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[FR] “La surveillance est devenue le modèle d’affaires d’internet”

Bruce Schneier, que nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir à l’EPFL ce jeudi 16 mars, a fait l’objet d’une interview dans Le Temps. Ce célèbre spécialiste en cybersécurité milite pour une défense absolue de la vie privée. Selon lui, «le respect de la vie privée, c’est la dignité humaine».
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Diary Of An Ongoing Software Supply Chain Cyberattack

On June 15, 2022, a shadowy hacker group known as TA551 set its sights on a company that offers training and certification to IT administrators, system administrators and other vital IT personnel working for some of the world’s largest corporations. From there it was game on. The hackers replaced the…
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Digital Governance Book Review: Data Cartels (2023)

Lamdan, Sarah (2023). Data Cartels. The Companies That Control and Monopolize our Information. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 203 pages. By Matthias Finger This extremely well documented and researched book introduces the reader to some novel areas of platformization, namely the platformization of actors that manage information, knowledge and intelligence. The author, a…
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[FR] TikTok doit-elle aussi être bannie en Suisse ?

SÉCURITÉ Accusée d’espionnage, l’application chinoise subit des interdictions ciblées aux Etats-Unis, dans l’Union européenne, au Canada ou encore au Danemark. Pour l’heure, Berne ne voit pas de risque, mais va demander des explications à Bruxelles. (Picture from Solen Feyissa on Unsplash)
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Digital Governance Book Review: The Rise of the New Network Industries (2021)

Montero, Juan and Matthias Finger (2021). The Rise of the New Network Industries: Regulating Digital Platforms. New York & London: Routledge, 292 pages. By Melanie Kolbe-Guyot “The Rise of the New Network Industries – Regulating Digital Platforms” (2021), by Juan Montero and Matthias Finger, is an excellent resource on the rise and…
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[FR] Intelligence artificielle : le grand remplacement ?

Le service d’intelligence artificielle ChatGPT fascine la planète. Et pour cause : posez-lui la question que vous voulez et la machine vous répondra suffisamment bien pour passer un examen universitaire à votre place, rédiger vos mails ou même, c’est pour bientôt, assurer votre défense devant un tribunal. Quel bouleversement pour l’école…
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[FR] Prisée par les mineurs, l’application TikTok n’est pas sans danger

L’application TikTok compte près de 440’000 adeptes en Suisse, dont un tiers de mineurs. Dans plusieurs pays, les autorités tentent de prémunir les enfants contre les dangers du réseau social, mais la tâche s’avère compliquée.
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[FR] Les promesses économiques de l’IA

Podcast audio, au sommaire: les horizons économiques de l’intelligence artificielle; le train et l’avion en accord pour réduire l’empreinte voyage; et reportage avec les manifestants au Pérou.
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“Scientists can never make statements with 100% certainty”

EPFL professor Jacques Fellay, who served on the Swiss National Covid-19 Task Force and whose lab is affiliated with C4DT, has been selected for a new advisory committee that the government set up recently so policymakers and scientists can continue their joint efforts.
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ChatGPT and the future of digital health

How we interact with computers has just changed overnight, forever. A new class of generative AI has emerged that will revolutionize communication and information – and health along with it.
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“Computing is like potato chips – there’s never enough!”

EPFL’s Professor Giovanni De Micheli was recently recognized for his strong impact on the electronic system design industry, and he sees another decade of rapid design innovation ahead.
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Digital Governance Book Review: Cloud Empires (2022)

This installment of C4DT’s Digital Governance Book Review focuses on Vili Lehdonvirta’s 2022 book Cloud Empires. How Digital Platforms are Overtaking the State and how we can Regain Control Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 283 pages. An acutely current and fascinating analysis of the adverse effects digital platforms have on…
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7th edition of Foundations of ICT and Digital Trust for Decision Makers course

The revamped course “Foundations of ICT and Digital Trust for Decision Makers” becomes a catalyst for responsible digital transformation. The 7th edition of this course took place throughout the week of October 31, 2022, in collaboration with the Fondation Lombard Odier.
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Carmela Troncoso 2022 EPFL Latsis Laureate

IC Tenure Track Assistant Professor Carmela Troncoso has won this year’s EPFL Latsis University Prize. She has been recognized by the Latsis Foundation for exceptionally important contributions at a Swiss university by researchers under the age of 40.
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Science and Technology for Humanitarian Action Challenges (HAC)

The challenges faced by humanitarian organizations in general and by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in particular are immense. Therefore, EPFL and ETH Zurich are joining forces with the ICRC through the Engineering for Humanitarian Action initiative to explore innovative solutions to such crises.
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Digital Governance Book Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody (2018)

This installment of C4DT’s Digital Governance Book Review focuses on Bruce Schneier's 2018 Click Here to Kill Everybody. Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World New York; London: W.W. Norton & Company, 319 pages. A must-read for anyone interested in the mounting cyber security challenges posed by the rapid growth…
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CfA: C4DT Digital Trust Policy Fellowship

Call for Applications (CfA): Become a Digital Trust Policy Fellow at C4DT and write cutting-edge, technology-grounded policy papers on current technological challenges in the area of digital trust! Check out our program website for more information. Deadline is November 1, 2022.
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Digital Governance Book Review: Ruling the Root (2002)

With the discussion of this book, the C4DT begins a new publication series, the Digital Governance Book Review: Hereafter, every month, we will summarize and contextualize a book we consider relevant. The book will be either a classic, whose lessons are worth recalling, or a new publication our readers should…
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[FR] La gardienne de la sphère privée numérique

Carmela Troncoso dirige le Laboratoire d’ingénierie en sécurité de l’information et respect de la vie privée de l’EPFL. L’Espagnole, militante LGBT+, s’est forgé une aura internationale grâce à sa contribution à l’app de traçage SwissCovid.
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Swiss Post’s digital ambitions continue alongside EPFL

Already involved with EPFL, especially with the Center for Digital Trust (C4DT), the Mobility lab Sion Valais, the EPFL FORUM, the Applied Machine Learning Days and the supervision of master's degree internships, the Swiss Post is seeking to accelerate the start of collaborations with the entire EPFL ecosystem by joining…
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Deploying Decentralized, Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing

Contact tracing is a time-proven technique for breaking infection chains in epidemics. Public health officials interview those who come in contact with an infectious agent, such as a virus, to identify exposed, potentially infected people. These contacts are notified that they are at risk and should take efforts to avoid…
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“Using our skills to restore people’s dignity“

Robert Mardini has been the director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross since 2020. In this interview, Mardini – who holds a civil engineering degree from EPFL – gives us an overview of the ICRC’s work and discusses the links between science and humanitarian action.
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C4DT affiliated Professor to Lead Premiere Computing Publication

C4DT affiliated Professor James Larus, Director of the Very Large Scale Computing Laboratory has been appointed Editor-In-Chief of Communications of the ACM, widely regarded as the leading print and online publication for the computing and information technology fields.
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The SwissCovid App

In response to the COVID-19 disease that has stormed the world since early 2020, many countries launched initiatives seeking to help contact tracing by leveraging the mobile devices people carry with them. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) commissioned the effort for Switzerland, which resulted in the official SwissCovid…
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