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Sharon Goldberg Analyzes NSA “Traffic Shaping” Loophole

As the modern internet continues to grow with a fluidity that overlooks geopolitical borders, more and more attention is being paid to government surveillance tactics. Hariri Institute Fellow and Boston University associate professor of computer science Sharon Goldberg tackles this evolving challenge in her white paper, “Surveillance without Borders: The ‘Traffic Shaping’ Loophole and Why It Matters,” published through The Century Foundation (TCF).

Institute Affiliates Receive Faculty Promotions

Of the 21 Charles River Campus faculty who recently received promotions, three are affiliates of the Hariri Institute for Computing. Taylor Boas (Political Science, CAS) and Jacob Groshek (Emerging Media Studies, COM) have both been promoted to the rank of associate professor, while Betty Anderson (History, CAS) earned full professor status.

JFF Dan Li Leads Study on City Climate Change

Junior Faculty Fellow Dan Li, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, is paving the way for study on urban heat islands as important indicators of climate change. As BU Today reports, Li, along with undergraduate Yaofeng Gu (CAS ’17), a student in the Undergraduate Research Opporunities Program (UROP), are testing a new system that will include urban areas in climate change.

Institute Director Honored with BU’s Highest Faculty Recognition

Hariri Institute Founding Director, Azer Bestavros, has been appointed a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, the highest recognition that BU bestows on faculty members. Bestavros and fellow appointee, Bonnie Costello (Professor of English, CAS), join 11 other BU faculty members who hold this title. The honor is a testament to Bestavros’ service to the University through his many teaching, research, and scholarship achievements.

RISCS Co-Director Wins Award for Secure Multi-Party Computing Platform

Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS), Mayank Varia, has been awarded “Best Talk” at the University of Bristol’s Theory and Practice of Multi-Party Computation Workshops. The workshop took place April 3rd-7th at the University of Bristol’s campus in Bristol, England. Varia’s talk, “Design and Deployment of Usable, Scalable, MPC” focused on his work with Hariri Institute faculty and partners at UMass to develop a multi-party computing (MPC) platform that aggregates data input by Boston employers and looks at the pay-gap between their female and male employees.