Carnegie Mellon University

Current Topics in Privacy Seminar

The Current Topics in Privacy Seminar is a three-credit course (17-702) taught in the Fall and Spring semesters. Members of the university community are invited to participate in the seminar even if they are not enrolled in the course. In this seminar course students will discuss recent papers and current public policy issues related to privacy. Privacy professionals from industry, government, and non-profits will deliver several guest lectures each semester. 

Members of the CMU community interested in receiving notifications about the seminars each week should contact the course instructor to request to be added to the email list. 

Instructors:  Professor Norman Sadeh and Timothy Libert

Time and location: Thursdays, 12:20-1:40 PM.  All seminars will be held via Zoom untl further notice.

02/04/21 - Introduction - Timothy Libert

02/11/21 - Daniel Katz, Norton LIfelock - "Who Knows I like Jelly Beans?: An Investigation into Search Privacy"

02/18/21 - Sarah Bird & Ilana Segall, Mozilla - "The Uniqueness and Reidentifiability of Web Browsing Histories"

02/25/21 - Peter Story, Carnegie Mellon University - "Implementation Intentions for Security and Privacy"

03/04/21 - Peter Dolanjski, DuckDuckGo - "Stopping Online Tracking Requires a Simpler Approach to Technology and Policy"

03/11/21 - Sky Chen, Google - "The Daily Life of a Privacy Professional"

03/18/21 -  James Arps, Google - "Confessions of a Privacy Engineer"

03/25/21 - Matt McCoy, Ari Friedman, Penn Medicine - "Digital Health Privacy in the COVID Era and Beyond"

04/1/21 - Soshana Wodinsky, Gizmodo - "How Facebook Turned WhatsApp Into a Money Making Machine"

04/08/21 - Steven Wu, CMU - "A Gentle Introduction to Differential Privacy"

04/22/21 - Priya Kumar, University of Maryland - "How Privacy Operates When Family Life is Datafied"

04/29/21 -  Privacy Engineering Student Book Reports 1

05/06/21 - Privacy Engineering Student Book Reports 2