Proactive Privacy Protections for Smartphone Users

photo of slide with name of thesis and presenter name

I spent my senior year at Wellesley working on thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ada Lerner. My goal was to synthesize existing work on protecting smartphone user data and to try to figure out why many of these excellent systems and tools hadn’t yet been adopted. I then developed a blueprint for a proactive privacy system to address these obstacles to adoption, after designing and conducting user surveys to inform the design of such a system.

Newspapers on Wikipedia (#NOW) Project

photo from wikipedia edit a thon -- lots of students working on laptops

Image from Wellesley Communications Office.

I worked with Prof. Eni Mustafaraj of Wellesley in the Cred Lab, focusing on misinformation on the web, for much of my undergraduate experience. One of the projects I worked on (inspired by my lab-mate Emma Lurie’s paper) was the NOW project led by Mike Caulfield. Through the project, we hoped to increase the visibility of legitimate local newspapers on the Web.

The project was covered by Wellesley College’s Daily Shot and resulted in a paper at 2019 Computation + Journalism symposium.


project header with two hands with a globe in between them, with each hand holding a smartphone

In Summer 2019, I worked in the HCI lab of Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll of the University of Oldenburg, as part of the IRES Ubicomp program co-directed by Dr. Andrew Kun of UNH and Dr. Orit Shaer of Wellesley. I was supervised by Prof. Dr. Torben Wallbaum and built FeelsLike to help long distance partners share significant emotional moments.

The Atlanta Map Room

Video by Chris Polack, hosted on pCloud.

I worked with Prof. Yanni Loukisass of Georgia Tech on the Atlanta Map Room, where we sought to make data about gentrification more tangible and empower Atlantans to add missing context to presented data. Tech’s news team wrote up a nice article about the Civic Data REU here, and here’s a link to a post we wrote for the Atlanta Studies Blog about the project.

Personal projects