Wanda – Securely introducing mobile devices

A few months ago we announced the results of our Wanda project, as published in INFOCOM 2016.  Today we’re excited to share this new video description of the project! Thanks to Abby Starr and Shiyao Peng of Dartmouth’s DALI lab, and Tim Pierson of the THaW team, for this fun and informative production.

Nearly every setting is increasingly populated with wireless and mobile devices – whether appliances in a home, medical devices in a health clinic, sensors in an industrial setting, or devices in an office or school. There are three fundamental operations when bringing a new device into any of these settings: (1) to configure the device to join the wireless local-area network, (2) to partner the device with other nearby devices so they can work together, and (3) to configure the device so it connects to the relevant individual or organizational account in the cloud. The challenge is to accomplish all three goals simply, securely, and consistent with user intent. We call our approach Wanda – a `magic wand’ that accomplishes all three of the above goals – and evaluate a prototype implementation.

Kotz appointed to GAO’s Health IT Policy Committee

The Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the appointment of THaW PI David Kotz to the organization’s Health IT (HIT) Policy Committee. In his announcement, Gene Dodaro noted, “In developing policy for health information technology, it’s important to take into account expertise related to privacy and security and to health care research as well as the views of health care workers who are the users of HIT.”

The Comptroller General is responsible for appointing 13 of the 20 members of the HIT Policy Committee. David will fill the role of expert in privacy and security.

Read more in the full GAO press release and an article on HispanicBusiness.com