Gianluca Stringhini, assistant professor at Boston University will present the seminar “Computational Methods to Measure and Mitigate Weaponized Online Information.”


The Web has redefined the way in which malicious activities such as online harassment, disinformation, and radicalization are carried out. To be able to fully understand these phenomena, we need computational tools able to trace malicious activity as it happens and identify influential entities that carry it out. In this talk, Stringhini will present his efforts on developing tools to automatically monitor and model malicious online activities such as coordinated aggression and disinformation. He will then discuss possible mitigations against these harmful activities, keeping in mind the potential unintended consequences that might arise from suspending offending users. These computational techniques can enable scholars from multiple disciplines to develop new theories about malicious activity carried out on the Web, providing a significant contribution to society.


Gianluca Stringhini is an assistant professor in the ECE Department at Boston University. Gianluca works in the area of data-driven security, analyzing large datasets to better understand complex malicious online operations and developing mitigation techniques to fight them. He was awarded multiple awards including an NSF CAREER Award in 2020 and a Facebook Secure the Internet Grant in 2018, and his research won multiple Best Paper Awards, including one at IMC 2018. He has published in top security conferences such as CCS, NDSS, and USENIX Security, as well as top measurement and Web conferences such as IMC, ICWSM, and WWW.

This seminar is open to CyLab partners, CMU faculty, students and staff.

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