Protecting Your Online Identity in the Age of Big Data and AI

September 15, 2023


Join us on Thursday, October 5, 11 a.m. to Noon (PST) for a UCSC cybersecurity webinar where we will share tips to protect your online identity. This is one not to be missed!

Guest presenters:

  • Diana Freed, PhD and Fellow at Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • Julio Poveda, PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Maryland.


Due to our speakers' privacy requests, this event *will not* be recorded. This event will be hosted by UCSC ITS Compliance Coordinator, Cecilia Carrillo.

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Webinar Details

Technology is evolving at a fast pace. Although we benefit from many of its advances, new digital privacy and security risks emerge. For instance, cybercriminals are using AI-assisted tools to:

  • manipulate people via convincing phishing emails and text messages
  • impersonate people’s voices and alter their images and videos

Guest Speakers

Diana Freed, PhD.

Diana Freed is a Fellow at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. In 2024 she will start as an assistant professor in the department of Computer Science and The Data Science Institute at Brown University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. Her research focuses on designing, developing, and building sociotechnical systems in the context of youth interpersonal relationships, intimate partner violence, and caregiving systems. She also develops tools and resources to improve digital literacy to enable individuals to make informed choices regarding technology use and to improve understanding of digital risks and harms. Diana’s research has been recognized with an ACM CHI Best Paper Award, ACM CSCW Honorable Mention, and a CSCW paper recognition for her contribution to Diversity and Inclusion. Her research has been featured by media outlets that include The New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Wired, NPR, and Time Magazine.

Julio Poveda

Julio Poveda is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Maryland. He does computer security and privacy research, and is a volunteer at Cornell University's Clinic to End Technology Abuse (CETA), where he helps survivors of intimate partner violence with their tech-related concerns.

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