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Distinguished Seminar:  Internet privacy - Towards more transparency

Date:October 31, 2016 
Talk Title:Internet privacy - Towards more transparency
Speaker:Balachander Krishnamurthy, Researcher at AT&T Labs
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
DEC, CIC building, Pittsburgh


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.

Speaker Bio

Balachander Krishnamurthy is a lead inventive scientist at AT&T Labs--Research.

His focus of research of is in the areas of Internet measurements and SDN, privacy, and Online Social Networks. He has authored and edited ten books, published over one hundred technical papers, holds sixty nine patents, and has given invited talks in thirty five countries.

He co-founded the successful ACM Internet Measurement Conference in 2000 and in 2013 the Conference on Online Social Networks ( He has been involved with Data Transparency Lab since its inception in 2014. He has served on the thesis committee of several PhD students, collaborated with over eighty researchers worldwide, and given tutorials at several industrial sites and conferences.

His book "Internet Measurements: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications" (525pp, Wiley, with Mark Crovella) is the first book focusing on Internet Measurement. His previous book 'Web Protocols and Practice: HTTP/1.1 , Networking Protocols, Caching, and Traffic Measurement' (672 pp, Addison-Wesley, with Jennifer Rexford) is the first in-depth book on the technology underlying the World Wide Web, and has been translated into Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese.

Bala is homepageless and not on any OSN but many of his papers can be found online.