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Wednesday, April 13, 2022 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

CPI Talk - Crypto for the People

Brown University's Seny Kamara discusses how cryptography has failed to address the needs of the disenfranchised and how this can be addressed. 

CPI Talks are free and open to everyone regardless of age! High school students and even non-Waterloo students/staff are welcome to join.

No prior knowledge of cryptography will be expected from the audience.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

CPI Talk- Digital Disinformation and Democracy

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.

Friday, November 10, 2017 12:00 am - 12:00 am EST

Waterloo Cybersecurity and Defence Forum 2017

Exploring intersections between the defence industry and cybersecurity community

Open to faculty members of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. By invitation only to others.

The Forum, presented by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) will showcase some of the top minds and influencers from Canada and around the world, specializing in areas including

Chelsea Komlo, HashiCorp

​Privacy Enhancing Technology communities rely on the research community for help designing and validating protocols, finding potential attack vectors, and applying new technological innovations to existing protocols. However, while the research community has made significant progress studying projects such as Tor, the number of research outcomes that have actually been incorporated into privacy enhancing technologies such as The Tor Project is lower than the number of feasible and useful research outcomes. 

Matthew Finkel, The Tor Project

There are hundreds of millions of new "smart" mobile device users every year, but the mobile ecosystem and infrastructure are designed and built for optimizing convenience, not protecting the privacy of the user. From a design flaw in the Internet Protocol to an abundence of physical sensors, a mobile device may tell a third-party more information than the user intended or wanted. 

Vern Paxson, University of California, Berkeley / Corelight, Inc. / International Computer Science Institute

Many of the most costly security compromises that enterprises suffer manifest as tiny trickles of behavior hidden within oceans of other site activity. This talk will examine the problem of developing robust detectors for particular forms of such activity. The process is in some ways a dual to that of adversaries who seek to design algorithms to identify users who employ particular approaches for keeping their network activity private.

Aiman Erbad, Qatar University

With the rapid increase of threats on the Internet, people are continuously seeking privacy and anonymity. Services such as Bitcoin and Tor were introduced to provide anonymity for online transactions and Web browsing. Due to its pseudonymity model, Bitcoin lacks retroactive operational security, which means historical pieces of information could be used to identify a certain user.

Adam Molnar, Deakin University


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.