EECS500 Fall 2013 Department Seminar

Balachander Krishnamurthy
Internet privacy: Towards more transparency
AT&T Labs--Research
White Bldg., Room 411
11:30am - 12:30pm
November 14, 2013

Internet privacy has become a hot topic recently with the radical growth of Online Social Networks (OSN) and attendant publicity about various leakages. For the last several years we have been examining aggregation of user's information by a steadily decreasing number of entities as unrelated Web sites are browsed. I will present results from several studies on leakage of personally identifiable information (PII) via Online Social Networks and popular non-OSN sites. Linkage of information gleaned from different sources presents a challenging problem to technologists, privacy advocates, government agencies, and the multi-billion dollar online advertising industry. Economics might hold the key in increasing transparency of the largely hidden exchange of data in return for access of so-called free services. I will also talk briefly about doing privacy research at scale.


Balachander Krishnamurthy is a member of technical staff at AT&T Labs--Research. His focus of research of is in the areas of Internet privacy, Online Social Networks, and Internet measurements. He has authored and edited ten books, published 100 technical papers, holds forty five patents, and has given invited talks in thirty five countries.


He co-founded the successful Internet Measurement Conference and in 2013 the Conference on Online Social Networks (http://cosn.acm.org). He has been on the thesis committee of several PhD students, collaborated with over seventy five researchers worldwide, and given tutorials at several industrial sites and conferences.

His most recent book "Internet Measurements: Infrastructure, Traffic and Applications" (525pp, Wiley, with Mark Crovella), was published in July 2006 and is the first book focusing on Internet Measurement. His previous book 'Web Protocols and Practice: HTTP/1.1, Networking Protocols, Caching, and Traffic Measurement‘ (672 pp, Addison-Wesley, with Jennifer Rexford) is the first in-depth book on the technology underlying the World Wide Web, and has been translated into Portuguese, Japanese,  Russian, and Chinese. Bala is homepageless and not on any OSN but many of his papers can be found at