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  • CS Colloquium: Paul Schmitt (USC ISI) - Networked Systems for a Modern, Private Internet

    Mon, Apr 04, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Paul Schmitt, USC ISI

    Talk Title: Networked Systems for a Modern, Private Internet

    Abstract: Users expect that the networks and protocols they use protect their privacy. Unfortunately, many ubiquitous legacy systems have significant privacy flaws. Network operators face a different challenge: widespread adoption of encryption, while a clear benefit to users, reduces operator visibility into traffic flowing through their networks. In this talk, I discuss networked systems to enhance user privacy and systems and techniques for privacy-preserving network traffic analysis. I describe my research that leverages key architectural points of decoupling to enhance privacy in the global DNS ecosystem and in mobile networks. I then discuss systems I have built for privacy-preserving network analysis for use by network operators to gain insight into network usage and performance, all without breaking encryption.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    Biography: Paul Schmitt is a research computer scientist at ISI. His research areas include networked systems, privacy, network traffic inference and analysis, and scalable Internet measurement. His work takes a dirty-slate approach to networked systems research, allowing for compatibility and immediate deployability in current environments. He previously received his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in 2017 and was an associate research scholar at Princeton University.

    Host: John Heidemann

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Cherie Carter


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