Conferences - Seminars

  Thursday 1 March 2018 10:15 - 11:30 BC 420

IC Colloquium: Privacy despite mass surveillance

By: Sebastian Angel - UT Austin
IC Faculty candidate

In the past decade there has been a significant increase in the collection of personal information and communication metadata (with whom users
communicate, when, how often) by governments, Internet providers, companies, and universities. While there are many ongoing efforts to secure
users' communications, namely end-to-end encryption messaging apps and E-mail services, safeguarding metadata remains elusive.
I will present a system called Pung that makes progress on this front. Pung lets users exchange messages over the Internet without revealing
any information in the process. Perhaps surprisingly, Pung achieves this strong privacy property even when all providers (ISPs, companies, etc.) are
arbitrarily malicious.
I will also present several improvements to a general cryptographic building block called private information retrieval (PIR) that underlies many privacy
preserving systems including Pung. Among these improvements, I will discuss SealPIR, a new PIR library that achieves orders of magnitude more network
efficiency than the state-of-the-art. Finally, I will briefly touch on some of my work on verifiable computation and interfacing with malicious USB devices.

Sebastian Angel is a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas at Austin and a visiting academic at New York University's Courant Institute of 
Mathematical Sciences. His research interests are in systems, security, and networking.

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