Project Aims for More Secure, Private Smart Home Devices

Seven universities will work on the five-year, $10 million National Science Foundation project.

An Amazon Echo, center, and a Google Home, right, are displayed in New York, June 14, 2018.
An Amazon Echo, center, and a Google Home, right, are displayed in New York, June 14, 2018.
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HANOVER, N.H. (AP) β€” Researchers at Dartmouth College and six other academic institutions are collaborating on a national project to make β€œsmart home” products more secure and private.

The $10 million, five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation comes as households increasingly rely on internet connected home devices ranging from refrigerators to baby monitors. David Kotz, a computer science professor and lead investigator for the project, says as home technology changes, people need to be able to feel safe from prying eyes.

The project also includes teams from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, Morgan State University and Tufts University.

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