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.

Research Themes

Advertising & Tracking

We perform measurements and analysis to uncover how your data is shared between different entities in the online advertising and tracking ecosystem.

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IPv6 Censorship

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.

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Platform Auditing

We conduct large-scale audits of online platforms to understand how they impact their users.

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Next-generation Networking

We conduct measurements to improve our understanding of next-generation networking protocols such as IPv6, MultiPath TCP, and satellite communication.

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Online Radicalization

We identify the different ways in which the Internet can be used to radicalize vulnerable individuals and design intervention techniques to prevent online radicalization.

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