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Professor George Danezis: Inaugural Lecture

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Please join us for the inaugural lecture of George Danezis, Professor of Security and Privacy Engineering and head of the Information Security Group of the Computer Science department at the University College London.


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Topic: Foiling on-line surveillance: new developments in anonymous communications and their applications

The internet was built without strong privacy protections, making its use today susceptible to routine mass surveillance. Our research over the past 15 years has focused on building scalable protections for online communications that hide content, but also “anonymity systems” that hide the meta-data of who is talking with whom online.

In this talk I will provide an overview of our latest results in attacking widely deployed anonymity systems, and present our latest designs, showing that such systems can be made robust at scale. Anonymity systems are relevant not only for communications privacy, but also as building blocks for private queries, social networking and private storage, and are likely to become a fundamental building block of information security in the years to come.


ABOUT PROFESSOR GEORGE DANEZIS

George Danezis is a Professor of Security and Privacy Engineering at UCL Computer Science, and Head of the Information Security Research Group. He has been working on anonymous communications, privacy enhancing technologies (PET), and traffic analysis since 2000. He has previously been a researcher for Microsoft Research, Cambridge; a visiting fellow at K.U.Leuven (Belgium); and a research associate at the University of Cambridge (UK), where he also completed his doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Prof Ross J. Anderson.

His theoretical contributions to the Privacy Technologies field include the established information theoretic and other probabilistic metrics for anonymity and pioneering the study of statistical attacks against anonymity systems. On the practical side he is one of the lead designers of the anonymous mail system Mixminion, as well as Minx, Sphinx, Drac and Hornet; he has worked on the traffic analysis of deployed protocols such as Tor. His current research interests focus around secure communications, high-integrity systems to support privacy, smart grid privacy, peer-to-peer and social network security, as well as the application of machine learning techniques to security problems. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers on these topics in international conferences and journals.

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