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Strufe at 'Bonner Tage der Demokratie'

Thorsten Strufe is a discussion guest at the 'Bonner Tage der Demokratie' (engl. Bonn Days of Democracy).

On May 4, starting at 7 p.m., he will speak in the opening panel about fundamental rights in relation to social media.

New Book

"Tactile Internet" is on the shelves of your (online) bookstore since March 22! Thanks to our co-authors!

Save the date!

We are proud to announce the opening talk for our “Distinguished Lecture Series in Cybersecurity” on June 11th! Prof. Johannes Buchmann will speak about Sustainable Cybersecurity and Privacy. #KASTEL

Job Offer

We offer 2 PhD positions in the field of privacy and machine learning to start in May 2021. The positions are based at our lab in Karlsruhe and UPC (Barcelona). Funded by BMBF (Project Propolis, with EURECOM, SAP and Urban Institue) and FundlaCaixa.

Article on k-anonymity

Prof. Strufe commented on Google's move away from conventional marketing to data collection via FLoC.

You can find the article on heise.de linked below.

Furthermore, Deutschlandfunk also talked to Prof. Strufe about this topic.

german article on heise.de
Talk at University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Strufe will give a talk titled ProMACs: Leveraging the Streaming Paradigm to Improve Integrity without Transmission Cost at the Ifl Colloquium at the University of Zurich on May 27th this year.

The program of the colloquium can be found here.

Paper accepted at IEEE S&P 2020

Our article "Browsing Unicity: On the Limits of Anonymizing Web Tracking Data" (Clemens Deusser, Steffen Passmann and Thorsten Strufe) has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE S&P ("Oakland")! In the paper we examine the "anonymizing methods" commonly used by industry and show that they are largely ineffective even when applied to an extent that essentially destroys all utility of web tracking data. Using the example of a data set of a large European audience measurement provider, we show that the claim that "coarsening" leads to de-identified data sets is nonsense, since even in extreme cases anonymity is not achieved. Clemens Deusser will present the article at the IEEE S&P in May 2020, congratulations Clemens and Steffen!

Paper accepted at IEEE S&P 2020

Our article "Breaking and (Partially) Fixing Provably Secure Onion Routing" (Christiane Kuhn, Martin Beck and Thorsten Strufe) has been accepted for presentation at IEEE S&P ("Oakland")! In the paper we identify a vulnerability in a lightweight anonymization system ("HORNET") which was previously considered to be proven secure. We then find a vulnerability in the underlying packet format SPHINX, which is also used for other anonymization services. Finally, we find that the evidence framework of Camenish and Lysyanskaya used in both cases is flawed and fix the found bugs to share. Christiane Kuhn presents the article at the IEEE S&P in May 2020. Congrats, Christiane and Martin!

Invited Talk at TU Graz

Thorsten Strufe is giving an invited lecture at TU Graz on the topic "On the Limits of 'Anonymizing' Web Tracking Data by Generalization" on December, 18th.

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Invited talk at Uni Kiel

Thorsten Strufe is giving an invited lecture at the University of Kiel on the topic "On Privacy Notions in Anonymous Communications" on December 13.

Invited talk at UC Irvine

Thorsten Strufe is giving an invited lecture, entitled "On the Limits of 'Anonymizing' Web Tracking Data by Generalization" at UC Irvine, on Dec. 9th.

 

Invited talk at the final ENCASE Workshop on Cybersafety

Thorsten Strufe is holding an invited talk at the final ENCASE Workshop “Cybersafety: Threats and Intelligent Parental Advice Tools for Protection in Social Networks”, entitled "On the Limits of 'Anonymizing' Web Tracking Data by Generalization" on October 18th.

Paper presented at ACM CCS

Patricia Cabarcos is presenting our paper "'I don’t see why I would ever want to use it': Analyzing the Usability of Popular Smartphone Password Managers" at ACM CCS in London, on Sept. 14th!

Inaugural lecture

On February 3, Thorsten Strufe will give his inaugural lecture, entitled "Privacy and freedom or surveillance and censorship in web and mobile apps? (Thorsten Strufe -- from Hamburg to Karlsruhe, with small detours)" in the context of the semester colloquium of the Faculty of Informatics at KIT.
Everybody is cordially envited! :-)
Update: The slides of the lecture can be found here.

Keynote Speech

Thorsten Strufe is giving the keynote on "Security, the Elusive Goal of Privacy, and the Surprising Difficulties around Corona Tracing" at this year's ARES conference!

ARES on twitter
INFOnline

Our research at work -- the system we designed and published in 2017 is now going live, at the German ABC! Congrats to Steffen Passmann, who was the driving force behind our collaboration, too!

 

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Invited Talk at Uni Jena

Thorsten Strufe is giving an invited lecture on the tactile Internet at the New Year's Reception at the University of Jena on January 8.