CS 201 | Enhancing Safety on the Web with On-Device ML, IGOR BILOGREVIC, Google Research

Speaker: Igor Bilogrevic
Affiliation: Google Research


The web is a powerful platform for developers and users, enabling the former to provide personalized experiences and sophisticated services to the latter. Most users experience the open web through their browser, which is their agent in the online world. Safety is a critical aspect in the online world, and browsers have different ways to mitigate online threats. In this talk, I will cover two recent advances in web safety: notifications spam mitigation and distributed browser fingerprinting detection. Most notification prompts are not granted by users, but they constitute a potential threat vector for subsequent online abuses (e.g., phishing). To decrease the notification spam in Chrome, we designed, evaluated and deployed an on-device ML model that decides whether to show a less visible permission prompt depending on the browsing context and the users’ past actions in such context. Regarding browser fingerprinting, which is a privacy-invasive technique to extract a quasi-unique device identifier from the browser’s properties and device characteristics, we designed and evaluated a novel detection approach based on federated learning with differential privacy guarantees, in collaboration with researchers from UC Riverside and University College London.


Igor Bilogrevic is a Staff Research Scientist working to bring novel machine learning and AI features for privacy and security in products. Igor’s mission is to make technology simpler, safer and smarter for the users. By default. Igor has a PhD on applied cryptography and machine learning for privacy-enhancing technologies from EPFL (Switzerland). Previously, Igor worked in collaboration with the Nokia Research Center on privacy challenges in pervasive mobile networks, encompassing data, location and information-sharing privacy. Igor spent a summer at PARC (a Xerox Company), conducting research on topics related to private data analytics. Igor is a co-inventor on several patents filed by Nokia, PARC and Google. Igor is also interested in several domains that are related to the applications of machine learning and AI to privacy and security, such as web browser privacy and contextual intelligence.

Hosted by Professor Baharan Mirzasoleiman

Date(s) - Feb 29, 2024
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

3400 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles California 90095