Privacy and Fairness Task Force
Chairs: Cynthia Dwork and Sampath Kannan
Public materials produced and curated for this task force include:
- The Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis for the Federal Statistical Agencies white paper
- The Towards a Privacy Research Roadmap for the Computing Community white paper
- The Privacy by Design – State of Research and Practice workshop report
- The Privacy by Design – Privacy Enabling Design workshop report
- The Privacy by Design – Engineering Privacy workshop report
- BIG DATA: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values
- Report to the President on Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective
The CCC’s Privacy-related workshops include:
Towards a Privacy Research Roadmap for the Computing Community
In early 2015, the CCC commissioned members of the privacy research community to generate a short report to help guide strategic thinking in this space. The effort aimed to complement and synthesize other recent documents, including the White House BIG DATA: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values Report and the Report to the President on Big Data and Privacy: A Technological Perspective. In May, the CCC released the resultant community report, Towards a Privacy Research Roadmap for the Computing Community.
The editors of the paper describe a research agenda that seeks to lead the community to a state where:
- We have a rigorous science of privacy that applies across different application domains;
- We understand the needs, expectations, and incentives of the humans who use information systems, and can design systems that are sensitive to them;
- We can engineer systems that enable us to enjoy both privacy and the benefits of data use to the maximum extent possible, showing that the tradeoff between the two can be much less stark than our current approaches offer
To reach this state, the editors believe that the research strategy needs to:
- Emphasize understanding, defining, and measuring the privacy of information systems
- Recognize and support the many stages and dimensions of privacy research
- Enable interdisciplinary research strategies
- Foster a technology-policy dialogue
Privacy by Design Workshops
The CCC also launched a series of four Privacy by Design workshops in 2015. The workshops are aimed at identifying a shared research vision to support the practice of privacy-by-design. They convene both practitioners with direct experience of the challenges in implementing privacy-by-design from a range of fields—software developers, privacy engineers, usability and interaction designers, chief privacy officers—and researchers from an equally broad range of disciplines.
Privacy by Design- State of Research and Practice
February 5-6, 2015
Regulators, academics and industry have called for privacy-by-design as a way to address growing privacy concerns with rapidly developing technology. The public and private sector are responding — hiring privacy engineers to join the ranks of privacy-oriented professionals, often working under the guidance of a chief privacy officer. Yet, implementing concepts of privacy through design is an open challenge and research area. There is a limited, disparate, and fragmented body of research affirmatively positioned as privacy-by-design.
Privacy by Design- Privacy Enabling Design
May 7-8, 2015
This workshop covered the latest research results in user interface design, usability and human factors including studies of user behavior and recent findings in privacy displays, nudging, privacy preference modeling, to name a few. While regulators attempt to drive privacy-by-design, there is little evidence that the class of professionals who consider themselves designers are engaged in the conversation.
Privacy by Design- Engineering Privacy
August 31-September 1, 2015
This workshop will survey emerging challenges in engineering privacy from applications of cryptographic protocols and privacy-preserving databases, to formal notations and programming languages in identity management, de-identification, and software specification. This survey will review known challenges, such as understanding privacy policies (e.g., privacy laws in regulated sectors like healthcare and finance; privacy promises in self-regulated sectors like Web services) in computational terms so that tools can be developed to help with their enforcement. The workshop will raise awareness of how well these results address the concepts and open problems identified in workshop #2, as well as serve to identify open research questions.
Privacy by Design- Regulation as Catalyst
January 6-8, 2015
More details forthcoming.