08-734 (Usable Privacy & Security)
There is growing recognition that technology alone will not provide
all of the solutions to security and privacy problems. Human factors
play an important role in these areas, and it is important for
security and privacy experts to have an understanding of how people
will interact with the systems they develop. This course is designed
to introduce students to a variety of usability and user interface
problems related to privacy and security and to give them experience
in designing studies aimed at helping to evaluate usability issues in
security and privacy systems. The course is suitable both for students
interested in privacy and security who would like to learn more about
usability, as well as for students interested in usability who would
like to learn more about security and privacy. Much of the course will
be taught in a graduate seminar style in which all students will be
expected to do a weekly reading assignment and each week different
students will prepare a presentation for the class.
Students will also work on a group project throughout the semester.
The course is open to all graduate students who have technical
The 12-unit 700-level course numbers (08-734 and 5-899B) is for PhD
students and masters students. Students enrolled in these course
numbers will be expected to play a leadership role in a group project
that produces a paper suitable for publication.
> The 9-unit 500-level course number (08-534) is for juniors, seniors,
> and masters students. Students enrolled in this course number will
> have less demanding project and presentation requirements.