LUCY SIMKO

I am currently a research scientist in the Usable Security and Privacy Lab at the George Washington University, working with Yasemin Acar.

I recently earned my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. I had the pleasure of being advised by Yoshi Kohno.

My dissertation work explored the relationship between change and vulnerability to security and privacy harms through four populations experiencing immense change. I suggest that change causes vulnerability in part due to the nature of change, and in part due to the design of technical and sociopolitical systems. I am broadly interested in the idea of vulnerability, and causes of vulnerability.

You can email me at lucy.simko at gwu.edu.

PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS

Humans and Vulnerability During Times of Change: Computer Security Needs, Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities
Lucy Simko. PhD dissertation, 2022.

Defensive Technology Use by Political Activists During the 2018-2019 Sudanese Revolution
Alaa Daffalla*, Lucy Simko*, Tadayoshi Kohno, Alexandru G. Bardas. IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, March/April 2022.
* co-first authors listed in alphabetical order.
Magazine article of our 2021 paper; selected for submission by the conference chairs.

Would You Rather: A Focus Group Method for Eliciting and Discussing Formative Design Insights with Children
Lucy Simko, Britnie Chin, Sungmin Na, Harkiran Kaur Saluja, Tian Qi Zhu, Tadayoshi Kohno, Alexis Hiniker, Jason Yip, and Camille Cobb. Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2021.
[ Practical guidance ] [ Talk ]

Defensive Technology Use by Political Activists During the Sudanese Revolution
Alaa Daffalla*, Lucy Simko*, Tadayoshi Kohno, Alexandru G. Bardas. IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland) 2021.
* co-first authors listed in alphabetical order.
[ Talk by Alaa Daffalla ]

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Privacy: A Longitudinal Study of Public Opinion
Lucy Simko, Jack Lucas Chang, Maggie Jiang, Ryan Calo, Franziska Roesner, Tadayoshi Kohno
ACM Digital Threats 2021: Research and Practice: Special Issue on Security and Privacy for Covid-19.
Earlier non-peer-reviewed versions: [ Version 2.0, December 2020 ] [ Version 1.0, May 2020 ]

A Privacy-Focused Systematic Analysis of Online Status Indicators
Camille Cobb, Lucy Simko, Tadayoshi Kohno, Alexis Hiniker. Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2020.
[ Talk by Camille Cobb]

User Experiences with Online Status Indicators
Camille Cobb, Lucy Simko, Tadayoshi Kohno, Alexis Hiniker. ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2020.

Computer Security and Privacy for Refugees in the United States
Lucy Simko, Ada Lerner, Samia Ibtasam, Franziska Roesner, Tadayoshi Kohno. IEEE Security and Privacy (Oakland) 2018.
[ Talk ]

Recognizing and Imitating Programmer Style: Adversaries in Program Authorship Attribution
Lucy Simko, Luke Zettlemoyer, Tadayoshi Kohno. Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) 2018.

CS/crypto activities for kids
With Camille Cobb, Anna Kornfeld Simpson, Ada Lerner, Eric Zeng, and Alex Takakuwa.

AwesomeBus
AwesomeBus is an interactive visualization of public transit in Seattle that allows Seattleites and visitors to explore bus routes. I worked on this project with Eric Zeng for our Data Visualization class in Spring 2016.