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"Where's Waldo?" - Privacy in the age of Internet-connected mobile technology

Matthew Finkel, The Tor Project

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July 10, 2018 2:30pm, in DC 1304

Abstract

There are hundreds of millions of new "smart" mobile device users every year, but the mobile ecosystem and infrastructure are designed and built for optimizing convenience, not protecting the privacy of the user. From a design flaw in the Internet Protocol to an abundence of physical sensors, a mobile device may tell a third-party more information than the user intended or wanted.

This talk will look at IPv6 and its current state on mobile networks, then we'll describe some of the information our useful pocket computers collect and send. We'll conclude with some additional information about how a mobile phone's general physical location is found.

Bio

Matthew Finkel hacks on privacy-preserving technology most days. He helps train activists, journalists, and at-risk groups on digital and operational security. He has worked with The Tor Project during the day, and at night, contributing to code and helping the community over the last few years. Currently he is a Tor Browser developer.