WI-PI : Wisconsin Privacy and Security Group

Mission: Bringing Privacy Back to the People

Making the users of online systems "privacy-aware" is a long-standing challenge. Ideally, users should be able to understand online privacy practices and have access to usable privacy settings that control the granularity of the data collected about them. However, current privacy policies and settings of online applications are often hard to comprehend by an average user, are unreachable, and lack effective controls over the collection and release of user data. As a result, users are unlikely to be aware of privacy risks and are incapable of exercising informed control when interacting with websites, apps, devices, and services. Our research objective is to bring privacy protection to the masses by designing, implementing, evaluating, and deploying effective and practical mechanisms that target real-world privacy threats. In particular, our research investigates two central research questions: How can we design more intuitive interfaces that automatically present privacy notices and control to the users? Moreover, how to develop privacy controls that satisfy theoretical privacy guarantees for the release of users' data?

Projects related to making online privacy more usable

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Design of practical systems for enhancing the privacy of emerging technology users

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Research on how to make roads safer for pedestrians

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Theoretical projects in defenses to adversarial attacks on machine learning systems

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Kassem Fawaz

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Amrita Roy Chowdhury

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Asmit Nayak

Undergraduate, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Harrison Rosenberg

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Jingjie Li

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Brian Tang

Undergraduate, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Rishabh Khandelwal

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Shimaa Ahmed

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Varun Chandrasekaran

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Yucheng Yang

Ph.D. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Yue Gao

M.S. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Matthew Wallace

M.S. Student, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Yao Yao

Undergraduate, University of Wisconsin—Madison

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Contact

  • wipi@ece.wisc.edu
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison Wisconsin