A Secure and Efficient Federated Learning Framework for NLP

Chenghong Wang, Jieren Deng, Xianrui Meng, Yijue Wang, Ji Li, Sheng Lin, Shuo Han, Fei Miao, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, Caiwen Ding


Abstract
In this work, we consider the problem of designing secure and efficient federated learning (FL) frameworks for NLP. Existing solutions under this literature either consider a trusted aggregator or require heavy-weight cryptographic primitives, which makes the performance significantly degraded. Moreover, many existing secure FL designs work only under the restrictive assumption that none of the clients can be dropped out from the training protocol. To tackle these problems, we propose SEFL, a secure and efficient federated learning framework that (1) eliminates the need for the trusted entities; (2) achieves similar and even better model accuracy compared with existing FL designs; (3) is resilient to client dropouts.
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2021.emnlp-main.606
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Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
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November
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2021
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Online and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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EMNLP
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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7676–7682
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https://aclanthology.org/2021.emnlp-main.606
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10.18653/v1/2021.emnlp-main.606
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