The ASA Differential Privacy webinar, hosted by the ASA Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality, is now online!
The Webinar, given by Daniel Kifer, Pennsylvania State University, Vishesh Karwa, Harvard University, and moderated by Aleksandra Slavkovic, Pennsylvania State University, took place on Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.
From the description:
Differential privacy is a mathematical framework for protecting privacy interests in statistical databases by focusing on the disclosure risk to an individual being included in a data set. In this webinar, two research experts explain this methodology and how they apply differential privacy methodology as a data protection method for protecting data files from the risk of re-identification. A key benefit of the Differential Privacy methodology is that in many cases, appropriate privacy protection can be achieved if random noise is properly added to the actual results. For example, rather than simply reporting the sum, the data provider can inject noise based on a distribution. The calculation of “how much” noise to inject can be made based only on knowledge of the function to be computed. This webinar [covered] the basic principles of differential privacy, how it works, and how it can successfully be applied to current statistical databases.