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Deploying Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing | Privacy Engineering & Technology Education Discussion (PETed)

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-5

Join our IOPD Privacy Engineering & Technology Education Discussion (PETed) Series! The format of the webinar will be a recorded 10-minute introduction followed by a 40-minute informal discussion and interaction with members of the IOPD. The goal will be a discussion on how to solve a specific privacy problem or privacy related resource topic and the latest implementation techniques for some of the biggest challenges like synthetic data, zero-knowledge proofs, homomorphic encryption, and translucent databases.

The participants will be asked to bring questions related to the topic. Come back the fourth Thursday of every month for a new discussion, new speaker, and new insights on the most cutting-edge privacy challenges!


Date & Time:

February 22, 2024 @ 12:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CET



Deploying decentralized privacy-preserving contact tracing


Problem Statement:

Digital contact tracing systems promised to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic; but in doing so introduce privacy risks. Privacy-friendly contact tracing systems enable notification of exposed people without privacy harms.



In this webinar Wouter will talk about his experience designing a large-scale privacy-friendly digital contact tracing system that later led to the system adopted by Google and Apple, and experiences deploying such a privacy-friendly system in the wild.


Pre-Webinar Resources:



Wouter Lueks
Wouter Lueks is a tenure-track faculty member at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security in Saarbrücken, German. Before that he was a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland where he worked with Carmela Troncoso. He is interested in solving real-world problems by designing end-to-end privacy-friendly systems. To do so he combines privacy, applied cryptography, and systems research. His work has real-world impact. For instance, his designs for privacy-friendly contact tracing have been deployed in millions of phones around the world, and his secure document search system is being deployed by a large organisation for investigative journalists.



Andrei Dumitru

After working more than ten years in the IT department of an International Organization, I focused in the last years on privacy and data protection. I think privacy is a fundamental right that cannot exist today without computer security so I am always searching to find a balance between both and see how privacy can be embedded into technology. I am particularly interested in privacy by design and dark patterns, and always curious to see how privacy is integrated (or not) in current products and services.


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February 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-5
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