Steve the Matchmaker: The Marriage of Statistics and Computer Science in the World of Data Privacy


At this year’s session in honor of Steve Fienberg’s 70th birthday at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Montréal, I had the the privilege to speak and to reflect on his contributions to the methodology of disclosure limitation and their impact on problems of privacy protection and confidentiality. Steve has been a key player in bringing computer scientists and statisticians together on these fundamental issues facing modern society. This piece captures parts of my presentation, but clearly not the memorable tears, the hug, and Steve’s brief disappearance from the session. …

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