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Seminar:  Crowdsourcing for Privacy and Security

Date:April 30, 2012 
Talk Title:Crowdsourcing for Privacy and Security
Speaker:Jason Hong
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
CIC Building, Pittsburgh


In privacy and security, there are a number of mechanisms that are beyond what can be fully automated and still require human judgements. In this talk, I present two projects my group has done examining how to incorporate crowdsourcing to improve privacy and security.

The first project looks at how to use crowdsourcing to improve anti-phishing blacklists. We demonstrate ways of improving the performance of the crowd, and show that our approach is much faster and more comprehensive in identifying phish.

The second project looks at how to use crowdsourcing to capture people's perceptions of privacy with respect to smartphone apps. We introduce the concept of privacy as expectations, and show how the crowd can be used to flag unusual behaviors of smartphone apps. We also show how the crowd's perceptions can be used to make better privacy summaries that emphasize unexpected behaviors that make people uncomfortable.

Speaker Bio

Jason Hong

Jason Hong is an associate professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, part of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He works in the areas of ubiquitous computing and usable privacy and security. He is also an author of the book The Design of Sites, a popular book on web design using web design patterns. Jason is also a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, which focuses on the human side of computer security. Jason received his PhD from Berkeley and his undergraduate degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jason is also an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.