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Online Privacy

By Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru   |   IIIT Hyderabad
Learners enrolled: 971
With increase in the usage of the Internet, there has been an exponential increase in the use of online platforms, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Koo, Tinder), e-commerce (Amazon, Flipkart), gaming (Roblox), video streaming (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Twitch), and messaging (WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram) services. These platforms have changed our way of living, and information that we share with or consume from these platforms. However, widely used, there is a lack of understanding of privacy on these online platforms. Popularity of study of Online privacy as a topic of study is very recent. Online Privacy needs to be investigated, studied and characterized from various perspectives (computational, cultural, psychological, theoretical, etc.). It is critical to understand the threats and defend privacy through real-time and scalable systems. Since there are no logical boundaries for the online space, it is important to study the problem from an international perspective too.

PRE-REQUISITE :Any student from 5th semester UG B.Tech. should be able to understand the content of the course.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT :TCS, Wipro, Microsoft to name a few, any company involved in online business will be interested

INTENDED AUDIENCE :Anybody interested in the area of Privacy, including industry professionals and students
Summary
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate



Course layout

Week 1:Introduction; Various Privacy breaches, and its effects; Why Online privacy has become an important topic?; Privacy cases / litigations, and outcomes
Week 2:Definition & forms of Privacy; Difference between data security & data privacy; Trade-off between privacy and freedom of speech; Trade-off between privacy and utility; Contextual integrity theory and applications
Week 3:Privacy Attitudes & Awareness
Week 4:Social Media Privacy
Week 5:Social Media Privacy
Week 6:Data anonymity:K-anonymity, L-diversity, T-closeness, Differential privacy
Week 7:Image & Location privacy; Ethics about studying online privacy:Institutional Review Board / Ethics Committee; Conducting {User, Lab, and Online} Studies; Privacy from 3rd party trackers & advertisers
Week 8:Image & Location privacy; Ethics about studying online privacy:Institutional Review Board / Ethics Committee; Conducting {User, Lab, and Online} Studies; Privacy from 3rd party trackers & advertisers
Week 9:User behaviour & Usable privacy; Privacy in National projects like Aadhaar, NATGRID; Differential privacy in US census, Apple; PDP Bill / Srikrishna commission report / GDPR:Implications
Week 10:User behaviour & Usable privacy; Privacy in National projects like Aadhaar, NATGRID; Differential privacy in US census, Apple; PDP Bill / Srikrishna commission report / GDPR:Implications
Week 11:Privacy policies:Length, readability, legality, cost of reading privacy polcies; Nutrition labels of Privacy policies:How to make the policies simple and user friendly
Week 12:Privacy policies:Length, readability, legality, cost of reading privacy polcies; Nutrition labels of Privacy policies:How to make the policies simple and user friendly

Books and references

All necessary materials will be shared with students on slides, online materials

Instructor bio

Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

IIIT Hyderabad
Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK") is a Professor of Computer Science at IIIT-Hyderabad. He is a Visiting Faculty at IIT Kanpur and an Adjunct faculty at IIIT Delhi. PK is an ACM India Council Member, and Chair of the Publicity & Membership Committee of ACM India. PK is a TEDx and an ACM Distinguished & ACM India Eminent Speaker. PK received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His Ph.D. thesis work on anti-phishing research at CMU contributed in creating an award-winning startup - Wombat Security Technologies, wombatsecurity.com. Wombat was acquired in March 2018 for USD 225 Million. PK was listed in the World's 2% Scientists by Stanford University in Nov 2020. He is a senate member of IIIT Una, and is on various Board of Studies / Academic Council of different institutes across the country. PK has been teaching on NPTEL for the last 5 years, with great feedback from students. He has co-authored research papers in the field of Privacy and Security in Online Social Media, Cyber Security, Computational Social Science, Social Computing, Data Science for Social Good, amongst others. PK's research work regularly gets featured on news media, including print, online, and TV within India and across the world; to list a few, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNN, Doordarshan, Economic Times, Indian Express, NBC, New Scientist, NewYorker, Reuters, Times of India, USA Today, Washington Post, and many more. PK Spear heads ACM India's programs on improving the quality of PhD students in Computing in India -- PhDClinic & Anveshan Setu Fellowship. In his Dean's role at IITD, he managed a team of 15 faculty members and 10+ admin staff, including Associate Dean of Student Affairs, overseeing hostel, sports centre, health centre, student {well-being, clubs, mentorship program}, technical & cultural fests. He was the Founding Head of Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC) at IIIT-Delhi. PK started and successfully manages PreCog (precog.iiitd.edu.in), a research group at IIIT-Delhi and IIIT Hyderabad. In addition to his contributions to academia, PK is on advisory role on various government organizations, government committees, including a 8 member committee on Non-Personal Data by Government of India, chaired by Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan.


Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE

Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team


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