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Free Speech in Practice: A Usability Evaluation of the Tor Browser Bundle

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May 9, 2013 12:50pm - 2:00pm

Room 285

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    Anonymity is a key part of privacy. Many activists choose to use Tor, an open source anonymity tool run via the non-profit Tor Foundation. In this talk, Greg Norcie will discuss the usability of Tor, a commonly used anonymity tool. While Tor may be effective from a computational standpoint, it's adoption has been hampered by a lack of usability. In this talk, Mr. Norcie will discuss how Tor works, why it is important to increase adoption of Tor, the legal implications of running Tor exit nodes/bridges, and the findings of a laboratory study examining the usability of Tor's current interface.

    Greg Norcie is a 2nd year PhD student in the security informatics program at Indiana University, studying under Jean Camp. Greg's research focus is usable security - the application of principles from human computer interaction to the design of privacy enhancing technologies. He has published extensively in the field of usable security, and is currently spending the summer interning in Palo Alto Research Center's Computer Science Laboratory (CSL). Prior to graduate school, Greg worked as a staff researcher at the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Lab (CUPS). Later, Greg went on to design security training materials for various companies and government agencies as a consultant to Wombat Security Technologies, a Pittsburgh based anti-phishing startup.

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