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.
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.
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.
5TONIC, the open research and innovation laboratory focusing on 5G technologies, takes part today in the ‘Passenger Global Forum’, organized by the UIC (the Worldwide Railway Organisation) and hosted by RENFE (the National Network of Spanish Railways). 5TONIC has been invited by the Spanish government to provide an overview of the potential applications of 5G to the railway sector. To this end, Arturo Azcorra, IMDEA Networks Director and 5TONIC Vice-President, will give a keynote speech entitled “The 5G Revolution and its impact on the Railway Sector”.
A new European innovation action under the H2020 Cibersecurity-PPP funding program is assisting micro enterprises, also known as MEnts, to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was launched in 2018 to enhance privacy protection for all European citizens. The SMOOTH project, in which IMDEA Networks Institute participates, aims to become the reference platform for MEnts transitioning to GDPR compliance, whilst safeguarding the interests of EU citizenry on data privacy and security.
Dr. Domenico Giustiniano is the head of the Pervasive Wireless Systems group at IMDEA Networks. He is also the leader of the OpenVLC project, an open-source platform for research in visible light communication networks and the co-founder of the non-profit Electrosense association, a crowd-sourcing initiative to collect and analyse spectrum data.
A new research project has been launched with the aim of developing a system for detecting threats to the electromagnetic space. Led by IMDEA Networks Institute (a networking research organization based in Madrid, Spain), the SOCRATES project has recently been awarded funding by NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division – Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS). The two other collaborating partners on the project are the ElectroSense non-profit association of Switzerland (a crowd-sourcing initiative that collects and analyses spectrum data) and Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven of Belgium. Their work will be concluded by May 2021.
ACM SIGCOMM 2018 met in Budapest on August 20-25. The first visit to Eastern Europe became an unqualified success for the flagship annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group (SIG) on Data Communication. Encompassing a variety of traditional and newly introduced events, the six-day conference program attracted about 200 more attendees than expected.