Vitaly Shmatikov - A Short Course on Privacy Technologies

This mini-course will survey the current state of privacy technologies. The first part will focus on data privacy, including issues such as anonymization and re-identification, Web tracking, and the economics of privacy. The second part will focus on communication privacy and discuss the failures and successes of various technologies for anonymous, censorship-resistant, unobservable networking.


  • Myths and Fallacies of "Personally Identifiable Information (pdf).
  • The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets (pdf).
  • Third-Party Web Tracking: Policy and Technology (pdf).
  • Tor: The Second-Generation Onion Router (pdf).
  • Users Get Routed: Traffic Correlation on Tor by Realistic Adversaries (pdf).
  • The Parrot is Dead: Observing Unobservable Network Communications (pdf).