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Sensible smartphone defences against (over)smart sensing

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Smartphone-based sensing is an emerging area of high interest. However these sensing methods can also be used to build large-scale surveillance machinery characteristic of police states and consequently constitute an important threat to user privacy. In this talk, I will highlight the threat with a sample surveillance application: stealing keystrokes using a smartphone accelerometer. I will also outline an approach to defence. Our approach is inspired by electronic warfare techniques from the second world war and focusses on the controlled use of jamming to achieve desired results. Ultimately, we hope that our techniques will be of some use in achieving the goal of secure and private smartphone analytics.

This talk is part of the Computer Science Lunch Time Talk Series series.

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