Steven J. Murdoch from University of Cambridge received the best thesis award of the ERCIM Working Group on Security and Trust Management for his excellent Ph.D. thesis "Covert channel vulnerabilities in anonymity systems". Steven's thesis represents an outstanding contribution on the study of privacy and anonymity aspects in real systems and meets all the desired requirements. The evaluation committee particularly favoured its exceptional practical impact.
The ERCIM Security and Trust Management (STM) Working Group has recently established an award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the area of STM in order to increase the visibility of the young researchers in the ERCIM and the wider European scientific community. Applications for the 2008 award were open to all Ph.D. holders who defended their thesis during 2007 in a European university: Sixteen applications were submitted and evaluated by a committee of European experts. The thesises were judged on the basis of scientific quality, originality, clarity of presentation, and the potential impact of the results.
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