Organizer: CASED, CROSSING and EC SPRIDE
The Internet has undergone dramatic changes in the last two decades, evolving from a mere communication network to a global multimedia platform in which billions of users not only actively exchange information, but increasingly conduct sizable parts of their daily lives. While this transformation has brought tremendous benefits to society, it has also created new threats to online privacy that existing technology is failing to keep pace with. Our long-term research agenda for meeting this challenge is to develop a privacy advisor, which inspects online communication as well as information about to be published by a user, performs its own inference based on information available online, and warns the user about potential anonymity and privacy leaks.
In this talk we outline the structure of such a privacy advisor and provide two important building blocks: a framework for measuring and displying the degree of anonymity provided by anonymous communication (AC) protocols such as Tor, and a new paradigm for assessing the privacy of users at large in the age of Big-Data. This work is funded by the ERC Synergy Grant imPACT.