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Empowering Users Facing Insurmountable Odds
Dave Levin
IRB 0318-https://umd.zoom.us/j/97012302837?pwd=aHZldjgySnF1S29vcTRuZ3pZaUFjUT09
Friday, September 16, 2022, 3:00-4:00 pm Calendar
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Although the Internet was designed to be decentralized, in reality there are a handful of centralized parties whose unilateral decisions affect the security and privacy of billions of users around the world. In this talk, I will describe some of our efforts to empirically these centralized decision-makers, and systems we have built and deployed that empower users to exert control over their security and privacy. I will talk about this through broad pieces of work in particular: understanding with whom we are communicating online, and evading nation-state censorship. This work is the culmination of collaborations with my PhD students and dozens of undergraduate students; I will briefly discuss our efforts to scale-up undergraduate research.


Dave Levin is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where he also earned his PhD. He received an NSF CAREER award, multiple best-paper awards, and an Undergraduate Research Mentoring award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.  Dave started the Breakerspace lab at UMD, in which he has advised dozens of undergraduate research groups in various projects in network and systems security.  https://www.cs.umd.edu/~dml

This talk is organized by Richa Mathur