Privacy in the Smart City

Dr. Eran Toch
Department of Industrial Engineering
Tel-Aviv University

Chaired by
Dr LIM Youliang, Brian, Assistant Professor, School of Computing

  14 Mar 2018 Wednesday, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

 Executive Classroom, COM2-04-02


The concept of the Smart City is becoming central to the development of technologies that regulate and enhance urban spaces. At the same time, smart cities bring about new privacy challenges, as cities start to collect unprecedented volumes of data, with the direction of local or central governments, and have an increasing effect on people's lives. In this talk, we will investigate the particular privacy challenges related to smart cities, understand the impact of privacy, and discuss possible solutions. First, the talk will describe the results of a survey (n=480) conducted in Tel Aviv, which analyzes the effect of privacy, neighborhoods, and computer literacy on adoption of smart city technologies. Furthermore, we will assess new privacy metrics that can be used to quantify and to analyze the particular characteristics of smart cities. I will describe new behavioral privacy measures and discuss how they can be used to capture essential properties of information exposure and inference. Empirical analysis of these measures, using actual smart-city data, shows how inference-oriented data aggregation can be used to obtain functional services with less harm to the residents' privacy.

With Michael Birnhack, Tali Hatuka, Issy Rosen-Tsvi


Eran is a member of the faculty of Engineering at Tel-Aviv University, at the department of Industrial Engineering. He studies how human-computer interaction and machine learning can help people better manage their privacy and security online. Eran's research group is now working on various projects that revolve around computationally analysis of human behavior and applying this knowledge to solve real-world privacy and security challenges. Prior to joining Tel Aviv University, Eran was a post-doc fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science. Eran has a Ph.D. from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.