Cookies: Tech Security & Privacy

Technology has transformed our lives, but there are hidden tradeoffs we make as we take advantage of these new tools. Cookies, as you know, can be a tasty snack -- but they can also be ...more

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November 23, 2021 00:26:04
Those Pesky Privacy Policies: Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University

Those Pesky Privacy Policies: Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University

Does anyone actually read privacy policies? What's in them, and why can't we usually understand them? On our second season finale, we’ll talk with Professor Lorrie Cranor, director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory at Carnegie-Mellon University. The lab brings together more than 100 faculty from across campus to study security and privacy and help shape public policy in those areas. One of her specialties is how humans interact with security and privacy technologies, to make sure the mechanisms we build are not just secure in theory, but are actually things that we can use. Her TED Talk about password security has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. But today, we’ll talk about another pesky aspect of our digital lives – privacy policies, those mysterious terms and conditions we sign off on – often without reading them -- before we can use an app on our smartphone or laptop.  ...

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November 17, 2021 00:48:44
When It’s Best to Let A.I. Go Unused: Annette Zimmermann, Harvard University and University of York

When It’s Best to Let A.I. Go Unused: Annette Zimmermann, Harvard University and University of York

Annette Zimmermann makes the provocative argument that there are times it might be better to take cutting-edge artificial intelligence tools and leave them unused. Annette is a political philosopher working on the ethics of artificial intelligence and machine learning. She’s a technology and human rights fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, and an assistant professor in philosophy at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Annette was previously a postdoc at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy as well as at Princeton's University Center for Human Values.  ...

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November 09, 2021 00:33:27
How to Fend Off a SIM-card Attack on Your Cell Phone: Kevin Lee, Princeton University

How to Fend Off a SIM-card Attack on Your Cell Phone: Kevin Lee, Princeton University

Kevin Lee recently co-wrote a fascinating study about how easy it is for an attacker to gain control of another person’s cell phone. From there, the attacker can use the phone’s multi-factor authentication tool – usually a security code provided over a text message -- to do all kinds of damage, including making unauthorized purchases. As part of the study, his research team managed to fool five wireless carriers, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, into moving a customer’s account to a different phone’s SIM card without their permission. He’s a doctoral student in computer science at Princeton, affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy.  ...

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November 03, 2021 00:33:39
The Security Flaws of Online Learning:  Mihir Kshirsagar, Princeton University

The Security Flaws of Online Learning: Mihir Kshirsagar, Princeton University

Are online learning platforms really secure? Mihir Kshirsagar co-wrote a paper that spells out in startling detail everything you’ve wondered about -- but didn’t want to know -- about how online platforms are allowing students to have their personal data exploited as the students use them for online learning. And he discusses the one mistake instructors often make that could compromise the security of their students' data. He has served at the New York Attorney General’s Bureau of Internet and Technology as the lead trial counsel on matters of consumer protection law and technology.  ...

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October 26, 2021 00:37:52
A few easy tips to up your privacy game: David Sherry, Princeton University

A few easy tips to up your privacy game: David Sherry, Princeton University

How can you can improve your privacy in your everyday use of web browsers, email, text messaging and other apps? Our guest is David Sherry, the chief information security officer here at Princeton. He’s responsible for shoring up security at this Ivy League campus of more than 15,000 people. He has 20 years of experience in information security management. He can -- and often does -- speak publicly about how he manages to herd all those cats to make Princeton safer for technology. But today, he’s agreed to provide tips that anyone can use to improve their privacy in their own digital lives.  ...

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October 20, 2021 00:39:16
How Search Engines Show Their Bias: Orestis Papakyriakopoulos, Princeton University, and Arwa Michelle Mboya, MIT

How Search Engines Show Their Bias: Orestis Papakyriakopoulos, Princeton University, and Arwa Michelle Mboya, MIT

Today’s guests have written a study about the Google Search engine, and the subtle – and not-so-subtle – ways in which it shows its bias, and in many ways perpetuates tired old stereotypes. Orestis Papakyriakopoulos is a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. His research showcases political issues and provides ideas, frameworks, and practical solutions towards just, inclusive and participatory algorithms. Arwa Michelle Mboya is a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab. She is a virtual reality programmer and researcher who investigates the socio-economic effects of enhanced imagination.   ...

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