Privacy in the World of Big Data

Schedule and Reading Assignments

Note: Readings and assignments for dates more than one week in the future subject to changes.

Reading assignment responses are due by 2pm on the Sunday preceding class.

You are welcome to discuss the readings and assignments with fellow students but write-ups should be your own.


Date and Topic Readings Assignments due
01/11
Introduction
Class Material:
01/18 (No class, MLK birthday)
01/25
De-anonymization as science. k-anonymity, l-diversity.
Required Reading: Class Material:
  • Fill out class survey
  • Watch 2 sessions of PrivacyCon in DC on Jan 14
  • Submit a response to questions based on required readings.
  • 2/1
    Differential privacy
    Class Material: Submit a response to questions based on material from last class.
    2/8
    DP via Laplace mechanism
    Class Material:
    2/15 (No class, President's day)
    2/22
    DP via Exponential mechanism
    Class Material:
    Solve assignment #3.
    2/29
    DP for multiple queries
    Class Material: Solve assignment #4.
    3/7
    DP for multiple queries
    Class Material: Project proposal (more info on projects)
    3/14 (No class, Spring break)
    3/21
    DP in practice
    Class Material:
    Sign up for paper presentations.
    3/28
    Practical privacy
    Guest Lecture by Prof. Clifford Neuman (slides)
    4/4
    Online tracking
    Guest Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Mayer.
    Class Material:
    Project progress report
    4/11
    Fingerprinting and defenses
    Class Material:
    4/18
    Privacy Enhancing Technologies
    Class Material:
    4/25
    Project presentations Project presentations
    5/4 (No class) Final project report due at 2pm