Over two billion people in more than 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is free and offers simple, secure, reliable messaging and calling, available on phones all over the world.
Our mission is to connect the world privately. To provide that privacy, it is critical to maintain the security of the code powering WhatsApp systems. WhatsApp has made substantial enhancements in-house by developing industry-leading technology on program analysis for privacy, and wants to build strong partnerships with experts in academia to tackle some of the most challenging problems in this space. Below is a summary of the areas of research that would have the most impact.
To foster further innovation in program analysis for privacy, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, WhatsApp is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals. We anticipate awarding up to six winners $50,000 each. Payment will be made to the proposer's host university as an unrestricted gift.