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Privacy is Dead: Meta-Data Designed to Protect and Serve

Release Date:
9/20/2013 11:59 PM

Jibey Asthappan, features Jibey Asthappan


The Friends of the UNH Library will host a presentation by Dr. Jibey Asthappan on recent revelations that the NSA conducts surveillance on most Americans, if not the world. Although it has long been suspected that privacy is dead, new details have exposed the extent of that surveillance. Records of web browsing, phone calls, video/typed chats and social media data, including affiliations, photos, and contacts represent the bulk of what creates “meta-data.” This data is enormously revealing of any individual, a community, or an entire population. Using statistical analysis, meta-data can and is likely being used to predict future behaviors and events. This presentation will discuss methods used to forecast using meta-data, the application of this data in protecting and serving a population, and the pitfalls of accumulating and analyzing meta-data. This event is free.


Dr. Jibey Asthappan is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice who focuses on cyber crime and security.  His courses include Network Security, Practical Issues in Cryptography, and Statistics.  Dr. Asthappan's research includes policy analysis and forensic computer investigations in the form of data recovery on local and network structures.  His teaching method utilizes hands-on experience to emphasize and foster life-long learning.


Monday, November 11, 4pm.


Marvin K. Peterson Library, upper level.

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