Recent News (Short Selection)

2014
November 2014: An app developed over the summer at Microsoft by my PhD student, Justin Cranshaw, is featured on CMU’s homepage. The Microsoft Garage “Journeys & Notes” app connects people with similar commutes. Here’s the Microsoft announcement. Congrats Justin!

October 2014: Anupam Datta and I recently coordinated CMU’s response to the NITRD Request for Information on a National Privacy Research Strategy

October 2014: Our Ubicomp2012 and SOUPS 2014 work on modeling user privacy preferences is the basis for a cool new website grading mobile apps based on their privacy practices:
-J. Lin, B. Liu, N. Sadeh, and J.I. Hong, Modeling Users’ Mobile App Privacy Preferences: Restoring Usability in a Sea of Permission Settings , 2014 – SOUPS 2014
-J. Lin, S. Amini, J. Hong, N. Sadeh, J. Lindqvist, J. Zhang, Expectation and Purpose: Understanding Users’ Mental Models of Mobile App Privacy through Crowdsourcing – Ubicomp2012

August 2014: Partnering with Eric Nyberg and Alan Black to offer a new mobile app development course exploring applications of IBM Watson’s cognitive technology – see press release here (See also CMU Students Get to Work, Play with Computer Jeopardy! Champion Watson in Pittsburgh Tribune or IBM’s Watson is Going to College in Venture Beat)

August 2014: Fei Liu presents:
F. Liu, R. Ramanath, N. Sadeh, and N.A. Smith, A Step Towards Usable Privacy Policy: Automatic Alignment of Privacy Statements in Proc. of the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Dublin, August 2014.

July 2014: Graduating first cohort of students in our Master’s Program in Privacy Engineering

July 2014: Wombat Security Technologies closes $6.7M series B round of funding to accelerate growth (see CityBizList article)

July 2014: SOUPS 2014:

  • One of our two posters also wins the best poster award

June 2014: Co-organizing workshop on the Future of Privacy Notice and Choice at CMU

June 2014: Rohan Ramanath presents Unsupervised Alignment of Privacy Policies Using Hidden Markov Models in Proc. of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL’14), Baltimore, MD, June 2014

May 2014: Expert address at Hong Kong University: Mobile App Privacy: How Bad Is It & What Can We Do About It?

April 2014: two papers at CHI2014 in Toronto

  • Y. Wang, P.G. Leon, A. Acquisti, L.F. Cranor, A. Forget, and N. Sadeh, A Field Trial of Privacy Nudges for Facebook , In Proceedings of the 32nd annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI2014. April 2014

April 2014: WWW2014: Bin Liu presents our paper on Reconciling Mobile App Privacy and Usability on Smartphones: Could User Privacy Profiles Help?

April 2014: Justin Cranshaw successfully presents his dissertation proposal – see actual proposal here

February 2014: Mobile & Pervasive Computing Services Project Fair: 16 projects from my Mobile & Pervasive Computing Services course compete for top prize.

Jan 2014: Co-hosting White House Chief Privacy Officer, Nicole Wong, at CMU as part of Data Privacy Day – see also event webpage and an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and a video of the keynote

2013

December 2013: Our WWW2014 article on Reconciling Mobile App Privacy and Usability on Smartphones: Could User Privacy Profiles Help? is now available as a Tech Report (CMU-CS-13-128/CMU-ISR-13-114)

December 2013: People at the FTC tell us that our mobile app privacy research influenced their decision to go after Brightest Flashlight. A settlement has now been reached – see the FTC consent order

November 2013: CyLab seminar: Mobile App Security and Privacy: An Overview of Recent Research Results and their Implications

October 2013: Our Usable Privacy Policy Project is featured on CMU’s homepage

October 2013: Jialiu Lin defends her dissertation on “Understanding and Capturing People’s Mobile App Privacy Preferences”. Congrats Jialiu!

September 2013: Shomir Wilson presents our joint paper on Privacy Manipulation and Acclimation in a Location Sharing Application at Ubicomp2013 in Zurich.

