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Science on Tap
A monthly lecture series at UMD that explores the latest discoveries in science and technology in a relaxed atmosphere with food and drink

Combating Censorship with
Artificial Intelligence

Presented by

Dave Levin
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at UMD


Kevin Bock
Ph.D. Student in Computer Science at UMD
(B.S. '17, M.S. '18, Computer Science)

Monday, September 30, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

Milkboy Art House

MilkBoy ArtHouse
7416 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(Directions and Parking)

Space is limited. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Happy hour specials will be available until 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact Abby Robinson
at or 301-405-5845.

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Researchers and censoring regimes have long engaged in a cat-and-mouse game, leading to increasingly sophisticated internet-scale censorship techniques and methods to evade them. This talk will introduce a drastic departure from the previously manual evade-detect cycle: applying artificial intelligence techniques to automate the discovery of censorship evasion strategies. The speakers will demonstrate that, by training artificial intelligence against real nation-state censors, one can glean new insights into how censorship works around the world and how to circumvent it. They will present some of the counterintuitive strategies their artificial intelligence has discovered, some of which exploit what appear to be bugs in the Great Firewall of China.

This event is a partnership between the UMD College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and The Clarice and MilkBoy ArtHouse, a local crossroads for dynamic entertainment, social gathering and creative dining in downtown College Park, Maryland. This event is also sponsored by the UMD Science Alumni Network.

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