The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) is proud to announce the recipients of our 2022 research grants. In total, 11 different student-led research groups have been awarded grants to support initiatives related to digital security issues emerging at the intersection of technology and society.
The 2022 grants will support studies on such important topics as algorithmic detection and moderation of gender-specific online abuse, privacy regulation and compliance, the social and psychological implications of targeted advertising on individuals with stigmatized health identities, and the transaction costs associated with cybersecurity governance frameworks in smart cities, among others. (See this page for a full list of this year’s projects.)
“This talented group of student-led research teams are asking important, challenging research questions at the forefront of the field,” says Chris Hoofnagle, Faculty Director of CLTC. “These projects will make meaningful contributions to the world of cybersecurity practices, technologies, policies, and more. Congratulations to our 2022 grantees.”
CLTC has also awarded the the 2022 Cal Cybersecurity Research Fellowship to two UC Berkeley graduate students: Emma Lurie, a UC Berkeley PhD student in the School of Information, and Conor Gilsenan, a UC Berkeley PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS). Lurie’s research focuses on how the policy choices of platforms and government agencies shape the online election information infrastructure. Gilsenan studies the impact of more usable account recovery mechanisms on users’ adoption and acceptance of multi-factor authentication (MFA). The Cal Cybersecurity Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.
In seven years of grantmaking, CLTC has seen cybersecurity challenges grow and evolve, along with the need for empirical research that aims to provide users and decision-makers with practical solutions. Many of the projects we have funded in previous grant cycles are yielding important results, including research on diversity challenges in the cyber talent pool, safeguards against adversarial machine learning, and the social and psychological impacts of misinformation.