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DIFFERENTIAL PRIVACY & LAW AND POLICY (Public Event)

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Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM (EST)

DIFFERENTIAL PRIVACY & LAW AND POLICY (Public Event)

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DIFFERENTIAL PRIVACY & LAW AND POLICY (Public Event)

Policymakers are struggling to respond to advances in data analysis that threaten individual privacy in fundamentally new ways. Computational methods have been developed that operate on massive quantities of data, such as those generated by search, cheap sensors, and other new forms of transactional and behavioral tracking. These methods may increase both the social and economic benefits and the possible threats to privacy inherent in extensive statistical analysis of private behavior. Differential Privacy is a mathematical definition of privacy tailored to exactly this problem and that is faithful to widely held intuitions about privacy.

Due to its philosophical and technical appeal, differential privacy is a subject of intense scientific activity. It also increasingly appears in policy debates, a development we find very encouraging. But differential privacy has been brandished as a trump card by advocates on opposite sides of the same argument! This suggests a need for a careful explication of differential privacy directed to practitioners, policymakers, and legal scholars.
We hope you will join us for a tutorial designed to elucidate differential privacy for a non-technical audience. The tutorial will motivate and explain the definition, and address questions such as, When can differential privacy be applied, and in which settings is it not useful? Differential privacy is not a binary notion; rather, it provably limits privacy loss through an important parameter known as “epsilon”. We will explain the way epsilon quantifies risk, and the way in which it permits privacy to be viewed as a non-renewable natural resource, and we will explicate the policy questions associated with its apportionment.

This tutorial, which will take place at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, is funded by the Sloan Foundation and is coordinated with a week-long workshop, The Science of Differential Privacy, funded and hosted by the Simons Foundation. The event is organized by Cynthia Dwork (Microsoft Research), Moni Naor (the Weizmann Institute), and Paul Ohm (University of Colorado) and Felix Wu (Cardozo School of Law) on March 7, 2013 in New York City on aspects of "Differential Privacy."

On the same day, there will be parallel event, Differential Privacy and Economics and Social Sciences, with a more technical tutorial in the morning, an afternoon session on the topic of privacy issues in market design, and a late afternoon session on privacy issues in specific research projects in economics and social sciences. All groups will convene for a plenary session in the evening, featuring a presentation by NYU Professor Steven Koonin, Director of the nascent Center for Urban Science and Progress, "a unique public-private research center that uses New York City as its laboratory and classroom to help cities around the world become more productive, liveable, equitable and resilient." 

All tutorials and the evening talk are open to the public.

Locations and times are posted below.

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DIFFERENTIAL PRIVACY & LAW AND POLICY

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

LOCATION: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Ave, NY, NY 10003 (bet. 12th & 13th Streets) 
Cynthia Dwork will elucidate differential privacy for a non-technical audience. She will illustrate the many nuances of this powerful notion of privacy using real-world examples. When can differential privacy be applied, and in which settings is it not useful? Differential privacy is not a binary notion; rather, it limits privacy loss through a parameter known as “e” ("epsilon"). We will explain the way e quantifies risk, and discuss its proper selection, a question the computer scientists describe as “one of social choice” outside their domain of expertise.

A reception will follow the tutorial.

CUSP, A Plenary Talk By Steve Koonin, Center for Urban Science and Progress with remarks by Micah Altman (MIT) and Felix Wu (Cardozo)

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LOCATION: Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium, Simons Foundation, 160 5th Ave, 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10010 (Enter on 21st bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)                                                                                                              




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Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Tutorial) & Gerald D. Fishcbach Auditorium (Plenary Talk)



Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM (EST)


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SIMONS FOUNDATION

About the Simons Foundation
 
Established in 1994, the Simons Foundation is a private foundation based in New York City. With assets of $2 billion and annual grants of approximately $170 million, the foundation is dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in basic science and mathematics.
 
Simons Foundation programs in Mathematics & Physical Sciences support mathematics, theoretical computer science and theoretical physics, and the foundation's Life Sciences programs have focused on research that promotes synergy between biology and mathematics.
 
The foundation is also committed to advancing autism research. Launched in 2005, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign whose mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance. 

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