LIDSOL: teaching privacy and anonymity concepts and tools to social scientists
I have been working on several privacy/anonymity topics in the past couple of years. And I am very happy, as we just achieved one of our most important stated goals.
I am coordinating LIDSOL, Laboratorio de Investigación y Desarrollo de Software Libre, at the Engineering Faculty, UNAM. LIDSOL is a very interesting and very open lab regularly inhabited by ≈7 bright students, most of them from Computer Engineering (but some from other careers in the faculty), and with over twenty years of history. And I have worked with several of them in my PAPIME project for privacy and anonymity. This time, the task was –after working a year on the broad topic– for the students to plan and present a course titled Privacidad y anonimato para un manejo seguro de mi información en redes» — Privacy and anonymity for safely handling my online information, as part of the Political and Social Sciences Faculty’s intersemestral courses on technological updating.
The covered program was quite ambitious; I’m not translating it, you can look at it in Spanish in the course’s information. The LIDSOL instructors (please, a round of applause for them!) were:
- Diego Barriga
- Emilio Cabrera
- Marco Ruano
My friend Lourdes Reséndiz, who works at FCPyS and got us the space to present the course, also gave a module.
Lourdes, during the famous three envelopes dynamic for explaining onion routing I felt the course to be a great success, and we were asked to repeat it in the future. As any course presenting anonymization technologies, it was of course not without its controversy and discussion — which was great! I think we got many concepts clarified for the attendees. I will later report on any measurable accounts we got, of course!
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