HotPETS 2014

7th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs 2014)
Held in conjunction with the 14th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
July 18, 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands


9:00 Opening Remarks

9:10 Session 1: Anonymous Communications (Chair: Carmela Troncoso)
10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 HotPETs Keynote Address (Chair: George Danezis)
12:15 Lunch

13:45 Session 2: Law and Policy (Chair: Jens Grossklags)
14:45 Coffee Break

15:15 Session 3: Privacy Measurement (Chair: Aaron Johnson)
16:15 Ice Cream Break

16:45 Session 4: Miscellaneous (Chair: Konstantinos Chatzikokolakis)
17:45 Closing Remarks

HotPETs Keynote Address

William Binney (Former NSA Official): The Surveillance State

Abstract: I will discuss the evolution of electronic surveillance to include efforts by the US administration to first keep their surveillance secret and then over time attempt to manipulate the congress to pass laws to make what they were doing legal. And, I will give an outline of data acquisition, processing and analysis plus suggest some things to do to help secure communications, and, discuss the difficulty of whistle blowing in the surveillance environment.

Bio: Between 2001 and mid 2007, Mr. Binney was a consultant on analysis and analytic techniques to various agencies of the US government intelligence community - NSA, CIA, NRO and Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security. From 1970 to 2001, Mr. Binney was a civilian employee of NSA. At NSA, Mr. Binney held numerous positions: Technical Director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis, Operations Directorate Analysis Skill field leader, member of the NSA Senior Technical Review Panel, Chair of the Technical Advisory Panel to the Foreign Relations Council, co-founder of the Sigint Automation Research Center, an agency representative to the National Technology Alliance Executive Board, and Technical Director of the Office of Russia as well as a leading analyst for warning for over 20 years.

Over the years, Mr. Binney applied mathematical discipline to collection, analysis and reporting. In the process, he was able to structure analysis and transform it into a definable discipline, making it possible to code and automatically execute functions without human intervention from the point of collection to the end product. The successful automation of analysis formed the foundation for prototype developments in the SIGINT Automation Research Center; demonstrated how to handle massive amounts of data effectively and relate results to military and other customers; and, formed the basis for organizing an international coalition of countries to develop and share technology advances.

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The ambition of the Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs) is to foster new ideas, spirited debates, as well as controversial perspectives on privacy (and lack thereof).

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The HotPETs Workshop has no official proceedings. Selected papers will not be included in PETS proceedings, not to preclude later publication of a full paper in other venues. If needed, authors may request workshop co-chairs to contact organizers of other venues to clarify the nature of HotPETs publications.

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