Differential Privacy Meets Multi-Party Computation (DPMPC) Workshop

Monday & Tuesday, June 4 – 5, 2018
Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering
610 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

Multi Party Secure Computation (MPC) protocols originating with work in the eighties enable multiple parties to run joint computations on their individual secret inputs so that nothing except for the output of the computation is revealed to each other, in the presence of various adversarial models. MPC are particularly relevant today when the data necessary to make discoveries often involves massive data sets that are held by different parties – where these parties need to keep their data private due to regulation, or wish to monetize their data rather than share it freely. Differential Private (DP) algorithms address the problem of how to analyze data in a privacy-preserving manner. Here the question is how to query a database of sensitive information, so that individual entries are not exposed and yet meaningful and robust data analysis can be performed.

Both MPC and DP address related but different privacy concerns. Where one technology applies the other one may not, and sometime both technologies should be used to gain the security necessary. This workshop is dedicated to understanding both technologies, when they apply, and what is the possible synergy between them.

Shafi Goldwasser (MIT, Berkeley, Weizmann),  Ran Canetti (BU, TAU)

Online registration is requested (registration is free).


Monday, June 4

8:30 am – 9:15 am  Breakfast
9:15 am – 9:30 am Opening Remarks
9:30 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 11:50 am

11:50 am – 12:05 pm

12:05 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Panel: DP and MPC in the eyes of the law
Panelists: Ahmed Ghappour (BU Law), Paul Ohm (Georgetown Law),  Salil Vadhan (Harvard), Ran Canetti (BU)
Moderator: Shafi Goldwasser
Panel recording
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

3:45 pm – 4:25 pm

4:25 pm – 4:55 pm

Tuesday, June 5

8:30 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:45 am

9:45 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Local Arrangements
Boston University is offering shared suites with a private bedroom and a shared bathroom at 10 Buick Street. The cost is $90 per person, per night,  available from June 3 through the night of June 6. For more information, visit the Event Accommodations website.

Complimentary parking is available for those who will be driving. Please contact Katherine D’Angelo at, and include your first and last name and what days you will be needing parking. The deadline to request a parking pass is Friday, June 1st at 3:00 pm.

Event Sponsors:Sloan-Logo-primary-blac-web

Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation is a not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports high quality, impartial scientific research; fosters a robust, diverse scientific workforce; strengthens public understanding and engagement with science; and promotes the health of the institutions of scientific endeavor.


The Modular Approach to Cloud Security (MACS) project is a $10 million five-year National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program Frontier grant awarded to Boston University in 2014. MACS is one of two new center-scale “Frontier” awards to support large, multi-institution projects that address grand challenges in cybersecurity science and engineering with the potential for broad economic and scientific impact.


For more information, please contact Ran Canetti, Professor of Computer Science & Director of Center of Reliable Information System and Cyber Security, at