Winner of 2013 PET Award recognized for the development of "Anonymouth"
TORONTO, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's Information and Privacy
Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, presented the 2013 Award for
Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) Award via
video yesterday at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Dr. Cavoukian and Microsoft co-sponsor of the award, which was created
in 2003 to encourage the development of technology to protect privacy,
rather than to threaten it. The winners are selected by a global panel
of leading technology researchers.
The winning paper "Adversarial Stylometry: Circumventing Authorship Recognition to Preserve
Privacy and Anonymity" is based on research conducted by Sadia Afroz, Michael Brennan, and
Rachel Greenstadt. The paper examined methods for defeating stylometry
which has recently been revolutionized online with advances in computer
algorithms. The privacy concern which arise from stylometry is that it
can be used to reliably link anonymous or pseudonymous text to
identifiable individuals. In order to lessen these risks, the authors
developed software called "Anonymouth" that assists users by suggesting
modifications to their text defeat stylometry.
"It is with great pleasure that I applaud the work of these
highly-skilled innovators who have responded to a significant threat to
privacy with an amazing solution offering greater online anonymity."
Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
"Microsoft is pleased to sponsor the Award for Outstanding Research in
Privacy Enhancing Technologies. The privacy community's
ground-breaking research helps build greater trust in technology."
Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
For more information about the privacy technology awards, please visit http://petsymposium.org/award/.
About the Information and Privacy Commissioner
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by and reports to
the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government
of the day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access
and privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the Personal Health Information Protection Act, which applies to both public and private sector health information
custodians. A vital component of the Commissioner's mandate is to help
educate the public about access and privacy issues.
SOURCE: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
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