David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science University of Waterloo
Dr. Goldberg is an excellent researcher whose focus is on privacy in the information age. The primary theme running through his research is the principle that individuals should have a right to privacy, in the form of informational self-determination. Whereas technologies deployed on the internet often degrade privacy, it is also possible to design new technologies to enhance privacy. Dr. Goldberg’s contributions in this arena are significant, wide-ranging and well recognized. In addition, Dr. Goldberg is also recognized as an expert in cryptography, both in terms of designing new systems and in cryptanalysing existing systems. Dr. Goldberg’s contributions include the cryptanalysis of Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and the design of the Off-the-Record (OTR) messaging system that is used worldwide. Dr. Goldberg has given invited talks at conferences and institutions around the world and has published widely in the best conferences and journals in his areas of interest. He has a continuous record of service on the program committees of these same influential conferences, including the USENIX Security Symposium (of which he has been program chair), the ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, and the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (of which he has also been program co-chair). He is a founding member of the CrySP (Cryptography, Security, and Privacy) research group in the School of Computer Science at Waterloo, a group of faculty and graduate students that is internationally well known. Dr. Goldberg won an Early Research Award from the Government of Ontario in 2010.