September 2013: Our new NSF Frontier project on Usable Privacy Policies is featured in IAPP’s Privacy Advisor

August 2013: First cohort of students enter our new Master’s Program in Privacy Engineering

August 2013: CMU press release about our new NSF Frontier project on Usable Privacy Policies and nice articles in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Pittsburgh Business Times

August 2013: We’ve been awarded one of three large “Frontier” research projects under NSF’s Secure and Trustworthy Computing program – see NSF’s press release

August 2013: Paper at KDD2013:
B. Fu, J. Lin, Lei Li, C. Faloutsos, J. Hong, N. Sadeh. Why People Hate Your App – Making Sense of User Feedback in a Mobile App Store

July 2013: The Mobile Commerce Lab receives $180,000 research gift from Google under its “Privacy and Security Focused Program” for our work on “Smart privacy profiles for mobile apps”.

July 2013: Attending Dagstuhl Seminar on My Life Shared: Trust and Privacy in the Age of Ubiquitous Experience Sharing

May 2013: Expert address on Using Mobile Social Media to Understand the Dynamics of Cities, Hong Kong University

May 2013: Graduating Patrick Gage Kelley (co-advised with Lorrie Cranor): Congrats Patrick!

May 2013: Two papers at CHI’2013 in Paris:

April 2013: Awarded patent on User-Controllable Learning of Policies

March/April 2013: Our article on the shortage of privacy engineers is featured in IEEE Security and Privacy

Feb. 2013: Our group was just awarded a Google app engine grant for our work on Livehoods and our Twitter nudging research (see also Google blog). Thank you, Google!

Feb. 2013: CSCW2013 presentation by Hazim Almuhimedi of our joint paper Tweets Are Forever: A Large-Scale Quantitative Analysis of Deleted Tweets

January 28, 2013: Moderating Data Privacy Day Panel on Will the Mobile Web and Social Networking Mark the End of Privacy? see here too.

January 2013: CMU press release on our Mobile App Privacy work: Did Your Smartphone Flashlight Rat You Out? Crowdsourcing Privacy Concerns of Mobile Apps . A nice piece in The Red Tape Chronicles and one in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

2012

October 2012: Talk at TEDx Yale City 2.0

October 2012: Participating in CyLab Panel Discussion on Cyber Crime and Security organized in conjunction with screening of CODE 2600 documentary film

October 2012: Launching a new inter-disciplinary master’s program to train future Privacy Engineers and Privacy Technology Managers.
See CMU press release and a nice article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

September 2012: Patrick Gage Kelley (COS PhD student) defends his dissertation on Designing Privacy Notices Supporting User Understanding and Control (Thesis Committee: Lorrie Cranor, Norman Sadeh, Alessandro Acquisti and Sunny Consolvo)

September 2012: Ubicomp2012 presentation of our paper on Expectation and Purpose: Understanding Users’ Mental Models of Mobile App Privacy through Crowdsourcing (authors: J. Lin, S. Amini, J. Hong, N. Sadeh, J. Lindqvist, J. Zhang)

August 2012: Jialiu Lin (CSD PhD student) presents her thesis proposal on Understanding and Capturing People’s Mobile App Privacy Preferences (Thesis Committee: Jason Hong, Norman Sadeh, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Sunny Consolvo)

June 11, 2012: 2012 Personal Democracy Forum , Panel on “the SENSEable City”, New York

June 2012: Our Sixth International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media article on urban computing wins the best paper award – see also our livehoods website.

June 2012: The TAC-SCM competition our e-Supply Chain Management Lab launched with SICS in 2002 will be running its 10th edition in Valencia, Spain (see call for participation)

May 2012: Can We Reconcile Privacy and Usability? , Computer Science Seminar Series, HKUST.

