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Researchers featured February 19 on CBS News program ‘Sunday Morning’

Two experts tapped for documentary on the language of passwords

University of Ontario Institute of Technlogy researchers Christopher Collins, PhD (left) and Julie Thorpe, PhD, prepare for an interview with CBS Sunday Morning on January 5 in the univerity's Visualization for Information Analysis Laboratory. The CBS interview is scheduled to air Sunday, February 19.
University of Ontario Institute of Technlogy researchers Christopher Collins, PhD (left) and Julie Thorpe, PhD, prepare for an interview with CBS Sunday Morning on January 5 in the univerity's Visualization for Information Analysis Laboratory. The CBS interview is scheduled to air Sunday, February 19.

On February 19, millions of television viewers across the United States got a taste of some of the leading-edge research happening at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

The Emmy Award-winning CBS program Sunday Morning came to Oshawa in early January to develop a feature on password security, and the predictable patterns people often use in their passwords that can make them vulnerable to hacking. Sunday Morning host Susan Spencer interviewed experts from two different faculties who have collaborated for years and galvanized the findings from each of their disciplines.

Christopher Collins, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Linguistic Information Visualization, and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, was joined by Julie Thorpe, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology. Both discussed the issues surrounding consumer information protection, privacy, and how to understand and manage linguistic data. 

The CBS Sunday Morning segment, A world beyond passwords, aired on February 19 (UOIT portion begins at 3:19). 

Journalists across Canada and in the United States, including the New York Times, have interviewed Dr. Collins and Dr. Thorpe on this topic. The researchers were both guests on the February 13, 2017 edition of CBC Radio One’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonte (Death of the password? Biometrics could be the future of Digital Security; both appear about 15 minutes into the segment).

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