Protecting Consumers' Privacy in Digital Right Management

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  • Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

The advent of Internet technologies, such as the World Wide Web, has made the distributions of digital contents faster, cheaper, and a lot easier. This has inevitably led to piracy concerns, and as a result, there are growing efforts on developing Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies. However, most of the existing efforts are on protecting content creators? or providers? rights, and consumers rights have largely been overlooked. One of the consumers rights is preserving their identity/transaction privacy. The provision of such a privacy service without any additional mechanism to ensure accountability can lead to the service, or other DRM entities' rights, being abused.

This project is aimed at investigating and designing efficient solutions to provide revocable privacy services to digital content consumers and to ensure that the consumers' privacy be preserved without affecting the rights of other DRM entities.

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Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.


Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.
  • You will have good time management.


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?
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