|So yeah, we won some kind of award :-)
||[Aug. 14th, 2008|01:25 pm]
|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.
Me telling it like it is
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.