Thursday, 24th of May 2018, 12:00 – 1:00

Pricing Anonymity, with a Briefing on the GDPR for Techies

SR 1, ICT Building,
Technikerstraße 21a, 6020 Innsbruck

Rainer Böhme
Professor at SEC group, University of Innsbruck


I summarize what computer scientists can do to help navigating the jungle of “known unknowns” in the transition to the EU’s renewed data protection regime (to become effective the day after the talk). I recall anonymity middle-layers as building blocks of many technical solutions. They establish unlinkability of actions on the application layer even if lower layers depend on observable identifiers (e.g., network addresses). And I present a recent research result that gives a pricing principle for practically existing markets for anonymity. It applies cooperative game theory and uses Shapley value, an established solution concept. The process has a novel property in that one party pays for anonymity but anonymity is created for many parties.