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Natural Language Processing for Privacy, Empowerment, and Social Good

Friday, September 22, 2023


Natural Language Processing for Privacy, Empowerment, and Social Good

Dr. Shomir Wilson

Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 at 10 a.m. CST

Zoom link or copy and paste link: https://auburn.zoom.us/j/81706339239

 

Abstract:

Internet users care about privacy, but persistent gaps exist in their understanding of how data about them is collected and used. I will describe a trajectory of research to automatically extract information from the text of websites’ and apps’ posted privacy policies and to present it to consumers, regulators, and privacy researchers in ways that better respond to their needs. A recent effort in this trajectory is PrivaSeer (https://privaseer.ist.psu.edu/) a search engine and corpus that together make a collection of over 1M website privacy policies available and explorable for privacy stakeholders. I will also describe my other projects to apply natural language processing (NLP) to problems in privacy and fairness, with a general strategy of using NLP for empowerment and social good.

 

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