The 7th International Workshop on

Privacy and Anonymity in the Information Society (PAIS)

March 28, 2014, Athens (Greece)

Collocated with EDBT/ICDT 2014

Big Data and the Future of Privacy
Panel Moderators and Organizers:
Li Xiong, Emory University
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Traian Marius Truta, Northern Kentucky University
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Murat Kantarcioglu, University of Texas at Dallas
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Panagiotis Karras, Rutgers University
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Ting Yu, North Carolina State University and QCRI
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In light of recent discussions in response to US President Obama's call for review of privacy issues in the context of intelligence gathering and big data as well as similar issues other countries are facing, we invited several panelists to share their thoughts and insights on some of the pressing questions. Please join us and we look forward to hearing your thoughts too!

How will big data affect the way we live and work? What are the application scenarios?

What are the implications of big data for privacy and anonymity? Is the privacy perception changing? What are the new (and old) technological, ethical, social, and legal challenges?

What are the key and promising privacy and anonymity technologies to watch (e.g. homomorphic encryption, differential privacy, TOR)? What are the obstacles to adopt them in practice?

What are the immediate and fruitful research problems at the intersection of big data and privacy?

How should the different communities work together (e.g. database, data mining, security and privacy, HCI, ethics)?

What are the ways we, as technologists, can make bigger and broader impact of the technologies we develop?

What are the international factors on big data and privacy research?

Invited Panelists
Murat Kantarcioglu, University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of the UTD Data Security and Privacy Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER award and Purdue CERIAS Diamond Award for Academic excellence. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at Harvard Data Privacy Lab. Dr. Kantarcioglu's research focuses on creating technologies that can efficiently extract useful information from any data without sacrificing privacy or security. His research has been supported by grants from NSF, AFOSR, ONR, NSA, and NIH. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers. Some of his research work has been covered by the media outlets such as Boston Globe, ABC News etc. and has received two best paper awards.

Panagiotis Karras, Rutgers University
Panagiotis Karras is an Assistant Professor and Teaching Excellence Fellow at Rutgers Business School. He received an M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Hong Kong, and the 2008 Young Scientist Award in Physical/Mathematical Science from the Hong Kong Institution of Science. In the past he has also worked and studied at the National University of Singapore, at the University of Zurich, at the Technical University of Denmark, at the Institute of Language and Speech Processing in Athens, at Schlumberger Information Solutions in Oslo, at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and at the University of Patras, Greece.

Ting Yu, North Carolina State University, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Ting Yu is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science of North Carolina State University, and a senior scientist in the cyber security group of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). His main research areas are in data privacy and anonymization, trustworthy information in open systems and trust management. He obtained his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2003. Ting Yu is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2007 for trust and privacy management in social networks, and a recipient of the scholarship of K.C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong in 2010.