The project called CoronaSurveys was created to "Measure the Iceberg" and was based on the idea that the iceberg has a visible tip – in this case, the number of confirmed cases - but below that tip, submerged and out of sight, is the rest of the block of ice, one of uncertain dimensions, and which can sink any vessel that does not know its real size. In order to get to a number that is closer to the real number of people affected by Covid-19, the team led by Antonio Fernández Anta published the first surveys on Twitter in Spanish in mid-March. Over the weeks since then, the project has expanded to almost global dimensions. Currently the surveys cover 150 countries and 60 languages.
Antonio Fernández Anta has participated in one of the "MBA Talks" of the Canarian academic center MBA Business School: "Big Data & AI: Creating value in accelerated environments", in which Luis Falcón, Visiting Professor of MBA Business School, professor of the Master in City and Technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and CEO of inAtlas - Big Data and Location Analytics, has also been present.
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.
In order to properly manage the Covid-19 pandemic, governments and the scientists who advise them need the most accurate data possible on the situation. The problem is that such data do not exist. The only data they have are those provided by laboratory tests. In other words, governments know how many people have tested positive, how many are in hospitals and how many are being treated over the phone. But by now it is more than evident that these are not the real data of the pandemic. Scientists around the world are now devising formulas to estimate figures that are more realistic. An international team led by researcher Antonio Fernández Anta of the IMDEA Networks institute is one of them.
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.
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.
The researcher and professor Antonio Fernández Anta has received November the 5th the ARITMEL Award, one of the four National Computer Science Awards jointly granted by the Spanish Computer Science Society (SCIE) and the BBVA Foundation. Due to this award, we have asked him to tell us his impression about the next technological advances. In addition, he has explained in detail the advantages and disadvantages of developing a research career.
Next November 5th the researcher and professor Antonio Fernández Anta will receive the ARITMEL Award, one of the four National Computer Science Awards jointly granted by the Spanish Computer Science Association (SCIE) and the BBVA Foundation. Due to this award, we’ve asked him about some aspects of his professional career.