at Ars Electronica, Transmediale second prize and the Eyebeam Fellowship, among others.

 

Nicole Cote is an MS student in Integrated Digital Media at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, and received an MScR in Victorian Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in the relationship between technology and social justice issues, text (particularly culturally and/or historically significant text) as data, and data visualization.

 

Saumya Debray is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson. His research interests involve various aspects of automatic program analysis, focusing in particular on code armored using various static and dynamic obfuscations and anti-analysis defenses. When he isn't playing with code, he enjoys hiking and backpacking.

 

Isao Echizen is a professor of the National institute of informatics (NII). He received B.S., M.S., and D.E. degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1995, 1997, and 2003. He joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1997 and until 2007 was a research engineer in Hitachi's Systems Development Laboratory. He was a visiting professor at the University of Freiburg in 2010 and a visiting professor at the University of Freiburg and the University of Halle-Wittenberg in 2011. He is currently conducting research in the fields of content security and privacy and of multimedia application systems. He is a member of Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee (IFS TC), IEEE Signal Processing Society.

 

Sorelle Friedler is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College and an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research interests include the design and analysis of algorithms, computational geometry, data mining and machine learning, and the application of such algorithms to interdisciplinary data. Sorelle is one of the organizers of the Workshop on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning and has received a Data & Society Fellowship and recent NSF Grant for her work on preventing discrimination in machine learning. Her work on this topic has been featured in IEEE Spectrum, Gizmodo, and NBC News and she has been interviewed about algorithmic fairness by the Guardian, Bloomberg, and NPR. Sorelle holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Siddharth Garg is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU, and prior to that, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. His general research interests are in computer engineering, and more particularly in secure, reliable and energy-efficient computing. In 2016, Siddharth was listed in Popular Science Magazine's annual list of "Brilliant 10" researchers. Siddharth has received the NSF CAREER Award (2015), and paper awards at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (S&P) 2016, USENIX Security Symposium 2013, at the Semiconductor Research Consortium TECHCON in 2010, and the International Symposium on Quality in Electronic Design (ISQED) in 2009. Siddharth also received the Angel G. Jordan Award from ECE department of Carnegie Mellon University for outstanding thesis contributions and service to the community. He serves on the technical program committee of several top conferences in the area of computer engineering and computer hardware, and has served as a reviewer for several IEEE and ACM journals.

 

Daniel Kahn Gillmor is a Senior Staff Technologist for ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He's a free software developer and an active participant in the design of Internet protocols, with a focus on the way our technical infrastructure shapes society and impacts civil rights and civil liberties. Vg'f avpr gb or noyr gb farnx guvatf ol gur prafbef, hfvat zber evtbebhf rapelcgvba guna ebg13 vs cbffvoyr.

 

Ben Grosser creates interactive experiences, machines, and systems that examine the cultural, social, and political implications of software. Recent exhibition venues include Arebyte Gallery in London, Museu das Comunicações in Lisbon, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and Galerie Charlot in Paris. His works have been featured in Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Der Spiegel. The Chicago Tribune called him the “unrivaled king of ominous gibberish.” Slate referred to his work as “creative civil disobedience in the digital age.” Grosser’s recognitions include First Prize in VIDA 16, and the Expanded Media Award for Network Culture from Stuttgarter Filmwinter. He is an assistant professor of new media and a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, both at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Seda Gürses is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CITP, Princeton University and an FWO fellow at COSIC, University of Leuven in Belgium. She works on privacy and requirements engineering, privacy enhancing technologies and surveillance. Previously she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Media, Culture and Communications Department at NYU Steinhardt and at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law School, where she was also part of the Intel Science and Technology Center on Social Computing.

 

Rob Hammond is a part-time Masters student at the NYU Center for Data Science and works at Risk Management Solutions by day in catastrophe risk analysis. He is particularly driven by technology, data, privacy, and environmental issues and is keen to de-obfuscate data to find the signal in the noise where it’s appropriate.

 

Adam Harvey is an artist and independent researcher based in Berlin. His work includes developing camouflage from face detection (CV Dazzle, 2010), thermally reflective anti-drone garments (Stealth Wear, 2013), and a WiFi geolocation emulator (SKYLIFT, 2016). Harvey's multidisciplinary approach to exploiting surveillance technologies has appeared in a wide range of media from fashion magazines to a tweet from the Pentagon.

 

Amir Houmansadr is an assistant professor at the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he joined in 2014. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Texas at Austin before joining UMass. Amir's area of research is network security and privacy, which includes problems such as Internet censorship resistance, statistical traffic analysis, location privacy, cover communications, and privacy in next-generation network architectures. Amir has received several awards including the Best Practical Paper award at the IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy (Oakland) in 2013, a Google Faculty Research Award in 2015, and an NSF CAREER Award in 2016.

 

Daniel C. Howe is an artist and critical technologist whose work focuses on the social, cultural and political implications of algorithmic technologies. His projects includes TrackMeNot, RiTa, AdNauseam, AdLiPo, ChinaEye, and Advertising Positions. He currently divides his time between New York and Hong Kong, where he teaches at the School of Creative Media.

