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CYD Campus Conference – Privacy-enhancing Technologies


Wednesday, 04 November 2020, 8:30am
Wednesday, 04 November 2020, 4:30pm

SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne

Registration Chair:    Monia Khelifi (

Program Chair:           Mathias Humbert (

We have entered a digital era where more data is available than ever. In combination with new technologies and methods to store, access and process data, large data sets have become important and invaluable assets. On the one hand, the availability and usage of big data sets can enhance various domains of people’s lives, from urban planning to better prevention of severe diseases. On the other hand, technology enables novel forms of surveillance and tracking, as well as possibilities of discrimination of individuals. In addition to these rather obvious use cases, data sets about the online behavior of individuals in combination with novel methods to extract information have been successfully used for marketing purposes or even for political opinion formation. If data is the new oil, privacy erosion is its global warming effect, its most worrying negative consequence. Like global warming, privacy is quietly but steadily eroding and, as of today, it seems impossible to apprehend its evolution and long-term consequences.

Examples of this privacy erosion are numerous: credentials of billions of e-mail addresses available online, the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal, the massive surveillance by intelligence agencies through the Internet backbone or web service providers, information leakage in mobile applications or wearables, and re-identification of genomic databases. Recent attacks demonstrate that data leakage affects everyone, from the soldier to the politician and citizen. In order to improve the current situation, we must highlight the importance of privacy for our democratic societies, and raise awareness about the ongoing privacy erosion.  Researchers, practitioners, legal scholars need to inform the public and make the layman aware of the risks of information (over-)sharing. Finally, it is also our responsibility to put in place the defenses for improving the current situation and preventing future privacy breaches. With this conference, our goal is to provide a platform to discuss the most pressing issues in privacy and to learn more about the technologies that will help enhance privacy in the future.

The Cyber-Defence Campus cordially invites all stakeholders to its Conference on Privacy-Enhancing Technologies taking place on 9 November 2020 in the SwissTech Convention Center Lausanne. Speakers at the conference will be drawn internationally from academia, industry and the government.

The CYD Campus further invites stakeholders to submit their ideas for demonstrations and posters relevant to the conference theme. We will offer space for all actors from the privacy community to showcase their ideas and solutions. All demo and poster proposals can be sent to until 17th Semptember, 2020. A fee of 2‘000 Swiss Francs will be charged for all industrial demonstrations. All demonstrations from academics and government are free of charge.

08.30    Registration open

09.00    Welcome

09.15    Prof. Claudia Diaz, KU Leuven 

10.00    Coffee Break

10.30    Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Kudelski Security, Teserakt

11.15    Dr. Fabio Ricciato, European Commission (to be confirmed)

12.00    Lunch with demo/poster session

13.30    Prof. Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich

14.15    Prof. Dimitar Jetchev, Inpher

15.00    Coffee Break

15.30    Prof. Carmela Troncoso, EPFL Lausanne

16.15    Dr. Daniel Seiler, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

17.00    Wrap-up

armasuisse Science and Technology
Cyber-Defence Campus
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun