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Alex Nou

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Computer Science

Personalized Browser History Anonymization

Mentor: Huan Liu
FURI: Spring 2018

Although tools such as Tor, VPN (Virtual Private Network), and HTTPS protect the privacy of a user’s browsing, they all come at a significant cost in utility. This FURI project attempts to better handle this tradeoff between privacy and utility. Given a user’s browsing history, the goal is to increase the privacy protection of the user’s identity in a personalized manner. This is accomplished by adding well-chosen links that enhance the user’s privacy while preserving the history’s utility. Future work includes choosing better privacy-preserving URLs through determinantal point processes and learning a way to better categorize and compare URLs.