Are VPNs really the answer?New research shows that a VPN can be one tool in an internet user’s toolbox but often is not sufficient as the only solution for all privacy needs.
U-M researchers win Applied Networking Research Prize in partnership with Citizen Lab and Princeton CITPThe ANRP recognizes the most groundbreaking results in applied networking, research in Internet standards, and upcoming figures in the field.
Roya Ensafi named Morris Wellman ProfessorEnsafi’s research focuses on Internet security and privacy, with the goal of creating techniques and systems to better protect users online.
Tool to analyze the security, privacy of VPNs wins first place for applied security research in 2022VPNalyzer 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 findsSame app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.
Research on key VPN vulnerabilities recognized with USENIX Internet Defense Prize, Best Paper AwardThe 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 selected as finalist for ACUM Outstanding Advisor AwardEnsafi received a number of student nominations for the award.
Roya Ensafi speaks at Summit for DemocracyEnsafi 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 reviewVPNalyzer 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.