In our next CPI Talk, our hosts Bessma Momani and Shelly Ghai Bajaj discuss how disinformation flows and spreads on direct messaging and private chat applications, why they are important digital spaces to study, and the broader political and social implications of disinformation.

Read about the groundbreaking work of Sujaya Maiyya, an assistant professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science and a member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at the University of Waterloo. Sujaya's research focuses on oblivious privacy-preserving databases, aiming to safeguard data from access pattern attacks. Her journey from UC Santa Barbara to the University of Waterloo highlights her remarkable rise in the field, offering solutions to enhance data security and privacy in the face of evolving threats.

Sirisha Rambhatla, an accomplished engineer, attended the College of Engineering (COER) in Roorkee, India, excelling in her studies and interning at prestigious institutions like IIT Roorkee and IIT Kanpur. Her passion for signal processing led her to the University of Minnesota for advanced studies under Dr. Jarvis Haupt. Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, she leads the Critical ML lab, addressing healthcare challenges with AI and ML models while advocating for privacy-conscious approaches.

A chat with Prof. Diogo Barradas about his academic journey, discussing a variety of topics including censorship, digital forensics, security testing, teaching at the University of Waterloo, and more.

This event centres on our theme, “Protecting Diverse Application Domains", which will highlight current and future efforts within the cybersecurity and privacy sphere, with keynote speakers, panel discussions, and industry talks. This conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, entrepreneurs, start ups, government, sponsors, and businesses.

We sat down for a conversation with Gautam Kamath, an assistant professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics and member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, about trust, privacy, and security surrounding machine learning (ML) and natural language processing (NLP) models.

The international and geopolitical landscape has become more volatile in recent years with the rise of populist nationalist leaders, a stagnating global economy, a renewed Cold War with Russia and China, and rising regional powers challenging long-held liberal norms.

The impact these forces are having on cybersecurity, technology supply chains, and energy systems, to name just a few domains, will continue to have significant disruptive impacts on business operations, customer relations, and executive decision-making.

In this webinar, Bessma Momani will dissect these and other related issues to help executives navigate this challenging new risk environment.

This virtual conference will focus on the latest developments in cybersecurity and privacy research, gaps hindering the collection of informative data, and the potential of big data generated through mobile and other devices, along with the use of AI methods in healthcare. Additionally, discussions will touch on issues surrounding public trust and its impact on government policy. Representatives from Health Canada and Statistics Canada will also provide observations on research and public policy and how to effectively move forward with research partnerships.

Are you interested in how quantum computing is shaping all faces of the internet from global financial systems to social media? Or how it may effect cryptographic trust systems and communications? Then, come join the CQN Societal Impacts Winter Lecture: Quantum Internet Protocols event.

Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.