Central Iowa Section Meeting - How Your Data Pays For The Internet


The September Central Iowa Section meeting will by via Zoom because of the continuing COVID - 19 pandemic.

Professor Jacobson will give a presentation on how you are tracked when you are on the Internet and how your data is used.  This will be a joint meeting with the Computer Society Chapter C16 and the Des Moines Engineers Club.

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This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.  When you register and provide your contact information, you will receive an email message before the meeting with the information needed to join the meeting.

  • Co-sponsored by Computer Society Chapter C16
  • Starts 11 September 2020 03:36 PM
  • Ends 17 September 2020 06:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge
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Professor Doug Jacobson

Professor Doug Jacobson of Iowa State University


How Your Data Pays For The Internet

The Internet is full of websites and companies offering services at no cost.  Most claim that ads pay for their services and therefore our users don’t need to pay.  While technically true, it is your data that is one of the currencies of the Internet.  Did you ever wonder how that news site knew it should show an ad for something you just searched for on a shopping site?  We will discuss how they collect data, how they use data, and if we should care.


Doug Jacobson is a University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and an IEEE Fellow. He also serves as the director of the Information Assurance Center at ISU.   Dr. Jacobson’s current funded research is targeted at developing robust countermeasures for network-based security exploits and large scale attack simulation environments. He is director of the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) test bed project.  He has published numerous papers on computer security education and the use of hands-on laboratories to teach computer security, as well as written a textbook on network security. He also created a computer security outreach program targeted at the general public, post-secondary students and faculty. He co-authored a book on security literacy for the non-technical audience and also lectures on this topic. His team has developed a cyber security literacy curriculum for grades k-12.


Address:2215 Coover Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, United States, 50011-1046


7:00 PM Opening remarks

7:10 PM Professor Jacobson's presentation

To receive information on how to connect to the presentation, please register by clicking the Register Now button above and entering your contact information.  You will receive an email message before the meeting with the necessary information to join the presentation.  When you join the meeting, your microphone will be muted until the Q & A period.