Data privacy event to draw speakers from NSA, Census

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David Ruth

Amy McCaig

Data privacy event to draw speakers from NSA, Census

HOUSTON – (Jan. 25, 2019) – Rice University will host a half-day symposium on data privacy Jan. 28 to coincide with Data Privacy Day in the United States.

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The event, hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, will include keynote speakers Deborah Frincke, director of research for the National Security Agency and Simson Garfinkel, leading computer scientist on data privacy at the U.S. Census Bureau. They will discuss the current practices, challenges and research in data privacy and protection in a world where digital information impacts every aspect of our lives.

Speakers include Marie Lynn Miranda, the Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics at Rice; Rachel Cummings, an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech; John Duchi, an assistant professor of statistics and electrical engineering at Stanford University and Dan Wallach, an professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Rice.

Topics of discussion will include computational and statistical technologies being developed to secure a digital footprint, policy changes around data privacy and the ethics of using data.

“Ultimately, we hope the symposium will offer an updated look at the more relevant data privacy issues facing us today,” said Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

What:               Rice University Symposium on Data Privacy.

When:              1-5:15 p.m. Jan. 28, 2019.

Where:             Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative.

Registration for the event is available online at

Media interested in attending the event or interviewing the Rice participants may contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or

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Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.