Ashwin Machanavajjhala to speak at AAAS Annual Meeting on Privacy and the Census

December 12, 2018


Ashwin MachanavajjhalaAshwin Machanavajjhala, Duke computer science professor and privacy expert, will speak on “Public Use Data Products and Privacy Protection: Experiences from the Front Lines” at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Currently helping the 2020 Census team modernize their data publications using differential privacy, Professor Machanavajjhala’s recent work includes “Utility-cost of Provable Privacy: A Case Study Using United States Census Data.”
Dr. John Abowd, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Research and Methodology will also share comments at the AAAS session, along with other panelists like Duke statistical science professor, Jerome Reiter; and previous Census Bureau director, Bob Groves.
Machanavajjhala will discuss:

  • How the 2020 Census will benefit from using differential privacy.
  • Why differential privacy is needed in other domains: for example, smart devices can now track nearby persons’ movements by using individual data collected.
  • The immediate and overarching need to consider how data is analyzed and shared.

 The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will take place Feb. 14-17, 2019 in Washington, D.C.