A Roadmap for Internet Privacy


  • Lorrie Cranor

    Lorrie Cranor

    is the Director and Bosch Distinguished Professor of the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute and FORE Systems Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also co-director of the Collaboratory Against Hate: Research and Action Center. She directs the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-directs the MSIT-Privacy Engineering masters program. In 2016 she served as Chief Technologist at the US Federal Trade Commission. She co-founded Wombat Security Technologies.

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    She has authored over 200 research papers on online privacy, usable security, and other topics. She has played a key role in building the usable privacy and security research community, having co-edited the seminal book Security and Usability (O'Reilly, 2005) and founded the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). She also co-founded the Conference on Privacy Engineering Practice and Respect (PEPR). She chaired the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Specification Working Group at the W3C and authored the book Web Privacy with P3P (O'Reilly, 2002). More recently she was elected to the ACM CHI Academy, named an ACM Fellow for her contributions to usable privacy and security research and education, named an IEEE Fellow for her contributions to privacy engineering, and named an AAAS Fellow. She is also a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She has received an Alumni Achievement Award from the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis; the 2018 ACM CHI Social Impact Award; the 2018 International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Leadership Award; and (with colleagues) the 2018 IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Practice. She was previously a researcher at AT&T-Labs Research and taught in the Stern School of Business at New York University.

  • Erika Franklin Fowler

    Erika Franklin Fowler

    is Professor of Government at Wesleyan University where she directs the Wesleyan Media Project (WMP). Fowler specializes in large-scale analyses of political and health-related communication—from local media and campaign advertising in particular--in electoral and health policy settings. Her interdisciplinary work on the content and effect of messaging has been published in political science, communication, law/policy, and medical journals. She also co-authored  Political Advertising in the United States (Routledge, 2016), and she has led WMP’s expansion into computational analyses of digital advertising.

  • Amir Houmansadr

    Amir Houmansadr

    is an associate professor of computer science at UMass Amherst. He is broadly interested in the security and privacy of networked systems. To that end, he designs and deploys privacy-enhancing technologies, analyzes network protocols and services for privacy leakage, and performs theoretical analysis to derive bounds on privacy. Houmansadr has received several awards and recognitions including the 2013 IEEE S&P Best Practical Paper Award, a 2015 Google Faculty Research Award, an NSF CAREER Award in 2016, and a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2022.

  • Garrett Johnson

    Garrett Johnson

    is assistant professor, marketing at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He researches digital marketing: measuring its effectiveness and examining its privacy issues. His ad effectiveness research uses large-scale experiments to measure how and how much ads work. His privacy research both examines the impact of Europe's GDPR and studies the economics of identity in online advertising. Johnson has been awarded the Paul E. Green Award and the Weitz-Winer-O’Dell Award, both from the American Marketing Association, as well as the John D. C. Little Award.

  • Gary King

    Gary King

    is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. King develops and applies empirical methods in many areas of social science, focusing on innovations that span the range from statistical theory to practical application.

    King is an elected fellow in eight honorary societies  and has won more than 55 prizes and awards for his work. He has written more than 185 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and eight books.

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    King was elected President of the Society for Political Methodology and Vice President of the American Political Science Association. He has been a member of the senior editorial board at Science, visiting fellow at Oxford, and senior science advisor to the World Health Organization.  He proposed the now widely accepted standard for fairness in legislative redistricting known as "partisan symmetry," and the methods used by courts and parties to detect when partisan gerrymandering violates it. His “ecological inference” methods for inferring individual behavior from aggregate data are used in most jurisdictions applying the Voting Rights Act to detect racial gerrymandering. His book with Keohane and Verba, Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (Princeton University Press, 2021), helped launch the modern subfield of qualitative methods in political science; his book Unifying Political Methodology: The Likelihood Theory of Statistical Inference (University of Michigan Press, 1998) had a similar role for quantitative political methodology.

    King is also co-founder and an inventor of the original technology for Crimson Hexagon, Learning Catalytics, Thresher, Perusall, OpenScholar, and QuickCode. He has received 17 patents for these technologies.

  • Ada Lerner

    Ada Lerner

    is an assistant professor of computer science at Northeastern University's Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Their work focuses on usable security and privacy, with an emphasis on making technology serve the needs of all people through work on the security and privacy needs of marginalized populations, the effects of privacy law, and the ways that we can learn from and support specific communities’ privacy norms and practices.

  • Damon McCoy

    Damon McCoy

    is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He received his PhD, MS, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research focuses on security and privacy issues at the intersection of technology and society.

  • Wendy Seltzer

    Wendy Seltzer

    served for 10 years as Strategy Lead and Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), improving the web's security, privacy, and interoperability through standards. As a fellow with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Seltzer founded the Lumen Project, the pioneering transparency report to measure the impact of legal takedown demands online. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation and secure communication. She recently co-authored the second edition of Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2020).

  • Nina Taft

    Nina Taft

    is a senior staff research scientist at Google where she leads the Applied Privacy Research group. Taft received her PhD from UC Berkeley and worked in industrial research labs at SRI, Sprint Labs, Intel Berkeley Labs, and Technicolor Research, before joining Google.  She has chaired the SIGCOMM, IMC, and PAM conferences, has published over 90 papers, holds 10 patents, and currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute.

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    For many years, Nina worked in the field of networking, focused on internet traffic modeling, traffic matrix estimation, network protocols, and intrusion detection. In the last decade, she has been working on privacy-enhancing technologies with a focus on applications of machine learning for privacy. In 2017 she received the Top 10 Women in Networking N2Women Award.

  • Mitali Thakor

    Mitali Thakor

    is an assistant professor in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University with affiliations in Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her current book project, Facing the Child (MIT Press) is an ethnographic study of the global policing of child pornography. At Wesleyan, Thakor teaches courses on the history and theory of computing, feminist studies of A.I. and robotics, and cultural studies of science and technology. You can learn more about her work at www.mitalithakor.com.

  • Sebastian Zimmeck

    is an assistant professor at Wesleyan University's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Zimmeck's research and teaching interests are information privacy and security. He is developing privacy tech for the web and mobile app ecosystems. To help people exercise their privacy rights Zimmeck makes use of machine learning and program analysis techniques. He co-founded Global Privacy Control and is leading the privacy-tech-lab at Wesleyan.