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Welcome to Simson Garfinkel's personal web site.

Simson L. Garfinkel is the Senior Data Scientist in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is also a part-time faculty member at George Washington University in Washington DC, a guest researcher at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and an affiliate of both Georgetown University and George Mason University. He serves on the Association for Computing Machinery's U.S. Technology and Policy Committee, and on its Ethics and Plagiarism Committee. He is also a science journalist who has published hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines, and 17 books. His research interests broadly include data science ethics, digital forensics, personal information management, counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism. (Read full bio.)


Differential Privacy Resources

Recent tutorials and presentations

Note: talks with the same name may (and frequently do) have different slides

See also my Presentations Archive and my AWS Tutorial.

Recent publications

Current projects

Software and systems
  • bulk_extractor 2.0
  • tcpflow 2.0
Academic Research
  • Article about security research and AI
  • New approach to provenance: the Data Vintaging System (new wine in old bottles?)
  • New Data Science Ethics assignment
  • Article on for a forensics journal.
  • Article about the new bulk_extractor and why it's so much better.
In Submission
  • Law and Policy for the Quantum Age, Hoofnagle & Garfinkel, (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

You may also be interested in my Future Projects

Completed projects

Resources For Students

Where to find Simson Garfinkel online