 

Harris Kornstein is a doctoral student in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, where he focuses on topics related to digital culture, new media theory, media-based art and activism, queer politics, and authenticity online. He is also a new media and performance artist, and has exhibited work in galleries and festivals in New York, LA, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Bergen, Norway, as well as performed in venues ranging from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to OccupySF. Harris holds an MFA in Digital Arts & New Media from UC Santa Cruz, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

 

Malte Möser is a first year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University and a Graduate Student Fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy, advised by Professor Arvind Narayanan. He is broadly interested in the security and anonymity of cryptographic currencies. You can follow him on Twitter at @maltemoeser.

 

Arvind Narayanan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Princeton. He leads the Princeton Web Transparency and Accountability Project to uncover how companies collect and use our personal information. Narayanan also leads a research team investigating the security, anonymity, and stability of cryptocurrencies as well as novel applications of blockchains. He co-created a Massive Open Online Course as well as a textbook on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies. His doctoral research showed the fundamental limits of de-identification, for which he received the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award. Narayanan is an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton and an affiliate scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. You can follow him on Twitter at @random_walker.

 

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech and currently on leave from New York University, Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science. Prof. Nissenbaum's work spans societal, ethical, and political dimensions of information technologies and digital media. Her books include Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015), Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010). Grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have supported her research on privacy, trust online, cyber security, and values in design. Recipient of the 2014 Barwise Prize of the American Philosophical Association, Nissenbaum has contributed to privacy-enhancing software, including TrackMeNot (for protecting against profiling based on Web search) and AdNauseam (protecting against profiling based on ad clicks). Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

 

Mimi Onuoha is a Brooklyn-based artist and researcher using code and writing to explore the process, results, and implications of data collection. Recently she has taught at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and been in residence at the Royal College of Art and Data & Society Research Institute. Currently she writes for Quartz's Things Team and is a Research Resident at Eyebeam, where she is investigating data collection, missing datasets, and strategies for intervention and response.

 

Jeffrey M. Pawlick studies strategic trust and deception in cyber-physical systems (CPS) and internet of controlled things (IoCT). Security in these heterogeneous and dynamic systems requires new frameworks and equilibrium concepts. CPS and IoCT security also require incentive-compatible mechanism design due to competition between benign agents, in addition to the threat of attack from malicious actors. To capture these factors Jeffrey leverages results from game theory and dynamic systems together with psychological insights that inspire attack models as well as models for defensive deception. A Ph.D. candidate at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, Jeffrey holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).

 

Alexander Pretschner is a full professor for software engineering at the Technical University of Munich, scientific director at the fortiss institute for research and technology transfer for software-intensive systems and services, and director of the Munich Center for Internet Research. Research interests include all aspects of software systems engineering, specifically testing and information security. Prior appointments include a full professorship at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, an adjunct associate professorship at the Techincal Unviersity of Kaiserslautern, a group management position at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering in Kaiserslautern, and a senior research associate position at ETH Zurich. PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. Alexander is recipient of a Google Focused Research Award, two IBM Faculty Awards, a Fulbright scholarship and various best paper awards.

 

Natasha Dow Schüll is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (2012), an ethnographic exploration of the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her current book project, Keeping Track: Personal Informatics, Self-Regulation, and the Data-Driven Life (forthcoming), concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies and the new modes of introspection and self-governance they engender. Her research has been featured in such national media venues as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic.

 

Scott Skinner-Thompson is an acting assistant professor at NYU School of Law, where his research focuses on privacy and anti-discrimination, with a particular focus on LGBTQ and HIV issues. His most recent article, Performative Privacy, argues that functional efforts to maintain privacy in public by, for example, wearing a hoodie, using Tor, or refusing to comply with bathroom bills, are simultaneously expressive, performative critiques of surveillance structures.

 

Jon Stephens is a first year master’s student in the University of Arizona’s Computer Science program. There, together with his good friend Jimmy'); DROP TABLE Users;-- and his advisor Dr. Saumya Debray, Jon performs research into program/malware analysis and obfuscation. Despite his status as a new graduate student, Jon uncovered the key to obfuscation, which is

 

Lakshmi Subramanian is an Associate Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His research interests are in the areas of networked systems and data science with applications in computing for development (also referred by the acronymn ICTD). He leads the Open Networks and Big Data Lab and is a member of the NYU Systems group. He is associated with the Center for Technology and Economic Development, Center for Data Science and NYU WIRELESS. He is a Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Entrupy Inc, a startup that uses machine vision algorithms and microscopy to authenticate physical goods and enable trustworthy commerce.

 

Quanyan Zhu is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University (NYU). He received B. Eng. in Honors Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2006, M.A.Sc. from University of Toronto in 2008, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013. His current research interests include game theory for cyber security, cyber agility, moving target defense, cyber deception and cyber-physical system security.

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International Program and Organizing Committee:

Paul Ashley, Anonyome Labs
Benoît Baudry, INRIA, France
Finn Brunton, New York University
Saumya Debray, University of Arizona
Cynthia Dwork, Harvard University
Rachel Greenstadt, Drexel University
Seda Gürses, Princeton University
Anna Lysyanskaya, Brown University
Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech & New York University
Alexander Pretschner, Technische Universität München
Reza Shokri, Cornell Tech