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Privacy Enhancing Technologies for the Public Interest

PETs for the Public Interest is a workshop series aiming to build a community of researchers and stakeholders to create Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) with positive impact on the public interest. This series of workshops is hosted by Gabriel Kaptchuk and Sarah Scheffler and is funded by a generous gift from Schmidt Futures.

Second workshop takes place March 27

We are excited to announce our second workshop coming up on March 27 at Georgetown! For this workshop, we are excited to be partnering with Georgetown's Tech & Society Week, which features interdisciplinary activities hosted at Georgetown throughout the week of March 27th. This workshop is hosted by Sarah Scheffler (Princeton University), Gabriel Kaptchuk (Boston University), and Micah Sherr (Georgetown University). Please see the agenda for the second workshop here. The workshop will take place at 500 1st St NW, on the 9th floor.

This is the second installment of an ongoing workshop series connecting policymakers and technologiests to encourage the development of thoughtful, impactful privacy enhancing technologies. The morning of the workshop will feature presentations on successful deployments of PETs by speakers including respresentatives from the Unviersity of Chicago, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, industry, and other groups. In the afternoon, participants will split into groups by topic area and engage in interactive brainstorming sessions to set a productive research, development, and deployment agenda for new PETs.

You can RSVP at this RSVP link, or, if there's someone you think we should reach out to directly, nominate them at this link.

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Future workshops

The third installment of PETs for the Public Interest will take place in summer of 2023, and will be aimed at privacy and anti-surveillance activists. To be added to the email list to receive future updates, please email Gabriel Kaptchuk at [email protected].

Past workshops

Our first workshop installment, aimed at junior academic researchers in this space, was hosted at Boston University on October 21, 2022 and was a resounding success!

Contact us

To be added to the email list to receive future updates, please contact Gabriel Kaptchuk ([email protected]).

For any other questions, feel free to contact Gabriel Kaptchuk ([email protected]) or Sarah Scheffler ([email protected]) by email.