[NRG] Reminder: NRG Meeting: Privacy-Preserving Social Plugins (Evangelos... @ Mon Apr 8, 2013 11am - 12pm (NRG Calendar)

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Title: NRG Meeting: Privacy-Preserving Social Plugins (Evangelos Markatos) 	
Title: Privacy-Preserving Social Plugins

Presenter: Evangelos Markatos

The widespread adoption of social plugins has raised concerns about their  
implications to user privacy, as they enable social networking services to  
track a growing part of their members' browsing activity. Existing  
mitigations in the form of browser extensions can prevent social plugins  
from tracking user visits, but inevitably disable any kind of content  
personalization, ruining the user experience. In this work we describe a  
novel design for privacy-preserving social plugins that decouples the  
retrieval of user-specific content from the loading of a social plugin. In  
contrast to existing solutions, this design preserves the functionality of  
existing social plugins by delivering the same personalized content, while  
it protects user privacy by avoiding the transmission of user-identifying  
information. We have implemented our design in SafeButton, an add-on for  
Firefox that fully supports seven out of the nine social plugins currently  
provided by Facebook, including the Like button. As privacy-preserving  
social plugins maintain the functionality of existing social plugins, we  
envisage that they could be adopted by social networking services  
themselves for the benefit of their members. To that end, we also present a  
pure JavaScript design that can be offered transparently as a service  
without the need to install any browser add-ons.

Prof. Evangelos Markatos received his diploma in Computer Engineering from  
the University of Patras in 1988, and the M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Computer  
Science from the University of Rochester, NY in 1990 and 1993 respectively.  
Since 1992, he collaborates with the Institute of Computer Science of the  
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (ICS-FORTH) where he is  
currently the founder and head of the Distributed Computing Systems  
Laboratory. He conducts research in several areas including distributed and  
parallel systems, the World-Wide Web, Internet Systems and Technologies, as  
well as Computer and Communication Systems Security. He has been the  
project manager of the LOBSTER and NoAH projects, both funded in part by  
the European Union and focusing on developing novel approaches to network  
monitoring and network security. He is currently the project manager of the  
SysSec: the European Network of Excellence in managing threats and  
vulnerabilities for the Future Internet. Since 1992, he has also been  
affiliated with the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete,  
where he is currently a full Professor.
When: Mon Apr 8, 2013 11am – 12pm Eastern Time
Where: MCS-148, 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215
Calendar: NRG Calendar
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