The seminar explores key facets of the concept of privacy. Questions that will be considered include the following: What is the history and origin of the concept of privacy? What are approaches to define and conceptualize privacy? What is the value of privacy seen from different perspectives such as economics and human rights? How is privacy currently regulated in different geographical regions (U.S., Europe, Germany), and across different business sectors? How do consumer express their desire for privacy and how do they act to protect or divulge personal information? How is privacy discussed in public, and by various stakeholders (e.g., companies)? What is the relationship of privacy to other important topics including identity, anonymity, and security? What technologies exist to protect and manage privacy, how do they work, and what do we know about their effectiveness? To address these questions a mix of theoretical, practice-oriented and policy literature and case examples will be used and evaluated by seminar participants.
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The seminar explores the nascent and growing field of the economics of privacy and security. Many security failures have economic causes. Systems are vulnerable when their defenders do not have sufficient incentives to invest in security technologies, for example, because they do not suffer the full consequences of their actions. At the same time, users’ personal and financial information has played a critical role in the monetization of attacks. But personal information has also become a commercial good for legitimate companies. Data is collected for countless purposes. Targeted advertisements, personalization, price discrimination as well as the creation and sale of background reports are enabled by the automated wholesale accumulation of users’ trail online and offline. In this seminar, we will investigate the economic incentives for security attacks and appropriate security defenses. A further objective is a better understanding of the current and future marketplace for personal information and the behavioral foundations of user privacy. We will discuss methods from the economic and behavioral sciences to contribute to a rigorous comprehension of the challenges and solution approaches for current privacy and security challenges.
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Cybercriminal activities as well as other undesirable or malicious activities have increased in prevalence over the last decade. At the same time, the efforts and capabilities of industrial and academic researchers to understand these phenomena have made significant improvements. In this seminar, we will discuss a range of recent data-driven studies focusing, for example, on Spear-Phishing, Ransomware, Cybercriminal Marketplaces, Online Fraud etc., but also other challenges of societal interest such as Cyber-Bullying and Fake News. Each participant of the seminar will deeply engage with a key study to understand its focus, methodology, (data) limitations, and achievements. It is further expected to understand each work in the context of related studies, e.g., from security industry research labs. Participants of the seminar are expected to build on the literature to develop research objectives for further study.
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Weekly group meeting of the Chair of Cyber Trust for members and guests of the chair. The seminar includes research discussions and talks about topics related to the activities of the chair.