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Archives for 2019

Watching You Watch: The Tracking Ecosystem of Over-the-Top TV Streaming Devices

By Hooman Mohajeri Moghaddam, Gunes Acar, Ben Burgess, Arunesh Mathur, Danny Y. Huang, Nick Feamster, Ed Felten, Prateek Mittal, and Arvind Narayanan By 2020 one third of US households are estimated to “cut the cord”, i.e., discontinue their multichannel TV subscriptions and switch to internet-connected streaming services. Over-the-Top (“OTT”) streaming devices such as Roku and […]

Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

By Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan. Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record […]

Should we regulate the makers or users of insecure IoTs?

By Matheus V. X. Ferreira, Danny Yuxing Huang, Tithi Chattopadhyay, Nick Feamster, and S. Matthew Weinberg Recent years have seen a proliferation of “smart-home” or IoT devices, many of which are known to contain security vulnerabilities that have been exploited to launch high-profile attacks and disrupt Internet-wide services such as Twitter and Reddit.  The sellers […]

Is This An Ad? Help Us Identify Misleading Content On YouTube

by Michael Swart, Arunesh Mathur, and Marshini Chetty Ever watched a video on YouTube and wondered if the YouTuber was paid for endorsing a product? You are not alone. In fact, Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut recently called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into deceptive practices where YouTubers do not disclose that they […]

Conference on Social Protection by Artificial Intelligence: Decoding Human Rights in a Digital Age

Christiaan van Veen[1] and Ben Zevenbergen [2] Governments around the world are increasingly using Artificial Intelligence and other digital technologies to streamline and transform their social protection and welfare systems. This move is usually presented as a means by which to provide an improved and enhanced system and to be better able to assist individuals […]