Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016, 12:43 pm
As an increasing number of devices — from cars to light bulbs to kitchen appliances — connect with computer networks, experts are raising concerns about privacy and security. To address these concerns, an organization of academics and industry leaders recently released a report that provides guidance on how to build security and privacy protections into the emerging internet of things (IoT). Nick Feamster, a computer science professor at Princeton University, the acting director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, and a panelist at the Fung Forum, is one of the report's lead editors.
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016, 12:31 pm
On Wednesday, December 7 at 12:00pm EST, tweet @lemos_ronaldo questions about his work on technology, intellectual property and culture, using the hashtag #PrincetonFung. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil da Internet, a law enacted in 2014 regulating the internet in Brazil, protecting civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. Lemos is a panelist at the upcoming Princeton-Fung Global Forum.
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016, 9:49 am
Facebook — which has been raked over the coals for allowing the dissemination of fake news stories about the 2016 election — is now taking a hard and careful look at what role it may have played among American voters. Some say the election results illustrate a social media “echo chamber,” in which users gather news and information primarily from friends with shared interests. What are the effects of these echo chambers and silos? Katherine Haenschen, a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, answers these questions in the Q&A that follows.
Friday, Nov 18, 2016, 9:47 pm
The premise of Princeton University sociologist Matthew Salganik's forthcoming book, "Bit by Bit: Social Science in the Digital Age," is that technological innovation creates new opportunities for social science researchers.
Friday, Nov 11, 2016, 12:09 pm
Twitter experienced a global distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in October, causing the social media site to temporarily go dark. Hackers have attempted similar DDoS attacks with Hillary Clinton and President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign websites. What makes these attacks so alarming, and how can they be stopped? In this Q&A, Princeton University’s David Dobkin describes the details behind DDoS attacks and how consumers can better protect themselves against such cyber threats.
Friday, Nov 4, 2016, 9:55 am
Torrents of information flow through computer data centers, driving the operations of financial markets, communications systems, commerce and just about any complex web-based activity. Much of modern society is built on these invisible networks but the infrastructure that routes the rivers of data between racks upon racks of computers can be cumbersome and inflexible. Researchers including scientists from Princeton University have developed a system that greatly simplifies the task of managing the software switches used to control traffic across a network.
Monday, Oct 31, 2016, 2:21 pm
Malicious websites promoting scams, distributing malware and collecting phished credentials pervade the web. As quickly as we block or blacklist them, criminals set up new domain names to support their activities. Now a research team including Princeton University computer science professor Nick Feamster and recently graduated Ph.D. student Shuang Hao has developed a technique to make it more difficult to register new domains for nefarious purposes.
Monday, Oct 24, 2016, 2:41 pm
In 2008, Andrew Appel ’81 tampered with an electronic voting machine, changing 20 percent of the votes it had registered from one candidate to the other. His “crime”—court-ordered in his role as an expert witness in a New Jersey lawsuit—captured the attention of the media and voters. Politico called him “part of a diligent corps of so-called cyber-academics—professors who have spent the past decade serving their country by relentlessly hacking it,” in a story that focused on several Princeton computer scientists.
Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy Recently Held a Conference on Security and Privacy for the Internet of Things (IoT)
Friday, Oct 21, 2016, 4:01 pm
The Internet of Things (IoT) presents opportunities for innovation ranging from smart homes to smart cities. Yet, many IoT devices ship with security flaws that put citizens and consumers at risk and create broader security and privacy issues. In some cases, for example, IoT vendors have stopped supporting the devices entirely, resulting in malfunctioning IoT devices. Additionally, the proliferation of IoT devices allows device vendors to collect—and potentially share— data about consumers. Solutions to these emerging security, privacy, and robustness challenges around IoT will require perspectives, input, and collaboration from technologists and policymakers.
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016, 12:16 pm
Princeton computer scientists Ariel J. Feldman, J. Alex Halderman successfully hacking a Diebold (now Premier) electronic voting machine.