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Privacy in the 21st Century

15th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

George Orwell forecast the imposition of digital monitors by an authoritarian regime. Today our most intimate secrets are shared voluntarily through just such monitors (our smartphones) with a handful of state-size technology companies. What prospects does this bring for our privacy, our security, our radius of action in the 21st century? Our guest speakers explore technical, legal and commercial aspects of this question.

Dr Franck Courbon, University of Cambridge

"Security and Privacy - Trends from the hardware"

In the context of a more and more connected environment (healthcare, transportation, communication...), this talk will showcase hardware based attacks, tools and capabilities, on-going developments and their impacts on privacy.About Franck: In 2015, Franck received his PhD. from the Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne while being part of Gemalto Security Labs, France. He focused on laser fault injection and electron microscopy based hardware trojan detection. Since 2015, he has been with the Department of Computer Science Security Team. In 2017, Franck was awarded of a Leverhulme Trust/Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellowship to focus on embedded devices hardware based vulnerabilities characterisation and countermeasures development. His main research interests are low-cost microscopy, digital logic reverse engineering, memory content extraction and signal processing techniques.

Maria Peyman, Birketts Solicitors

Maria is a Senior Associate in Birketts' Commercial Litigation Team and specialises in contentious intellectual property acting for clients on matters such as infringement of copyright, trademarks, and design rights, as well as passing off and breach of confidence.  Maria advises technology based clients on other aspects of commercial litigation such as software disputes and breach of data protection rule claims.

Dr Noa Zilberman, University of Cambridge

"Rethinking computing infrastructure for privacy"

Almost every aspect of our lives is being digitally monitored today: from social networks activity, through online shopping habits, to healthcare and financial records. Noa's talk will give an overview of the technological forces that brought us to this state, and present a rethinking of computing infrastructure that can allow us to take back control over our data. Noa is a networked-systems expert, focusing on the integration between micro and macro level: from silicon and system design to large scale networks and cloud environments. Before joining Cambridge, she spent 15 years in the datacom and silicon industries in various design, architecture and management roles.

Invited: Peter Clarke, CEO Resurgo Genetics

Peter has been a computational biologist for more than two decades, holding many academic positions including posts at Caltech and the University of Cambridge. He has recently cofounded a startup that applies some of the latest advances in machine learning to help design more precise medicines and agricultural products.


15th November 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £15


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