CITP Virtual Lunch Seminar: Cryptography for Privacy and Policy
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This virtual talk is being co-sponsored by CITP and the Department of Computer Science. It is open only to Princeton University faculty, staff, and students.
In this talk, Seny will describe his work designing, analyzing and cryptanalyzing efficient algorithms and systems that operate on end-to-end encrypted data. He will discuss the advances he and his collaborators have made on these problems over the last fifteen years based on ideas from a variety of fields including cryptography, algorithms, data structures, complexity theory, machine learning and databases. In addition to the technological impact of these advances, societal implications will be discussed which range from (potentially) expanding Law Enforcement’s “Going Dark” problem to enabling new policy trade-offs.
Seny Kamara is an associate professor of computer science at Brown University, where he directs the Encrypted Systems Lab and is affiliated with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies. Prior to joining Brown, he was a research scientist at Microsoft Research in the Cryptography Research group. At Brown, he conducts research in cryptography with a focus on problems motivated by social and policy issues.
In 2016, he was appointed by the National Academies of Sciences to study the impact of end-to-end encryption on law enforcement and intelligence agencies and in 2019 he testified to the U.S. House of Representative about the privacy and fairness implications of Big Data. He has received a Google Faculty Award and was named a Leadership Fellow by the Boston Global Forum for his work and commitment to global peace.