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CITP Seminar: Kobbi Nissim – Can We Reconcile the Computer Science and Legal Views of Privacy?

Thursday, October 13, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


306 Sherrerd Hall
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Law and computer science interact in critical ways within sociotechnical systems, and recognition is growing among computer scientists, legal scholars, and practitioners of significant gaps between these disciplines that create potential risks for privacy and data protection. These gaps need to be bridged to ensure in the future both that computer systems are designed and implemented to correctly address applicable legal requirements and that interpretations of legal concepts accurately reflect the capabilities and limitations of technical systems. We will explore some of the gaps between the legal and technical views of privacy and suggest directions by which these gaps may be reconciled.


Kobbi Nissim is the McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Georgetown University and an affiliate professor at Georgetown Law. His work from 2003 and 2004 with Dinur and Dwork initiated rigorous foundational research of privacy and in 2006 he introduced Differential Privacy with Dwork, McSherry and Smith. Nissim was awarded the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award in 2021, the Godel Prize In 2017, the IACR TCC Test of Time Award in 2016 and 2018, and the ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award in 2013. He studied at the Weizmann Institute with Prof. Moni Naor.