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Privacy Enhancing Technology Prize Challenge Office Hours
Short Background:
The US and the UK, as recently announced during President Biden’s Summit for Democracy, are developing prize challenges focused on advancing Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) that can facilitate secure and private data access and use, particularly to drive game-changing research that has huge societal impact. The intended result of the challenges is a solution to make progress toward making PETs more accessible to non-technical users and demonstrate an application of PETs for economic and social benefits.

The challenges are expected to be launched in the Spring of 2022, in parallel in the US and the UK.

Office Hours for Input from Privacy Research Community
We are interested in seeking informal input from the privacy research community in specific topics within the research themes: (1) Synthetic Data and (2) “Privacy-preserving Federated Learning/Analytics (PPFL). In particular, we are interested in feedback on the following:

- Technical gaps that are amenable to a prize challenge format, including those related to: generalizable approaches to synthetic data generation and related metrology and verification issues; technical challenges to implementation/adoption of PPFL including issues such as efficiency and scalability, and verifiable end-to-end privacy guarantees;

- Compelling use cases related to the themes and technical areas noted above, and publicly-available data sets that support such use cases;

Please consider joining us as per your availability by choosing the appropriate office hours on Jan 25 & 27 for each themes below.

If you are not available to make it to any of these slots, please feel free to send a short write up (not more than 1 page for each theme).

Tess DeBlanc-Knowles, OSTP & NSF (
Naomi B. Lefkovitz, NIST (
Joshi, James, NSF (
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