[Busec] busec this week: Geoff Voelker (Monday 11am) & Charles River Privacy Day (Friday)
goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Sun Nov 10 22:05:03 EST 2013
This week we have a very full set of exciting talks.
On Monday at 11am, Geoff Voelker from UCSD give a CS colloquium on
measuring and mitigating Internet spam.
On Wednesday, Adam Smith from UPenn will give an introductory talk on
differential privacy at the Hariri Institute at 3pm.
On Friday we have the Privacy Edition of our bi-yearly Charles River Crypto
Day, with speakers Jon Ullman, Aaron Roth, Katrina Ligett, and Yanniv
Abstracts below. See you then!
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CS Colloquium: Exploring the Technical and Economic Factors Underlying
Geoff Voelker, UCSD.
Mon, November 11, 11pm –11:59am
Hariri Institute, MCS180
111 Cummington St, Boston MA
The large-scale compromise of Internet hosts and services form a
platform for supporting a range of criminal activity in the so-called
Internet underground economy. In this talk I will start by quickly
surveying work that our group has performed over the past decade on
the problems posed by these threats, and how our research directions
have evolved over time in response to them. In the remainder of the
talk, I will go into detail on recent work that our group has
performed in an end-to-end analysis of the spam value chain. Using
extensive measurements over months of diverse spam data, broad
crawling of naming and hosting infrastructures, and product purchases
from a wide variety of spam-advertised sites, I'll characterize the
modern spam ecosystem including system infrastructure, business
models, cost accounting, and consumer demand. I'll end by
characterizing the relative prospects for anti-spam interventions at
multiple levels, initial results of interventions in the payment tier,
and where our group is headed going forward.
This work is part of a long-standing collaborative effort between
UCSD and ICSI.
Geoffrey M. Voelker is a professor at the University of California at
San Diego. His research interests include operating systems,
distributed systems, and computer networks. He received a B.S. degree
in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of
California at Berkeley in 1992, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in
1995 and 2000, respectively.
Talk on Differential Privacy for a General Audience
Adam Smith. UPenn.
Wed, November 13, 3pm – 4pm
Harriri. MCS180 111 Cummington St, Boston (map)
(Privacy Year Event)
CHARLES RIVER PRIVACY DAY
November 15, Hariri Institute
The Charles River Privacy Day will take place on Friday November 15, in the
Hariri Institute at Boston University (111 Cummington Mall, MCS 180). There
will be four talks covering different aspects of the challenge of
protecting privacy of personal information in public databases.
The Charles River Privacy Day is co-organized by Ran Canetti, Sharon
Goldberg, Kobi Nissim, Sofya Rashkhodnikova, Leo Reyzin, and Adam Smith,
and is sponsored by the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber
Security and by the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University.
9 – 9:30am Light breakfast
9:15am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:30am Privately Solving Allocation Problems: Aaron Roth (University of
11:00am Fingerprinting Codes, Traitor-Tracing Schemes, and the Price of
Differential Privacy: Jonathan Ullman (Harvard University)
12:00pm Lunch (provided)
2:00pm Genome Hacking: Yaniv Erlich (MIT and Whitehead Institute)
3:30pm Privacy and coordination: Computing on databases with endogenous
participation: Katrina Ligett (California Institute of Technology)
Abstracts and more details at
Computer Science, Boston University
Computer Science, Boston University
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