Privacy Online: What Now?

Presented at ShmooCon X (2014), Jan. 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

Recent revelations about data and metadata collection of Internet users' communications have been extremely worrying. Not only are governments collecting this information, but online service providers, including cloud providers, are part of the picture as well.

What can we, as individuals, do to limit the collection of our online messages, friends lists, and usage patterns? In this talk, we will look at existing and upcoming privacy enhancing technologies that can help you control the spread of this personal information, and present some calls to action for improving the state of the world in this regard.


  • Ian Goldberg
    Ian Goldberg is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and a University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, where he is a founding member of the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) research group. His research focuses on developing usable and useful technologies to help Internet users maintain their security and privacy. He is a Senior Member of the ACM and a winner of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award.

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