Arvind Narayanan

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Arvind Narayanan
Stanford's privacy guy - Arvind Narayana.jpg
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Madras
University of Texas at Austin
Known forde-anonymization
AwardsPrivacy Enhancing Technology Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University
Princeton University
ThesisData Privacy: the Non-interactive Setting (2009)
Doctoral advisorVitaly Shmatikov

Arvind Narayanan is a computer scientist and an associate professor at Princeton University.[1] Narayanan is recognized for his research in the de-anonymization of data.[2][3]


Narayanan received technical degrees from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2004.[4] C. Pandu Rangan was his advisor. Narayanan received his PhD in computer science in University of Texas at Austin in 2009 under Vitaly Shmatikov. He worked briefly as a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University, working closely with Dan Boneh. Narayanan moved to Princeton University where he has been an assistant professor since September 2012.


In 2006 Netflix began the Netflix Prize competition for better collaborative filtering algorithms. That business gave out "anonymous" customer information. However, Narayanan and advisor Vitaly Shmatikov showed possibilities for "de-anonymizing" this information.[5] This research led to much higher recognition of "de-anonymizing." In later working Narayanan has de-anonymized graphs from social networking[6] and writings from blogs.[7]

In mid-2010, Narayanan and Jonathan Mayer argued to the favor of Do Not Track in HTTP headers.[8][9] They built prototypes of Do Not Track for clients and servers.[10] Working with Mozilla they wrote the influential Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Draft of Do Not Track.[11][12]

Narayanan wrote about software cultures. He argues for ethics teaching in the computer science schooling[13] and usable cryptography.[14][15]



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  2. ^ Dan Grech, [2], Princeton Alumni Weekly, 8/1/14
  3. ^ Kim Zetter, [3], Wired, 18/6/12
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  5. ^ Bruce Schneier, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), 13/12/07
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  7. ^ On The Media, [6], 2/3/12
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  16. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers". 2 July 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
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