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Microsoft Research discuss ‘Private Network Trace Analysis’ at SIGCOMM 2010

Frank McSherry and Ratul Mahajan of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley & Redmond presented a major paper in New Delhi, India, during SIGCOMM 2010. “One of seven accepted papers authored or co-authored by Microsoft researchers, Differentially-Private Network Trace Analysis, has elicited great interest, as it sheds light on one of the most vexing problems in conducting research on network data: how to analyze contents of network packets without compromising privacy of the underlying data.”

Their objective, McSherry explains, is to “address the tension inherent in conducting experiments on networking data, such as network-packet traces, that’re rife with sensitive information. Researchers want to be able to evaluate techniques that, for e.g., look at the contents of network packets to see whether there’re lots of worms running around on a network, but they don’t want to accidentally see people’s passwords, email, or other private data.”


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