Talks & Seminars
Title: Privacy-Enhancing Technologies for the Internet
Dr. Yves Deswarte, Research Director of CNRS, France
Date & Time: August 5, 2008 14:30
Venue: Conference Room, ‘C’ Block, 01st floor, Kanwal Rekhi Bldg.
While in our society, privacy is recognized as one of the fundamental human rights, citizens and consumers feel that new technologies endanger their privacy, and this feeling is an obstacle to the development of the information society. This talk will first establish two basic privacy principles: personal data minimization and sovereignty. It will then present some Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (or PETs) that can contribute to improve user confidence in the Internet services. Among these technologies, the following ones will be detailed: virtual identity management, anonymous communications and accesses, privacy-preserving authorization schemes, and personal data management.
Speaker Profile:

Mr. Yves Deswarte has received a Certified engineer degree of the "Institut Supérieur d'Électronique du Nord" (ISEN), Lille,1972 and a Computer Science Specialized Engineer degree of ENSAE (Sup’Aéro), Toulouse, 1973. He is currently a Research Director of CNRS, member of the "Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance" research group at LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, France.

From 1973 to 1979, he was an R&D engineer at CII and CIMSA (French computer manufacturer for military, aeronautics and space applications, part of Thomson-CSF, now Thales). He joined INRIA and LAAS in 1979, and from 1979 to 1984, he was a member of the directorate team of the French National Action on Systems Dependability. From 1985 to 1998, he was the head of the SATURNE project, co-sponsored by INRIA and LAAS, intended to design and realize distributed systems able to tolerate both (accidental) faults and (malicious) intrusions in order to achieve a high reliability and a high security. More recently, his main research interests were in quantitative security evaluation, dependability evaluation criteria and protection of safety-critical systems with multiple levels of integrity. He is currently involved in several national and European projects on flexible security policies, critical infrastructure protection and privacy-enhancing technologies. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 international publications on fault-tolerant computing systems and on security and privacy of distributed systems. He has supervised 14 doctorates and is currently advising 4 doctorate students.

He has been consultant for several organizations in France and for SRI-International in the USA. He has been member of many international conferences program committees and chaired several of them. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Security and Privacy, a member of the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC), and a senior member of SEE (the French Society for Electricity, Electronics and Information and Communication Technologies). In 1998, he has founded the Technical Committee on Dependable Computing Systems of SEE, and chaired it from that time until 2005. Since 1999, he has been representing the IEEE Computer Society at IFIP Technical Committee on Security and Protection in Information Processing Systems.

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