LPGNet: Link Private Graph Networks for Node Classification

Thu 31Mar2022

Aashish Kolluri, National University of Singapore

From 12.30 until 13.30

At https://ethz.zoom.us/j/68133445571



Classification tasks on labeled graph-structured data have many important applications ranging from social recommendation to financial modeling. Deep neural networks are increasingly being used for node classification on graphs, wherein nodes with similar features have to be given the same label. Graph convolutional networks (GCNs) are one such widely studied neural network architecture that perform well on this task. However, powerful link-stealing attacks on GCNs have recently shown that even with black-box access to the trained model, inferring which links (or edges) are present in the training graph is practical. In this talk, I will present a new neural network architecture called LPGNET for training on graphs with privacy-sensitive edges. LPGNET provides differential privacy (DP) guarantees for edges using a novel design for how graph edge structure is used during training. We will see that empirically LPGNET models often lie in the sweet spot between providing privacy and utility: They can offer better utility than "trivially" private architectures which use no edge information (e.g., vanilla MLPs) and better resilience against existing link-stealing attacks than vanilla GCNs which use the full edge structure. LPGNET also offers consistently better privacy-utility tradeoffs than DPGCN, which is the state-of-the-art mechanism for retrofitting differential privacy into conventional GCNs, in most of the evaluated datasets.

Join us on Zoom at https://ethz.zoom.us/j/68133445571.

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