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The Data Transparency Lab

The Data Transparency Lab is a collaborative effort between
universities, businesses and institutions to support research in
tools, data, and methodologies for shedding light on the use of
personal data by online services, and to empower users to be in
control of their personal data online. In order to support research in
these areas, DTL will award 6-8 research grants to academic
institutions worldwide. Such grants come in the form of a gross amount
sum of 50,000 Euro that will awarded to successful applicants for
pursuing research that will lead to the development of software tools
for the following topics:

I. Privacy-related topics:

— Detection with quantification and attribution of tracking, including
advanced finger-printing methods

— Detection with quantification and attribution of Personally
Identifiable Information (PII) leakage

— Detection with quantification and attribution of online behavioral
targeting on advertising, search, recommendation, etc.

— Detection with quantification and attribution of location tracking

— Detection with quantification and attribution of cross
device/platform tracking

— Software for comparing objectively the privacy leakage or
transparency-related outcomes of other tools developed in the context
of DTL or independently

II. Reverse engineering efforts for transparency:

— Reverse engineering advertisement placement, recommendation, etc.

— Reverse engineering online pricing (e-commerce, spot/surge pricing
for cloud, transportation, accommodation and other services)

—  Transparent-by-design ways to using data that protects privacy

— HCI challenges in demonstrating transparency/privacy results to users

III. Discrimination-related topics:

— Detection of geoblocking in e-commerce, content distribution service, etc.

— Impact of algorithmic personalization, algorithmic discrimination,
personal filter-bubbles, & societal polarization, etc

The grants are aimed towards supporting fully or partly the work of a
Principal Investigator (PI) and at least one PhD student or postdoc
for a time duration of approximately a year.

Submitted proposal need to clearly describe:

— What will the produced software tool do?

— Who will benefit from using it (end user, regulators, data
protection authorities, privacy / anti-discrimination activists)?

— What is the intended plan for recruiting users?

— What is the novelty & technical excellence of the proposal?

— Justify the technical expertise of the applicants in the area.

Successful applicants are expected to present their results in the
annual DTL Conference, make their software available online (by the
end of 12 months counting from the reception of the grant, at the
latest), and acknowledge the funding source. Reporting obligations
will be minimal and successful applicants will be eligible to apply
for additional follow up funding to further curate their tool.

A list of awardees will be made public on DTL websites and the
Principal PI will receive notification through the email address
declared in the proposal. Note: If awarded a grant, a project
abstract/overview proposal may be published on DTL websites, unless
applicants request the contrary.
Program Committee
The following committee of experts will evaluate applications:

Committee Chairs

Balachander Krishnamurthy, AT&T Labs -- Research
Nikolaos Laoutaris, Telefonica Research

Committee Members

Ernst Biersack, Eurecom
Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T
John W. Byers,   Boston University
Claude Castelluccia, INRIA
Augustin Chaintreau, Columbia University
David Choffnes, Northeastern University
Daniel Coloma, Telefónica
Emiliano de Cristofaro, UCL
Josep Domingo-Ferrer, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Krishna Gummadi, Max-Planck Institute for Software Systems
Tristan Henderson, University St. Andrews
Marco Melia, Politecnico di Torino
Ionel Naftanalia, IAB Europe
Nick Nikiforakis, Stony Brook University
Chris Payne, World Federation of Advertisers
Chris Riley, Mozilla
Vincent Toubiana (tentative), CNIL - Commission Nationale de
l'Informatique et des Libertés
Sara Watson, Tow Center and Berkman Center


Important dates for the submission/evaluation process are provided below:

- Call for proposals opening date: March 15th, 2016.
- Proposal Submission deadline: Apr 30th, 2016 (11:59 pm), Madrid (CEST) time.
- Notification of grants awarded: Early June 2016.


The application process must include:

-- A main description of up to 3 pages (9pt font) explaining
succinctly the main idea, its relevance to DTL, what will be produced
and the main innovation with respect to current state of the art in
the area.

-- CV of Principal Investigator and main student (2 pages each).

Both documents should be submitted as a single PDF file along with the
information of the applicants at the submission site of DTL at:

More details about the submission and evaluation process can be found
in the DTL Award Grants Handbook
(, or contacting
DTL at: [log in to unmask]


Grants Program Info Website:



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