The DFSRG has launched a collaboration with Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore to start a FinTech research center. The new center will operate along similar lines to the UW center, conducting research into the challenges relating to digital financial services. Collaborative research will be conducted in areas of cybersecurity, authentication, fraud prevention, financial education, financial management, data analytics, and customer experience studies in digital financial services. The FinTech center will also promote the digitization of Government-to-Person (G2P) and Person-to-Government (P2G) payments in Pakistan. A memorandum of understanding was signed by Dr. Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) along with Dr. Richard Anderson, Head of DFSRG and Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington.
Fahad Pervaiz and Samia Ibtasam presented papers at the 2016 ACM Dev conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Fahad presented work on evaluating security challenges for mobile money in the developing world, and Samia presented work, done at ITU prior to her arrival at UW on Immunization Information Systems. Trevor Perrier presented a poster on the UW-Pesa DemoLab project. During the visit to Nairobi, team members met with representives of MicroSave, IBM Research Africa, and Orange.
Prof. Umar Saif, the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board and the Vice Chancellor of ITU Pakistan, will be giving a Distinguished Lecture, Designing Technology for the Other 5 Billion, in the UW Computer Science and Engineering department on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM in EEB-105. This talk is open to the public. For more information see the UW Distinguished Lecture announcement.
A paper, Let’s talk money: Evaluating the security challenges of mobile money in the developing world has been accepted for publication at the 2016 ACM Dev conference. The paper was authored by Sam Castle, Fahad Pervaiz, Galen Weld, Franziska Roesner and Richard Anderson. The paper assesses security vulenerabilities for Android mobile money applications and reports on interviews of software developers to give insights into current practices.
UW CSE will form a Digital Financial Services Research Group with support from the Gates Foundation. This effort will be led by Richard Anderson in Computer Science and Engineering, and Josh Blumenstock in the Information School.