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Web Privacy and Transparency Conference

Friday, October 24, 2014
4:00 pm


Friend Center Convocation Room
35 Olden Street
Princeton, 08544 United States
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This conference will be videotaped and livestreamed. Hashtag: #WebTAP

Everything we do on the web is tracked and profiled. What types of data are companies collecting? Who are they trading it with? And how is this data used for personalizing our online experience and treating different users differently? What are the algorithms used for targeting ads, as well as prices, news recommendations, and so forth? A quickly emerging area of computer science research aims to bring transparency to privacy-impacting practices on the web via empirical measurement. This conference will discuss the state of the art in this field and the research agenda for the next few years as well as questions of policy — how should laws utilize the results of measurement, and what new laws do these studies suggest? Can self-regulation be effective, and how can web services work together with transparency researchers to foster a healthy public dialog?

Video Recordings:

Tutorial on Web Privacy and Transparency – Arvind Narayanan and Solon Barocas
Panel 1: Measuring Online Tracking and Data Collection
Keynote: Julia Angwin
Panel 2: Measuring Data Use and Algorithmic Personalization
Panel 3: Measurement, Policymaking and Enforcement

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome and coffee

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Tutorial on Web Privacy and TransparencyArvind Narayanan and Solon Barocas

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Panel 1 – Measuring Online Tracking and Data Collection

Moderator: Arvind Narayanan

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch and Keynote – Julia Angwin, Journalist and Author

1:30 – 3:00: Panel 2 – Measuring Data Use and Algorithmic Personalization

Moderator: Ed Felten, Princeton University

3:00 pm -3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Panel 3 – Measurement, Policymaking and Enforcement

Moderator: Solon Barocas, Princeton University


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The Friend Center is within walking distance from the Princeton train station and from most parking lots. If you wish to take a shuttle instead of walking, refer to the shuttle tracking map for details of which shuttle to take. Your stop is Friend Center.

Recommended Lodging

The Nassau Inn, Ten Palmer Square, Princeton, NJ 08542 – Phone: 609.921.7500. The Nassau Inn is within walking distance to campus. Walking directions and map to conference from the Nassau Inn.

The Residence Inn Princeton at Carnegie Center, 3563 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 – Phone: 609.720.0200.

The Hyatt Place Princeton, 3565 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 – Phone: 609.799.0550.

Ask for the Princeton rate. You may want to confirm with the hotel that they currently have shuttle service to campus.