AAAI Publications, 2015 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Cognitive Fingerprints
Myriam Abramson

Last modified: 2015-03-11


Ever since “True Names” by Vernor Vinge, identity has been recognized as our most valued possession in cyberspace. Attribution is a key concept in enabling trusted identities and deterring malicious activities. The rash of recent cyber-attacks targeting consumers, coupled with the massive amount of available digital data, has forced us to rethink our very notion of authentication as a one-shot process of verifying a claim of identity. In this context, this paper surveys the status of “cognitive fingerprints” where how you think or what you are thinking can reveal who you are. The computational approaches vary but most involve machine learning and data mining techniques and specific computational methods will be highlighted. Digital traces from social media activities are presented as an example of a cognitive fingerprint.


cognitive fingerprints; attribution; reddit

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