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Tool to analyze the security, privacy of VPNs wins first place for applied security research in 2022

VPNalyzer has revealed a number of shortcomings in the design and implementation of popular virtual private networks. The paper earned first prize at New York University's CSAW '22 Applied Research Competition.

The same app can pose a bigger security and privacy threat depending on the country where you download it, study finds

Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.

Research on key VPN vulnerabilities recognized with two awards by USENIX Security

The study authored by Prof. Roya Ensafi's lab found that network administrators, like ISPs and governments, could easily detect and block the use of VPNs on a large scale.

Roya Ensafi speaks at Summit for Democracy

Ensafi joined other experts to discuss how tech built with democratic values at its core can strengthen rules-based governance worldwide.

Tool to analyze VPN security, privacy aids in Consumer Reports review

VPNalyzer was used by Consumer Reports to measure the effectiveness of popular consumer VPN providers.

Her fight for your rights

Could censorship end the internet as we know it? Not if Roya Ensafi can help it.

Censored Planet: Tracking internet censorship without on-the-ground participation

Censored Planet is releasing technical details for other researchers and for activists.

CSE researchers report over $11M in research grants last quarter

The awards were distributed to 18 different primary investigators.

Roya Ensafi named inaugural Consumer Reports Digital Lab Fellow

The new fellowship program was designed to study the effects of connected products and services.

CSE researchers help organize 10th anniversary workshop on internet freedom

Prof. Roya Ensafi and PhD candidate Reethika Ramesh led organizing efforts for USENIX’s Tenth Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet.

Real-time monitor tracks the growing use of network filters for censorship

The team says their framework can scalably and semi-automatically monitor the use of filtering technologies for censorship at global scale.

How Russia’s online censorship could jeopardize internet freedom worldwide

The nation is using inexpensive commodity equipment to block 170K domains on more than 1K privately-owned ISPs.

Best paper award for analysis of a decade of malware reports

The research suggests that common blacklist-based prevention systems are ineffective.

Online censorship detector aims to make the internet a freer place

Censored Planet could provide new insight into the flow of online information

Study reveals new data on region-specific website blocking practices

A team of researchers unearthed new data on geographic denial of access to web content in a new paper.

Three CSE faculty selected for Google Faculty Research Awards

Profs. Jia Deng, Roya Ensafi, and Manos Kapritsos have been selected to receive Google Faculty Research Awards.

Four New Faculty Join CSE

Meet the new arrivals.