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CyLab’s Vyas Sekar is this year’s SIGCOMM “Rising Star”

CyLab’s Vyas Sekar, an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is this year’s recipient of SIGCOMM’s 2016 “Rising Star” Award, which recognizes a young researcher – no older than 35 – who has made outstanding research contributions to the field of communication networks during this early part of his or her career.

Upcoming CyLab Event

Distinguished Seminar: Internet privacy - Towards more transparency

Date: October 31, 2016
Speaker: Balachander Krishnamurthy, Researcher at AT&T Labs
Time & Location: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
DEC, CIC building, Pittsburgh
Abstract: Internet privacy has become a hot topic recently with the radical growth of Online Social Networks (OSN) and attendant publicity about various leakages. For the last decade we have examined aggregation of user's information by a steadily decreasing number of entities as unrelated Web sites are browsed. I will present results from several studies on leakage of personally identifiable information (PII) via Online Social Networks and popular non-OSN sites. Linkage of information gleaned from different sources presents a challenging problem to technologists, privacy advocates, government agencies, and the multi-billion dollar online advertising industry. Economics might hold the key in increasing transparency of the largely hidden exchange of data in return for access of so-called free services. I will also talk briefly about transient online social networks and doing privacy research at scale. Recently we have been pursuing data transparency by directly funding research projects around the world.