WeSP: Web Security and Privacy

Weaving together technology innovation with human and policy considerations


This multidisciplinary project addresses issues of security, privacy and trust in the context of web and location-based services.  This project will carry out fundamental research in 5 key themes:

  1. Build tools to enable end-users to effectively control their privacy, focusing on social networking websites.

  2. Create training material and automated systems to combat phishing, in the context of the web and location-based services.

  3. Develop and evaluate mechanisms and design principles to help users decide whether or not they can trust different types of digital services.

  4. Test automated approaches to detecting copyright breach and enforcement of copyright policies in the context of peer-to-peer networks and related services.

  5. Use formal methods to validate policy languages developed in the context of online social networking.

WeSP brings together three Portuguese Universities, M-ITI at the University of Madeira, the University of Mihno, and Instituto Superior Técnico, a multi-disciplinary team from Carnegie Mellon University, and the Portuguese telecoms provider SAPO/Portugal Telecom. WeSP is funded by the FCT under the CarnegieMellon - Portugal agreement, and is led by the University of Madeira.