Less is not more; Mapping a better route to user ad settings
For users looking to change their privacy settings on websites like Facebook, it often feels like a scavenger hunt. Now, researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Michigan are exploring design options to make settings related to advertising preferences more findable.
Cookie consent banners need improvement, may not be the answer
Over the past several years, websites have begun implementing cookie consent banners to meet regulatory requirements, allowing users to make choices about how their personal information is collected and shared. However, CyLab researchers say many of these banners miss the mark and may not be the best way to offer users privacy options.
CyLab icon connects users with online privacy choices
Have you noticed the new icon popping up on websites across the Internet? Thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, the University of Michigan, and Fordham University, users can now easily make choices about how websites use their personal information, all in one convenient spot.
Carnegie Mellon hosts 10th annual picoCTF Hacking Competition
On March 14th, hackers from around the globe flocked to picoCTF.org as Carnegie Mellon University’s 2023 Capture-the-Flag competition kicked off. In its 10th year, picoCTF saw more than 18,000 middle, high school, and undergraduate students who worked through 45 progressively difficult challenges.
CyLab to host inaugural CMU Secure Blockchain Summit
On May 8-9, the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute will host Carnegie Mellon University’s inaugural Secure Blockchain Summit, bringing together experts from academia and industry to discuss the future of blockchain research, technology and applications.
CyLab and S3D host International Data Privacy Day event
The CyLab Security and Privacy Institute and Software and Societal Systems Department hosted Carnegie Mellon's annual International Data Privacy Day event, bringing students, faculty, and staff together to discuss various aspects of online privacy.
Faculty, alumna receive “Test of Time” awards
ECE’s Lujo Bauer, EPP/ECE’s Nicolas Christin, EPP/ECE’s Lorrie Cranor, and ECE's Bryan Parno received the “Test of Time” award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s 44th Symposium on Security and Privacy.
Carley quoted on bias in AI training
CyLab’s Kathleen Carley was quoted in ABC News on bias in AI training amid conversations about how chatbots, like ChatGPT, are programmed to generate responses, and the possibility of political biases. “There’s this view that the majority of information that it was trained on is more left-leaning and has certain political biases and certain political agendas built into it,” Carley said. “That’s where that argument is coming from.”
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Three Engineering faculty named University Professors
Three College of Engineering faculty members have been elevated to the rank of University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member can receive at Carnegie Mellon: CEE Head Burcu Akinci, CyLab Director Lorrie Faith Cranor, and CEE’s Greg Lowry.
Cranor discusses Twitter’s two-factor authentication changes
CyLab Director Lorrie Cranor discusses Twitter changing its two-factor authentication policy.
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