Data, privacy, and application design
When dealing with research data, you have to be careful to protect user privacy. This can make it difficult to get hold of good data for testing. Truth Initiative has written a system for migrating sensitive data that protects user privacy while preserving useful properties for testing. We'll walk through the design of the system and how we met some of the challenges in building it.
Matt Bowen is a senior software engineer at Truth Initiative, where he writes software to study better ways to help people quit smoking. He's also the vice president of DC Python's board.