Seminars at the Faculty of Informatics

Informatics Seminar on Tuesday,March 11 at 9.30 - Marc Langheinrich

The Faculty of Informatics is pleased to announce a seminar given by Marc Langheinrich


TITLE: Personal Privacy in Ubiquitous Computing
SPEAKER: Marc Langheinrich, Institute of Pervasive Computing, ETH Zurich
DATE: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
PLACE: USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Auditorium, Main building (Via G. Buffi 13)
TIME: 09:30 - 10:30



Visions of future computing environments involve integrating tiny microelectronic processors and sensors into everyday objects in order to make them "smart." Today's technological trends like GPS-enabled mobile phones and RFID-tagged consumer items seem to herald a society where larger and larger parts of our lives will be digitized, in order to provide better services, cheaper goods, and improve health and safety.
At the same time, this potentially opens up our lives for others to inspect and search, creating a comprehensive surveillance network of unprecedented scale.

In my talk, I want to briefly summarize the technical developments behind ubiquitous computing, introduce both the social and legal background of personal privacy, and then proceed to discuss the challenges that these new technologies pose in this arena, especially with respect to usability. I will use the example of an RFID privacy mechanism we developed at the ETH Zurich, based on shared secrets, for illustrating how we might have to adjust our current notions of personal privacy and security, in order to build privacy mechanisms that are useful, usable, and used.




Marc Langheinrich is a senior researcher in the Institute for Pervasive Computing at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Before completing his PhD in the fields of ubiquitous computing and privacy in 2005 (at the ETH Zurich), he worked for several years as a researcher in both academia (Univ. of Washington, Seattle) and industry (NEC Research, Tokyo). Marc is one of the authors of P3P, a W3C-standard for privacy on the Web, and has published extensively on privacy and usability aspects of ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems.