Context, Causality, and Information Flow: Implications for Privacy Engineering, Security, and Data Economics

Seminar | May 4 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Sebastian Benthall

 Information, School of

The creators of technical infrastructure are under social and legal pressure to comply with expectations that can be difficult to translate into computational and business logics. The dissertation presented in this talk bridges this gap through three projects that focus on privacy engineering, information security, and data economics, respectively. These projects culminate in a new formal method for evaluating the strategic and tactical value of data. This method relies on a core theoretical contribution building on the work of Shannon, Dretske, Pearl, Koller, and Nissenbaum: a definition of information flow as a channel situated in a context of causal relations.