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Keeping Secrets: Privacy and Security online

Keeping Secrets: Privacy and Security online

With our increasing reliance on electronic communication and the rapid growth of social media, how do we maintain privacy and protect ourselves? Privacy is ultimately connected to security which provides a means to protect our information from unauthorised access, modification or criminal use. But systems must be secure and security itself cannot be guaranteed.

With our increasing reliance on electronic communication and the rapid growth of social media, how do we maintain privacy and protect ourselves?

Privacy is ultimately connected to security which provides a means to protect our information from unauthorised access, modification or criminal use. But systems must be secure and security itself cannot be guaranteed.

In the 2014 Gibbons Public Lecture series held at the University of Auckland, four leading researchers discuss New Zealanders’ attitudes to issues of privacy and security, security in mobile devices and public key cryptography and its application in information security. The final lecture in the series discusses the surprising ways in which the human mind deals with computer security - the bugs in the ‘wetware’.

Lead speaker Professor Miriam Lips, Professor of e-Government at Victoria University and Member of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum (www.nzdatafutures.org.nz), explores how and to what extent different groups of New Zealanders are disclosing and protecting personal information in online relationships including with the private sector, government and family and friends. The meaning of privacy for people from different age groups, ethnicities, educational backgrounds and income groups will be discussed against the backdrop of new privacy challenges and risks emerging from the use of ‘Big Data’.

The Gibbons Public Lecture series is held annually and open to the public. Entry is free. Lectures in this series are streamed live.

For more information go to: https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/gibbons_lectures/#next

Schedule

May 1: What does Privacy mean to New Zealanders in the Internet Age?
Professor Miriam Lips, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

May 8: Security in Mobile Devices
Dr Giovanni Russello, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

May 15: Public Key Cryptography: Computation, Cash and John Nash
Associate Professor Steven Galbraith, Department of Mathematics, University of Auckland

May 22: The Psychology of Computer Insecurity
Dr Peter Gutmann, Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

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