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The Computer Scientist Who Is Boosting Privacy on the Internet

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Computer scientist Harry Halpin posing amidst trees.

"Privacy is a fundamental right, a cornerstone of our freedom. I think we should do everything we can to protect it." -Harry Halpin

Credit: Klaudia Poloncova / Quanta Magazine.

After earning his doctorate, computer scientist Harry Halpin spent nearly a decade in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, where he worked for Tim Berners-Lee, widely heralded as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Then he went on to work at the World Wide Web Consortium.

As useful as the web has been, Halpin is quick to point out its shortcomings. "The web was not built with security and privacy in mind, although people subsequently tried to address those concerns as sort of an afterthought," said Halpin.

In this interview, Halpin discusses how to create a more private network and the value of privacy itself, as well as other topics.

From Quanta Magazine
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