May 2012: “Mobile Privacy: Technology and Human Considerations”, Expert Address, Hong Kong University

May 2012: Why Phish Should Not Be Treated as Spam article in Dr. Dobbs

May 2012: Our Livehoods project continues to garner media attention – e.g., see Pittsburgh Post Gazette article , CMU press release, CMU homepage , WTAE interview , Wall Street Journal blog and media coverage abroad (e.g. Heise Online , Wired.it and Haaretz)

April 2012: Our Livehoods project featured in Atlantic Cities . See also MIT review article , Fast Company article or Wired’s blog

March 2012: “Smartphone Security and Privacy: What Should We Teach our Users and How?”, FISSEA 2012, NIST

March 2012: MIT CSAIL seminar: User-Controllable Privacy: An Oxymoron?slides

February 21, 2012: Further speculation about the implications of the US Supreme Court’s ruling in US v Jones, including some comments I made on 3rd party doctrine here. See also Wall Street Journal article on FBI turns off thousands of GPS devices after Court ruling

January 23, 2012 – US Supreme Court unanimously agrees with our view that placing a GPS device under someone’s vehicle constitutes a search & that doing so without a warrant violated the defendent’s privacy. At the same time, they do not address more fundamental issues relating to expectations of privacy – See Supreme Court’s Opinion here and CDT’s statement here.

January 2012 – Wombat Security Technologies featured on CMU’s homepage

2011

December 2011 – Google Pittsburgh Seminar: ““From Today’s Android Permission System to Intelligent Security and Privacy Agents”. – see also our USEC2012 article on A Conundrum of Permissions: Installing Applications on an Android Smartphone

November 2011 – Panelist APWG’s Annual e-Crime conference, San Diego

November 2011: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette publishes my op-ed on warrantless GPS tracking – See also interview in CMU’s Piper

October – November 2011 – Joined CDT and EFF in amicus brief on warrantless GPS tracking filed with US Supreme Court (full amicus brief can be read here). See also ComputerWorld article and CMU home page coverage

October 2011 – Keynote at Pitney Bowes Mobile Day Symposium

September 2011 – Panelist at Qualcomm’s Contextual Awareness Symposium, San Diego

July 2011 – Wombat Security Technology, selected as Finalist for Tech 50 Startup of the Year award

July 2011 – “Mobile Location Privacy: Why it is Important & Challenging”, Invited lecture, Beihang University, Beijing.

June 2011 – Mobile Location Privacy: Forces at Play, Attitudes and Challenges, Expert Address, Hong Kong University

June 2011 – Wombat’s SBIR grants mentioned in the Wall Street Journal

May 2011 – Stepping down after three years as founding CEO of Wombat Security Technologies (see Wombat’s press release and also TEQ Magazine article )

April 2011 – EDUCAUSE webinar: Smartphone Privacy and Security: What Should We Teach Users?

March 2011 – Norman asks:’ Can Social Networking and Privacy be Reconciled?', CyLab Seminar

March 2011 – Michael Benisch (COS PhD student) defends his dissertation on Using Expressiveness to Improve the Efficiency of Social and Economic Mechanisms (Thesis Committee: Norman Sadeh, Tuomas Sandholm, Geoff Gordon, Craig Boutilier)

January 2011 – Norman on Data Privacy Day panel at CMU – see Pittsburgh Post Gazette article

January 2011 – Norman on “Privacy, Location and Social Networking” at Digital Privacy Forum (see also C-SPAN video)

2010

October 2010 – Locaccino featured in MIT Technology Review: Locaccino Shows How Facebook Places Should Work

October 2010 – Wombat Security Technologies secures $750,000 contract from US Air Force for Micro-Game Platform for Cyber Security Awareness (see also Coverage in Forbes.com)

September 2010 – Michael Benisch, COS Phd student co-advised by Profs. Norman Sadeh and Tuomas Sandholm awarded prestigious Siebel Scholarship

September 2010 – Norman talks to TEQ about his experience at CMU and the founding of Wombat Security Technologies

July 2010 – NSF Awards $2.7M Grant for Multi-Disciplinary Privacy Research to Acquisti, Cranor and Sadeh – see also CyLab Press Release

July 2010 – Article by Collins, Ketter and Sadeh in Summer issue of AI Magazine reflects on lessons and accomplishments of the Supply Chain Trading Agent Competition (see CMU Tech Report)

June 2010 – Patrick Gage Kelley, COS PhD student co-advised by Profs. Cranor and Sadeh wins prestigious ACM Student Research Competition

May 2010 – Norman invited to speak at Mobile Social Networking Asia

May 2010 – Norman asks ‘What Will the App Store of the Future Look Like?’ in Expert Address at Hong Kong University

May 2010 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Startup Zipano sells privacy software to control who can find you

May 2010 – Wombat Security Technologies Releases New Phyllis Anti-Phishing Training game

March 2010 – Wall Street Journal – Locaccino mentioned in ‘As Location Sharing Services Grow, Privacy Concerns Do Too’

March 2010 – “User-Controllable Security and Privacy: Lessons from the Design and Deployment of a Family of Location Sharing Applications”, Google seminar series.

February 2010 – Focused Research Awards grant professors $2 million for study

February 2010 – The New York Times – Cranor, Sadeh and Acquisti receive Google award for privacy research

2009

November 2009 – TechVibe radio interview on combating phishing

Nov. 2009 – NSF awards CMU’s Norman Sadeh and Columbia’s Steven Bellovin $1.2M to research new family of user-controllable policy learning technologies for cysber security

August 2009 – NSF awards $3M IGERT grant for doctoral program on Usable Security and Privacy

June 2009 – Expert Address in Hong Kong

May 2009 – User-Controllable Security and Privacy: Are the Expectations Realistic?.
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April 2009 – CMU Podcast on Locaccino

April 2009 – Wombat Security Technologies featured as Pennsylvania success story in NewPA

April 2009 – Wombat Security Technologies Awarded US Air Force SBIR grant

March 2009 – Where Are you Now? – Locaccino on Carnegie Mellon’s homepage

March 2009 – Wombat: The Latest CyLab Success Story – CyLab Chronicles

March 2009 – Locaccino: Track Location with Privacy, Steve Baker, The Numerati

March 2009 – Locaccino Enables the Watched to Watch the Watchers, CyBlog, Richard Power

March 2009 – The Mobile Net – Why to Worry About Privacy Regs – BusinessWeek Blogspotting, Stephen Baker

February 2009 – Now You Can Track Colleagues and Students on Your Laptop, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffrey R. Young

February 2009 – Locaccino Now Available as a Facebook App

2008

December 2008 – Our Anti-Phishing Work featured in Scientific American

Fall 2008 – Q&A with Norman Sadeh – CyLab Chronicles

August 2008 – “Selective Access and Obfuscation of Enterprise Data”,
keynote, SAP Annual North American Academic Symposium, Palo Alto.

July 2008 – CMieux team wins 2008 Supply Chain Trading Competition Procurement Challenge at AAAI 2008

June 2008 – “Capturing and Understanding People’s Privacy Preferences in a Friend Finder Application”, Workshop on Opportunistic RF Localization for Next Generation Wireless Devices, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

June 2008 – “M-Commerce: Stripping e-Retailing to its Essence”, 2008 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, June 2008

May 2008 – “Combating Phishing Attacks: A Never-ending Arms Race?”,
Expert Address, Hong Kong University, May 2008

2007

*June 2007 – “Adaptive Supply Chain Trading”, invited speaker, SAP’s Inaugural North American Academic Symposium

*April 2007 – Norman speaks at ‘Location Meets Social Networking’ event organized by the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus (see also video)

2006

*October 2006 – MyCampus project featured in mobile commerce article in Pittsburgh Post Gazette

*August 2006 – “Mobile and Pervasive Commerce: The New Frontier”, opening keynote, 8th International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC-06), Fredericton, Canada.

*June 2006 – “Ambient Intelligence: The MyCampus Experience”, keynote speaker, 14th IT21 Conference (Theme: “U-Society”), Seoul, Korea, June 2006 – see Korea IT Times article

*May 2006 -“MyCampus: Research Overview”, guest speaker, NTT DoCoMo, Yokosuka Research Park, Japan, May 2006

*April 2006 – CMieux wins Exhibition Supply Chain Trading Competition event at CS50