The article, “An analysis of Pre-installed Android Software” by Julien Gamba, Mohammed Rashed, Abbas Razaghpanah, Juan Tapiador and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, has been awarded the Best Practical Paper Award at the 41st IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland), which takes place on May 18-20, 2020. This is one of the top conferences in cybersecurity. The study has real impact on users as it reveals the privacy and security issues associated with pre-installed software on Android devices and their supply chain.
The director of the IMDEA Networks Institute and UC3M professor Arturo Azcorra highlighted the key aspects of this situation in the morning radio show directed and presented by Jaume Segalés.
Julien Gamba, predoctoral researcher at IMDEA Networks Institute, has been awarded with one of the 2020 NortonLifeLock Research Group Graduate Fellowship. This is one of the most selective world Fellowships in the area of cybersecurity. As in previous editions (the first one was in 2007), there have been three winning candidates, including Gamba. Each of them will be bestowed with a prize which consists of 20,000 US dollars.
Data and the economy stemming from them are the engine for the fourth industrial revolution. However, and according to Nikolaos Laoutaris, there is a very important leading player who currently receives absolutely nothing of the huge profits generated by the activity: the people who provide these data. Only in a very few cases do the humans producing data receive a measly compensation in kind for it: free online services.
The article, “An analysis of Pre-installed Android Software” by Julien Gamba, Mohammed Rashed, Abbas Razaghpanah, Juan Tapiador and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, has received two prestigious awards this month: one from the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) and another from the CNIL (French Data Protection Authority) and Inria. The study has huge social impact as it reveals the privacy and security issues associated with pre-installed software on Android devices and their supply chain.
With a simple click on “I agree”, often without reading any disclaimer about privacy and data management, we give away personal information to get free access to online services. We do not have the possibility to control and negotiate, compelled to blindly provide to an unknown recipient sensitive information about our lifestyle, our preferred commercial merchandise or service, up to data such as sexual orientation or health problems.
When we search for information on the Internet, buy online or use social networks we often see ads relating to our likes or profile. The fact is not everyone knows how online advertising works and what data companies are using to create personalized ads to show us. Dr. Nikolaos Laoutaris, Research Professor at IMDEA Networks, has published new research results on the detection of behavioural targeting in online advertising.
Dr. Joerg Widmer, Research Professor and Research Director of IMDEA Networks, has been appointed “Distinguished Member” by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He has received this highly recognized award for his outstanding scientific contributions to the field of computing.
A Brazilian delegation from the city Campinas undertook last week an official mission to Portugal and Spain. They were seeking to witness personally the innovation ecosystems and successful experiences in smart cities and business internationalization. The delegation made a stop at IMDEA Networks on October 3rd.
A Taiwanese delegation composed of high-level officials and scientists made a tour of some of the top research institutions in Madrid last month, making a stop at IMDEA Networks. They were seeking to identify synergies and establish strategic transnational partnerships.