Current undergraduate students

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to play an active role in shaping the direction of research, education, and policy at the University of Waterloo by attending the Summit for Responsible Innovation and Technology. This is an opportunity to provide valuable input and define Waterloo's culture of responsible innovation and technology. 

Register to attend this exciting event featuring:

Doing the Internet's Dirty Work: Commercial Content Moderators as Social Media's Gatekeepers

Faced with mounting pressures and repeated, very public crises, social media firms have taken a new tack since 2017: to respond to criticism of all kinds and from numerous quarters (regulators, civil society advocates, journalists, academics and others) by acknowledging their long-obfuscated human gatekeeping workforce of commercial content moderators.

Nolen Scaife, PhD candidate
Florida Institute for Cybersecurity, University of Florida

Credit, debit, and prepaid cards have dominated the payment landscape for decades, empowering the economy. Unfortunately, these legacy systems were not designed for today's adversarial environment, and deployment of new technologies is slow, expensive, and difficult to adopt. 

Nate Cardozo, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Encryption is legal in the Five Eyes countries, thanks to our victory in what’s come to be known as the Crypto Wars of the 1990s. Computer security research is increasingly viewed as a boon rather than a scourge. But time is a circle and once again, law enforcement and policy makers around the world are calling for all that to change. In this presentation, I will discuss in brief the history of the first Crypto Wars, and the state of the law in 2018.

Text Anonymization with Differential Privacy

Ben Weggenmann, SAP Security Research 

Huge amounts of textual data are processed every day using text mining and information retrieval techniques to assist us with analyzing, organizing and retrieving text documents. In many cases, it is desirable that the authors of such documents remain anonymous: They can reveal sensitive information about its authors, and critical news articles or customer feedback could cause retaliation or worsening business relations.

Adam Molnar, Deakin University

Abstract

The Australian Government released a proposed draft of legislation that would expand national security and law enforcement agencies’ access to encrypted communications on August 15, 2018. The draft, entitled the ‘Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018’ follows after several months of consultations.