Department of Computer Science and the College
Aloni Cohen’s research explores the interplay between theoretical cryptography, privacy, law, and policy. He aims to understand and resolve the tensions between the theory of cryptography and the privacy and surveillance law that governs its eventual real-world context. His current interests include differential privacy, the General Data Protection Regulation, the Fifth Amendment, encryption, multiparty computation, and the census.
His research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality, and SIAM Journal on Computing.
Cohen earned BS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, as well as engineering mathematics and statistics, from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an SM in computer science and engineering and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was formerly an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a fellow at Facebook and the Aspen Tech Policy Hub. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral associate at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering at Boston University and at the Boston University School of Law. He will join the University of Chicago in January 2022; his work will contribute to the University’s Data Science Initiative.