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The third edition of the CyberSec&AI Connected 2021 virtual conference will be held on 4-5 November 2021, focusing on the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Internet user privacy. The event aims to bring together representatives from academia and industry on issues related to privacy in the digital world. The organisers are the software company Avast and the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), joined this year by the Private AI Collaborative Research Institute at the Technical University of Darmstadt.

The wide-ranging programme will feature top researchers from prestigious research institutions such as economist and IT scientist Alessandro Acquisti from Carnegie-Mellon University, computer scientist Dawn Song from the University of California, Berkeley, and Emiliano De Cristofaro from University College London, whose research explores the use of technology in security and privacy. Experts from the world's biggest technology companies will also speak at the conference, including Google Brain researcher Nicholas Carlini and Facebook's David Freeman, who is working on protecting data from abuse.

Among the most anticipated items on the agenda is an expert panel on how AI will affect the handling of personal data. The availability of huge datasets through cloud solutions, coupled with enormous computing capacity, has led to significant recent developments in machine learning and optimization. However, these advances have also brought with them increased demands for data protection and increasingly frequent leaks of sensitive personal data. The panellists include the aforementioned David Freeman from Facebook, Professor Reza Shokri from the National University of Singapore and Apostolos Malatras from the European Network and Information Security Agency. Together they will discuss the ethical dimension of handling personal data and what companies that systematically collect data can do to secure it. The panel will be moderated by Miroslav Umlauf, Chief Data Officer at Avast.

"We are currently witnessing a rapid evolution in the way we live in the digital world and our increasing dependence on online services. Along with this, the dangers that internet users face are also changing fundamentally," said Michal Pěchouček. "Cyber-attacks, greatly enhanced by artificial intelligence, are now targeting people, private data and digital identities rather than computers. We will therefore talk about the future of cyber security for ordinary internet users and the role of technology companies in this context," Pěchouček outlined.

Tickets for the conference are on sale for 130 EUR. Academics have a 50% discount and students can attend the conference for free. More information on special offers and the conference programme is available on the website:

A video summarising the 2019 conference can be found here.

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