Understanding database reconstruction: learn this one neat trick for identifying people in datasets!


3 to 5 p.m., April 22, 2022

As part of their Developing Socially-Aware Quantitative Intuition (QI) project, the CUES Spanning Boundaries (SB) Team will host the second annual QI grand challenge event on data privacy this Spring. 

From dating apps to housing websites to vaccine distribution, more and more aspects of everyday life collect data about the people who use them.  Oftentimes, organizations that collect data will release data tables broadly describing the individuals who use their resources – but did you know that it may be possible to identify characteristics of individuals even if the only information released is about the group?  While techniques are available for reducing the risk of identifying individuals, these techniques may make the data collected less useful for understanding the world around us.

  • This event will help participants explore important socially-aware QI skills, followed by a discussion with experts on how they use these skills in the real world.  
  • As part of this event, the SB Team will collect data in order to understand whether they have been effective at helping attendees learn socially-aware QI skills.  These data collection and analyses processes have been reviewed and approved by the University of Arizona IRB.
  • Participation in the research component of this event is voluntary, and attendees may still join the event without their data being collected.
  • All undergraduates, from all majors, are encouraged to participate.


W.A. Franke Honors College
1101 East Mabel Street
Tucson, AZ 85719

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