Ensuring Secure and Private Data Analyses

Since 2014, the Boston Women's Workforce Council (BWWC) conducts biennial reports on the wage gap in the greater Boston area. To ensure privacy and security of 100% Talent Compact signer's data, the BWWC partnered with Boston University's Hariri Institute for Computing to implement secure Multi-Party Computation (MPC) in the wage gaps analysis process. This enables us to analyze sensitive data that may othwerwise not be accessible due to legal policies.


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What is

Multi-Party Computation?


How Does it Work?

Using MPC-backed software, 100% Talent Compact members anonymously provide encrypted data on full-time employees, similar to EEOC-1 job designations. The BWWC then accesses the aggregated data to perform analyses on wage gap by gender, race and ethnicity, and new this year - by industry. The more participants, the more secure and accurate the data is.

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Benefits of Using MPC

Seamless & Secure User Experience

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Users enter data into an easy-to-use web browser interface that is fast and seamlessly integrated into any operating environment 


Data-Driven Collaboration

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Incentivizes information sharing and collaboration for social good between competing parties because privacy is guaranteed and competitive edge is protected

Scalability

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Allows data scientists to easily scale and compute big data sets to better inform the outcome of their research

Developer Friendly

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Enables developers to focus on innovation and problem-solving without being bogged down by security or compliance challenges.


Reporting Cycle Highlights

With the security of the MPC software, the BWWC has successfully produced two wage gap analysis reports:

In 2015, women earned

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Data Snapshot:

  • 69 companies

  • 113,000 FT employees

  • $11 Billion in annual wages

In 2016, women earned

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Data Snapshot:

  • 69 companies

  • 113,000 FT employees

  • $11 Billion in annual wages

In 2018, women earned

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*New*

  • Data on salary, bonuses

  • employee's length of service

  • Industry Breakdown


Partnering with Boston University

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Hariri Institue for Computing

Meet the team behind the MPC software making it possible to measure the wage gap in Boston. (Pictured: Azer Bestavros, Founding Director)