CAE Forum: Security Analysis of Facebook's Political AD Library and Secure Cloud Assisted Smart Cars

Posted on 11/6/19 9:23 AM

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CAE Forum presentations are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month during the fall and spring semesters.

Topic: A Security Analysis of Facebook’s Political Ad Library

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 1:10–1:50 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom Meeting

Audience: Students, professors, government

Presenter(s): Laura Edelson, New York University

Description: Online advertising plays an increasingly important role in political elections. As part of the 2016 U.S. national elections, there were a number of controversies regarding an ad-driven propaganda campaign to influence elections and privacy violations. In response to these controversies, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have all created policies and implemented products to make transparent and archive U.S. political advertisements that have run on their platforms. We present a security review of Facebook's Ad Library and political ad disclosure efforts. Laura Edelson is a Ph.D. candidate and Research Assistant at NYU. Laura has returned to academia after a successful career as a software engineer in the financial and data analysis sectors because she came to question the impact that big data and machine learning, and her work, in particular, had on society at large. She worked as a software engineer in the financial and data analysis sectors for 15 years at Palantir, Factset, and NYFIX.


Topic: Secure Cloud Assisted Smart Cars

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 2:00–2:40 p.m. EST

Location: Zoom Meeting

Audience: Students, professors, government

Presenter(s): Maanak Gupta, Tennessee Tech

Description: Smart cars are among the essential components and major drivers of future cities and connected world. The interaction among connected entities in this vehicular internet of things domain, which also involves smart traffic infrastructure, restaurant beacons, emergency vehicles, etc., will offer many real-time service applications and provide safer and more pleasant driving experience to consumers. Security and privacy are big concerns that deter the adoption of smart cars, which if not properly addressed will have grave implications with risk to human life and limb. In this talk, Gupta will first highlight the access control needs in smart cars ecosystem and present an access controloriented architecture. Furthermore, he will discuss the proposed dynamic groups and attribute-based access control model for smart cars ecosystem, which considers both system wide attributes-based security policies and individual user privacy preferences for allowing or denying service notifications, alerts and operations to on-board resources. In the end, Gupta will briefly discuss a proof of concept implementation in AWS IoT cloud platform 

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