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CENS 6th Annual Research Review

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We are pleased to announce the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) 6th Annual Research Review – Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the Tom Bradley International Center, UCLA Campus.

CENS is a major research enterprise engaged in the development of wireless sensor systems and the application of revolutionary sensing technology to critical scientific and social applications.  Each year, members of the Center and partners from across the world gather for a day-long symposium to communicate recent results and accomplishments in this rapidly developing field.  We invite you to join us as we highlight our measurement and sensing technologies and look forward to future developments. 

In addition to presentations highlighting recent developments by our researchers, we are pleased to host the World Wide Web Consortium’s Daniel Weitzner as our keynote speaker.  The day will be rounded out by a poster/demonstration session spotlighting the technical innovations fostered by the Center. 

Date:  October 22, 2008
Time:  8:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Tom Bradley International Center, UCLA Campus

Daniel Weitzner of the World Wide Web Consortium

Keynote Speaker: Daniel Weitzner

Talk Title:

Secrecy is Dead - Long Live Privacy: Technical and legal strategies for reviving privacy in our transparent age.


The Internet and World Wide Web have accelerated the free flow of information around the world, transforming lives of individuals and communities. While the benefits to freedom of expression are undeniable, challenges to privacy in this increasingly transparent and interconnected information space are daunting. Current legal and technical approaches to privacy tend to confuse privacy with security and put place undue emphasis on ability to limit access to personal information. This hide-it-or-lose-it perspective that dominates technical and public-policy approaches is an impractical strategy going forward. More importantly, it misunderstands the basic relationship between human behavior and social rules. The security- driven approach to privacy assumes that people will violate all rules unless they are forcibly prevented from doing so, and that social rules are the product of a series of atomic negotiations regarding individual, contract-like agreements. This oversimplification has lead to technical infrastructure that is too brittle to support the evolution and maintenance of privacy and the free flow of information. We examine traditional approaches to information privacy rooted in the development of modern privacy law in the 1960s and 70s, and then ask how the fundamental goals of modern privacy policy can be achieved.

Our new approach introduces the notion of Information Accountability. Information Accountability means the use of information should be transparent so it is possible to determine whether a particular use is appropriate under a given set of rules and that the system enables individuals and institutions to be held accountable for misuse. The Information Accountability will support effective privacy protection and will enabled continued innovation in new technical and social systems.

About the Keynote Speaker

Daniel Weitzner is the Policy Director of the World Wide Web Consortium's Technology and Society activities, co-directs MIT’s Decentralized Information Group with Tim Berners-Lee, and is Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His work enables the Web to address legal and public policy requirements, including the Platform for Privacy Preference (P3P) and XML Security technologies. As a leading figure in the Internet policy community, he was the first to advocate user control technologies such as content filtering. Mr. Weitzner was co-founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Weitzner has a J.D. from Buffalo Law School, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Yale Law Review, Communications of the ACM, Computerworld, Wired Magazine, Social Research, and The Whole Earth Review.

Biography of Mr. Weitzner


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