Privacy, Triage, and Risk

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 11:30 am12:00 pm

Yonatan Zunger, Humu


Triage is often overlooked in threat management. But without understanding the significance of risks, making intelligent tradeoffs, and conveying those in a way which builds consensus among all stakeholders, even the best ideas will not happen. Privacy triage is notoriously hard: the threat models are extremely diverse, spanning both rare, catastrophic risks and dispersed continuous damage (the two things people are worst at understanding), and key stakeholders have frequently not internalized what failures can look like for real people. This talk will present a collection of tools which have proven useful for both making triage decisions and for getting difficult stakeholders on board.

Yonatan Zunger, Humu

Yonatan Zunger is Chief Ethics Officer and Distinguished Engineer at Humu. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at Google, where he was responsible for a wide range of technical, privacy, and policy matters, ranging from leading high-capacity search, to being overall technical lead for all Social efforts, to navigating hate and harassment policy and spearheading technical data governance. If there was something that involved the overlap between engineering, law, policy, privacy, and SVP-wrangling, it was probably his job.

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@inproceedings {238160,
author = {Yonatan Zunger},
title = {Privacy, Triage, and Risk},
booktitle = {2019 {USENIX} Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect ({PEPR} 19)},
year = {2019},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug