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Seminar Privacy and Authenticity of Data


Dates and Times

The following is the time table of the seminar. The exact dates of the talks will be published on a later date.

When   What Misc
03.04.   Confirm participation  
10.04   Submit topic preferences  
13.04   Assignment of topics  
08.06.   Submission of the initial essay  
CW [24-27]   Talks  
29.06.   Submission of peer reviews  
17.07.   Submission of final essay  


For the seminar, you will have to write an essay, two reviews of essays other students wrote, and give a talk about your topic. After receiving the peer reviews of your essay you will have the option to make changes to your paper to incorporate the reviews (this is not mandatory).

Your overall grade will be composed of individual grades for you initial essay submission, your presentation, the reviews you wrote, and how well you incorporated reviews into your final submission.


Due to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic this will be held as an online seminar.  This has several implications. Any communication in the course of this seminar will be digital. That is via eMail or video conferencing software. In particular, this also holds for the talks you will have to give. You can only participate in this seminar if you can present you own talk and attend the talks of other students via a video conference software. The concrete technological solution used will the announced on a later date.


Your essay should be 10 to 12 pages. The deadline for the initial and final versions of the essay is shown in the table at the top. It should be in the style of a scientific paper. If you like, you can use our LaTeX templates as a starting point. 

We will grade the initial submission of the essay. While there is a possibility for you to improve your grade with the final submission, if the initial submission is graded as fail, you will fail the seminar.


The reviews of other students' essays should be in the style of a scientific peer review. We will provide some form of rough guideline on what this means (although there is a lot of material on this available online). Note that your reviews do not factor into the grade of the papers you are reviewing. However, they will factor into your own grade. So try to write a helpful and honest review.

After you received the reviews of your essay, you will have the option to submit a final version of your essay. You can improve your own grade by incorporating useful advice you received in your reviews.


Your talk should last 1h including discussion (so you should plan to talk around 45-50 minutes). You will present the talk using a video conference software with screen sharing for your slides. If you like, you can use one of our templates as a starting point.

Teaching Assistant

Dr. Sascha Brauer

Codes and Cryptography

+49 5251 60-6627

Dr. Nils Löken

Codes and Cryptography

+49 5251 60-6653

The University for the Information Society