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Christo Wilson


Professor Wilson’s research interests are broadly focused on security, privacy, and transparency on the web. Specific active areas of interest include: algorithm auditing, which uses controlled experiments to understand whether black-box algorithmic systems are unfair or discriminatory; understanding online tracking and developing techniques to improve online privacy; and measuring and improving public key infrastructures like SSL/TLS and DNSSEC.


  • PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MS in Computer Science, College of Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BS in Computer Science, College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara


Christo Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. He is a founding member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at Northeastern, and serves as director of the BS in Cybersecurity program. He is a 2019 Sloan Fellow and a 2019-2020 Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Professor Wilson received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, working under Professor Ben Y. Zhao. His work is supported by an NSF CAREER award, the Sloan Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Data Transparency Lab, the European Commission, Google, and Verisign Labs.

Professor Wilson’s research has earned widespread recognition. He has received best paper awards at SIGCOMM, NDSS, and ICWSM, and honorable mentions at CHI and CSCW. His work on improving TLS security was recognized with an IEEE Cybersecurity Award for Innovation, and his work on understanding the impact of policy on DNSSEC deployment was honored with an IRTF/Internet Society Applied Networking Research Prize. Additionally, Professor Wilson’s work to model the privacy implications of online advertising received a Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award from the Future of Privacy Forum. His work has been covered extensively in the press, including the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.

Professor Wilson is an active member of several academic communities. In 2018, he served as co-General Chair of the inaugural ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), and he continues to serve on the conference’s executive committee. He regularly serves on the program committees for conferences such as IMC, WWW, ICWSM, IEEE Security and Privacy, and PETS.