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The invisible trail: Pervasive tracking in a connected age


Is your web browsing being invisibly tracked? Is your smartphone camera watching you? As our world becomes more computerized and interconnected, we find ourselves increasingly at risk of security breaches and invasions of digital privacy.

Recent UW studies explore how advertisers, social media sites, and others track your browsing, and how smartphone applications are able to access your camera, location, and other sensitive information in ways you might not expect. Learn about improved systems, currently being developed at the UW, that can make your Web browsing safer and your smart phone better match your expectations.

When:   Wed. Oct. 7, 2015; 7:30 p.m.
Where:   Kane Hall, Room 130 
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105 
Cost:   Free, but advance registration is required.

Department of Computer Science & Engineering assistant professor Franziska Roesner’s research focuses on computer security and privacy. She’s an expert on third-party Web tracking, permission granting in modern operating systems (such as smartphones), secure embedded user interfaces, and most recently, augmented reality platforms.

From online shopping and “smart” devices to driverless cars and personal robots, technology continues to improve our lives in extraordinary ways. These same technologies leave a trail sharing who we are, where we go and what we consume. Robots to Web Trackers: Privacy in the Age of Smart Technology examines the opportunities and hazards of our ever-more connected modern world. See all lectures.

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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