ARETHA: A Transparent and Respectful Virtual Assistant for the Home
Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri have become hugely popular conveniences in homes worldwide. However, they also pose
unprecedented privacy risks by being black-box vehicles of corporate surveillance by the likes of Amazon, Apple and others.
Is it possible to design a virtual assistant that can be guaranteed to protect user privacy, and be fully transparent and
controllable by end-users? This project will involve designing and developing a fully modular, open source virtual assistant
called ARETHA from the ground up, using open source components, which can provide strong guarantees about being prirvacy-preserving