William R. Marczak
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
Electronic Mail: ude.yelekreb.sc@mrw [ GPG/PGP ]
Twitter: @billmarczak | @BHWatch
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My name is Bill Marczak, and I am a computer science Ph.D student at UC Berkeley.
My research interests include security, networking, distributed systems, and databases.
I'm currently working with Vern Paxson on researching state-sponsored cyberattacks against activists.
I am a founding member of Bahrain Watch, a
monitoring and advocacy group that seeks to promote effective,
accountable, and transparent governance in Bahrain through research and
evidence-based activism. I am also a Research Fellow at Citizen Lab.
In the past, I worked with Joe Hellerstein on the BOOM project. I have also worked with Boon Thau Loo and the NetDB group at the University of Pennsylvania on the DS2 and A3 projects. Additionally, I have previously collaborated with LogicBlox.
Logic and Lattices for Distributed Programming.
Neil Conway, William R. Marczak, Peter Alvaro, Joseph M. Hellerstein, David Maier.
Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC), Oct 2012
BloomUnit: Declarative Testing for Distributed Programs. [.pdf]
Peter Alvaro, Andrew Hutchinson, Neil Conway, William R. Marczak, Joseph M. Hellerstein.
International Workshop on Testing Database Systems (DBTest), 2012.
Confluence Analysis for Distributed Programs: A Model-Theoretic Approach. [.pdf]
William R. Marczak, Peter Alvaro, Joseph M. Hellerstein, Neil Conway.
Datalog 2.0 Workshop, Sep 2012.
Consistency Analysis in Bloom: a CALM and Collected Approach [.pdf]
Peter Alvaro, Neil Conway, Joseph M. Hellerstein, William R. Marczak.
Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR), Jan 2011.
SecureBlox: Customizable Secure Distributed Data Processing. [.bib | .pdf | Abstract]
William R. Marczak, Shan Shan Huang, Martin Bravenboer, Micah Sherr, Boon Thau Loo, and Molham Aref.
ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD), Jun 2010.
A3: An Extensible Platform for Application-Aware Anonymity. [.bib | .pdf | Abstract]
Micah Sherr, Andrew Mao, William R. Marczak, Wenchao Zhou, Boon Thau Loo, and Matt Blaze.
Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), Mar 2010.
Dedalus: Datalog in Time and Space. [.bib | .pdf | Abstract]
Peter Alvaro, William R. Marczak, Neil Conway, Joseph M. Hellerstein, David Maier, and Russell C. Sears.
Technical Report UCB/EECS-2009-173, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley, Dec 2009.
Declarative Reconfigurable Trust Management. [.bib | .pdf | Abstract]
William R. Marczak, David Zook, Wenchao Zhou, Molham Aref, and Boon Thau Loo.
Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR), Jan 2009.
Programming Language Support for Loose Consistency in Distributed Systems [.pdf]
Stanford University Software Lunch, Oct 15, 2010.
SecureBlox: Customizable Secure Distributed Data Processing. [.pdf]
ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD), Indianapolis, IN, Jun 2010.
LBTrust: Declarative Reconfigurable Trust Management. [.pdf]
Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research (CIDR), Pacific Grove, CA, Jan 2009.
Selected Recent Media Coverage:
Wikileaks SpyFiles Show Surveillance Industry ‘Thriving Unchecked’ (TechWeekEurope), 05 September 2013
Beware Spyware: Wikileaks exposes surveillance industry trackers (Russia Today), 04 September 2013
Spy Files: New WikiLeaks docs expose secretive, unruly surveillance industry (Russia Today), 04 September 2013
Turkmenistan and Oman Negotiated to Buy Spy Software: Wikileaks (CorpWatch), 04 September 2013
اتهامات للبحرين بشن حرب الكترونية على المعارضين (BBC Arabic), 08 August 2013
From Bahrain To Belarus: Attack Of The Fake Activists (TechWeekEurope), 31 July 2013
Намериха български правителствен сървър, способен да шпионира компютрите чрез вирус (Darik News Bulgaria), 15 July 2013
Български правителствен сървър способен да включва уебкамери дистанционно (Darik News Bulgaria), 15 July 2013
Българското правителство използва шпионския софтуер FinSpy (Capital Newspaper Bulgaria), 15 July 2013
Schnüffelsoftware weltweit in Aktion (Deutschlandradio), 12 June 2013
Middle Eastern surveillance (BBC South Today), 29 May 2013
Surveilling Democracy Activists (HuffPost Live), 20 May 2013
Researchers Find 25 Countries Using Surveillance Software (New York Times), 13 March 2013
The Spy in Your Pocket: Mobile Journalism's Risk (Committee to Protect Journalists), February 2013
Customs urged to investigate UK spyware firm (The Guardian), 26 December 2012
Influential IT security minds in 2012: Honorable mentions (SC magazine), 03 December 2012
Spyware Leaves Trail to Beaten Activist Through Microsoft Flaw (Bloomberg), 10 October 2012
U.K. Limits Spyware That May Have Targeted Dissidents (Bloomberg), 10 September 2012
فيروس تجسس يصيب الهواتف الجوالة في البحرين وقطر والإمارات (Al-Wasat), 02 September 2012
Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents (New York Times), 31 August 2012
Lessons Learnt from FinFisher Mobile Spyware (PC Magazine SecurityWatch), 30 August 2012
Spyware Matching FinFisher Can Take Over IPhones (Bloomberg), 29 August 2012
Company Denies Role in Recently Uncovered Spyware (New York Times BITS), 16 August 2012
Elusive FinSpy Spyware Pops Up in 10 Countries (New York Times BITS), 13 August 2012
For journalists, danger lurking in your email (Committee to Protect Journalists), 27 July 2012
Elusive FinFisher Spyware Identified and Analyzed (EFF Deeplinks) , 25 July 2012
Cyber Attacks On Activists Traced To FinFisher Spyware Of Gamma (Bloomberg), 25 July 2012
Interview on BBC World News, 20 April 2012
Interview with Amy DiPierro of War News Radio, 24 March 2012
Bahrainis Demand More Than Cosmetic Reforms (by David Elkins of IPS), 23 March 2012
U.S. Urged to Leverage Security Cooperation with Bahrain (by David Elkins of IPS), 22 March 2012
Bahraini king praises progress but opponents say abuses continue (L.A. Times Blogs), 20 March 2012
Model UN Participation:
While attending high school in Bahrain, I became involved in Model United Nations,
and was fortunate to attend several conferences in Bahrain, Cairo, and Dublin. I
continued my involvement as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. A summary of my participation follows:
BAHMUN (Manama, Bahrain):
2005: Secretary General [ Bahrain Tribune | Gulf Daily News ]
2004: Chair (General Assembly) [ Gulf Daily News ]
2003: Sudan (General Assembly - Delegate of the Year)
2002: United Arab Emirates (Political Committee)
CACMUN (Cairo, Egypt):
2004: Chair (General Assembly) [ Picture | Picture ]
2003: Israel (General Assembly)
2002: Portugal (General Assembly)
MINIMUN (Manama, Bahrain):
2005: Secretary General [ Gulf Daily News ]
2004: Chair (General Assembly)
2003: Russian Federation
UPMUNC (Philadelphia, USA):
2008: Director of Operations
2007: Director of Operations [ UPMUNC Website ]
2006: Assistant Secretary General
SAIMUN (Dublin, Ireland):