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So yeah, we won some kind of award :-) [Aug. 14th, 2008|01:25 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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Me telling it like it is
Once upon a time, an Indian guy and a Russian guy working in Texas, of all places, wrote a paper that some people liked so much that they decided to give them an award. In Belgium. The award money came from an American company and two shiny award statues from some people in Canada. After that, the Indian guy spent a couple of weeks roaming around France. Which is mainly why he hasn't updated this blog.

I haven't actually received any money yet, but I'm hopeful that some day I will. That will allow me to continue eating 3600 calories worth of deli sandwiches every day :-) Otherwise I might have to learn to cook again. The horror!

Levity aside, the sad state of affairs is that in spite of our work, companies keep going down the same flawed path again and again — such as the recent Google-Viacom settlement. Removing user identifiers before handing over the Youtube viewing data, which is what Google has agreed to do, is almost as bad as the original plan which drew widespread outrage.

I met Chris Soghoian (of fake NWA boarding pass generator fame) at the workshop, who gave me some useful pointers on using my research to have some impact on public policy. I think that is what is most needed at the moment.

Edit. Thanks to hukuma for the picture.

From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-14 07:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the award!

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[User Picture]From: mmk
2008-08-14 08:59 pm (UTC)

Very nice

Congratulations, I thought it was a very nice paper.

The idea, even better.
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[User Picture]From: cubby_t_bear
2008-08-14 09:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: skthewimp
2008-08-15 03:46 am (UTC)
so this is what uday was talking about on the list?
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2008-08-15 03:52 am (UTC)
no idea! i haven't read that since i graduated :)
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[User Picture]From: tomtomtomtomtom
2008-08-16 01:01 pm (UTC)
Ha, yet again we are in the same place and don't meet up! (SF, Austin, France I think are our three). Where did you wander around? I spent about three weeks in Lyon and two days in Montpellier, now I'm down in Barcelona for a week. Oh how I love being a graduate student.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2008-08-16 03:09 pm (UTC)
dammit i was in montpellier! i was going to go to barcelona as well but i changed my mind at the last minute.

i updated my facebook with my travel plans but i guess not my lj. ok, let's see, what do i have coming up.. seattle tomorrow, possibly east coast a month from now, bay area some time in october. any hits? :-)
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[User Picture]From: tomtomtomtomtom
2008-08-17 10:52 am (UTC)
hmm, nope, i think i got my travel fix for the time being and i'm just going to stay put in tucson for a while. well, a little while. i'll probably budge come december.

maybe even thanksgiving...
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