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What and Who
Title:Privacy, Transparency and Trust in the User-Centric Internet
Speaker:Oana Goga
coming from:Université Grenoble Alpes
Speakers Bio:Oana Goga is a tenured CNRS research scientist in the Laboratoire d’Informatique Grenoble (France) since October 2017. Prior to

this, she was a postdoc at the Max Plank Institute for Software Systems and obtained a PhD in 2014 from Pierre et Marie Curie
University in Paris. She is the recipient of a young researcher award from the French National Research Agency (ANR). Her research
interests are in security and privacy issues that arise in online systems that have at their core user provided data. Her recent work
on security and privacy issues in social media advertising led to changes in the Facebook advertising platform. 

Event Type:SWS Colloquium
Visibility:SWS, RG1, MMCI
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Level:AG Audience
Language:English
Date, Time and Location
Date:Thursday, 7 March 2019
Time:10:30
Duration:90 Minutes
Location:Saarbrücken
Building:E1 5
Room:029
Abstract
The rise of user-centric Internet systems such as Facebook or Twitter brought security and privacy threats that became out of control in
recent years. To make such systems more dependable, my research focuses on three key aspects: (1) privacy: ensure users understand
and can control the information that is disclosed about them; (2) transparency: ensure users understand how their data is being used
and how it affects the services they receive; and (3) trust: ensure users can evaluate the trustworthiness of content consumed from these
systems. 

In this talk, I will share my research efforts in understanding and tackling security and privacy threats in social media targeted advertising.
Despite a number of recent controversies regarding privacy violations, lack of transparency, or vulnerability to discrimination or propaganda
by dishonest actors; users still have little understanding of what data targeted advertising platforms have about them and why they are
shown the ads they see. To address such concerns, Facebook recently introduced the “Why am I seeing this?” button that provides users
with an explanation of why they were shown a particular ad. I first investigate the level of transparency provided by this mechanism by
empirically measuring whether it satisfies a number of key properties and what are the consequences of the current design choices.
To provide a better understanding of the Facebook advertising ecosystem, we developed a tool called AdAnalyst that collects the ads
users receive and provides aggregate statistics. I will then share our findings from analyzing data from over 600 real-world AdAnalyst
users; in particular on who is advertising on Facebook and how these advertisers are targeting users and customizing ads via the platform. 
Contact
Name(s):Annika Meiser
Phone:93039105
EMail:--email address not disclosed on the web
Video Broadcast
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