The Future of Privacy and Data in Wartime


7 March 2022
From 17:30 to 19:00


Rolex Learning Centre
EPFL – 1015 Ecublens



About the event

Personal data are often misused and are the object of all kinds of commercial pressures. Recent developments in Ukraine also shown that personal data can serve military and strategic interests through the extraction of strategic information and geolocation, as well as is vital for the survival of civilians caught up in armed conflicts.

During a special discussion with Carmela Troncoso, EPFL professor working on privacy-preserving systems and Chesea Manning, former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense and currently hardware optimization and security advisor at Nym Technologies, will discuss about the future of data and explore how civilians and journalists can continue to safely communicate in war zones.


17:00: doors open

17:30: Panel discussion

19:00: Cocktail

21:00: End of the event


Chelsea Manning

Chelsea E. Manning is a technologist and network security expert whose actions showed the world that the conscience of individuals can make urgent change through bravery and determination. She speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is a vocal advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights as @xychelsea on Twitter and through her op-ed columns for The Guardian and The New York Times.

Carmela Troncoso

Carmela González Troncoso is a Spanish telecommunication engineer and researcher specialized in privacy issues, and a LGBT+ activist. She is currently a tenure track assistant professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and the head of the SPRING lab (Security and Privacy Engineering Laboratory). Troncoso gained recognition for her leadership of the European team developing the DP-3T protocol that aims at the creation of an application to facilitate the tracing of COVID-19 infected persons without compromising on the privacy of citizens.


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