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Web-Based Inference Control

Date & Time:
September 27, 2012 | 11:30 am
Fifth Avenue Place, West Tower, 4 Ave and 2 St SW
Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini

Published documents when combined with public knowledge result in inferences that may not be desirable. We will give an overview of a web inference system where the public knowledge that is encapsulated in the web is used to infer protected knowledge. For example it can be used to re-identify an anonymized document or leak sensitive knowledge that has been removed from a document. Web inference can also be used in support of securing redaction systems by finding inferences that can be made from a (redacted) document, before publishing it.


Dr. Rei Safavi-Naini is the AITF Strategic Chair in Information Security, University of Calgary. Before joining University of Calgary in 2007, Rei Safavi-Naini was a Professor of Computer Science, and the Director of the Telecommunication and Information Technology Research Institute and the Centre for Information Security at the University of Wollongong in Australia. She has served on the program committee of major conferences in cryptology and information security including Crypto, Eurocrypt and Asiacrypt and has worked on numerous industry collaborative research projects. Currently, she is director of the iCORE Information Security Lab (ICIS). She holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (coding theory) from University of Waterloo, and her current research interest include information theoretic security, provable security, network security, digital and privacy rights management, and multimedia security.


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