PETs for the Public Interest

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.

First workshop takes place October 21

Please see the agenda for the first workshop here.

The workshop will take place in the Seminar Room of the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering at Boston University, room MCS 157. The room is located at the East side of the MCS building (111 Cummington Mall).

Our first workshop is an invite-only event for junior academic researchers in security, cryptography, or privacy who are interested in public interest PETs. The event will focus on (1) the methods used to pursue these interdisciplinary research questions, and (2) cohort building. We will discuss how members of our community have approached research on PETs with direct application to the public interest, especially in collaboration with non-technical stakeholders. We hope that we can build stronger ties between young researchers in this area so that we can, together, make a greater impact. This event will take place at Boston University on October 21, 2022.

We have not really seen a workshop or conference format that prioritizes helpful discussions among junior researchers, so we are attempting to create it! This workshop is formatted around discussion, in contrast to more typical computer science workshops. We hope to share research methodologies, improve communication across fields, and create opportunities for collaboration.

Future workshops

In the months following the first workshop, we will run two additional workshops open to the larger community, including more senior researchers, government stakeholders, and activists. To be added to the email list to receive future updates, please contact Gabriel Kaptchuk ([email protected]).

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.