The SPARTA Lab is currently looking for self-motivated students seeking a Ph.D. in Computer Science and interested in pursuing research in topics related to computational social science, online privacy, and Internet measurement. Send an email to "rishab[-]nithyanand[at]uiowa[dot]edu" with the subject "you NEED to hire me!" if you're interested in working with us and have a demonstrably strong background in any of the following areas: computer networking, statistics, text analytics, or experiment design.
We perform measurements and analysis to uncover how your data is shared between different entities in the online advertising and tracking ecosystem.
We study how nations around the world are deploying information controls mechanisms on the IPv6 Internet. We use this knowledge to improve the state-of-the-art in censorship circumvention mechanisms and tools.
We conduct large-scale audits of online platforms to understand how they impact their users.
We conduct measurements to improve our understanding of next-generation networking protocols such as IPv6, MultiPath TCP, and satellite communication.
We identify the different ways in which the Internet can be used to radicalize vulnerable individuals and design intervention techniques to prevent online radicalization.