Seny Kamara

Associate Professor, Brown University

email: seny@brown.edu
twitter: @senykam
blog: outsourcedbits.org
pub key: B80B 84AC 9C5D 174D


I am an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. From 2008 to 2016, I was a researcher at Microsoft Research (Redmond Lab). My work focuses on designing and analyzing cryptographic algorithms, protocols and systems; often motivated by privacy issues in cloud computing, surveillance and databases. I maintain interests in various aspects of theory and systems, including applied and theoretical cryptography, data structures and algorithms, cloud computing, databases, economics, technology policy and networking.


  • Check out Clusion, a new and open source encrypted search library by Tarik Moataz

  • We released the draft of our ECRYPT report on Future Directions in Computing on Encrypted Data (pdf).

  • Our paper on inference attacks was invited to Real-World Crypto.

  • Our work on inference attacks on encrypted DBs (pdf) was covered by Forbes, Ars Technica (1, 2), the Register and Inside MSR


Recent Publications (full list)




Recent Talks & Lectures (full list)




Program (co-)chair:

  • ACM Cloud Computing Security Workshop (CCSW '12)
  • Workshop on Surveillance and Technology (SAT '15)
Events (co-)organized:

While at MSR, I worked with the following outstanding group of students: