Hi! I’m Sarah Radway, a first year Interdisciplinary PhD student in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy & Tufts University’s Department of Computer Science. I am advised by Prof. Susan Landau.

My interests lie at the intersection of technology and policy. Specifically, I am interested in how innovation and privacy may coexist, through the use of effective regulation and improved technological implementations.

In May of 2021, I graduated from Columbia University, where I was a CUSP Scholar, and was awarded the 2020 Kings Crown Leadership Award for Inclusion & Advocacy and the 2021 Department of Computer Science’s Theodore R. Bashkow Award. I completed a senior thesis, advised by Prof. Steven Bellovin, in which I propose a method of modeling the harm of a dataset, analyzing the risk of deanonymization given recent machine learning and database matching innovations.

Additionally, while at Columbia I completed a paper comparatively evaluating the accuracy and privacy performance of differential privacy (the de-identification method used by the Census Bureau in 2020) and swapping (the de-identification method used by the Census Bureau in 2010). My co-author and I presented this work at FCSM 2021 this fall, and it will be appearing at Oakland (IEEE S&P 2022) this Spring.

My most rewarding work, however, stems from outreach. I am passionate about introducing young women, especially those coming from underprivileged or underrepresented backgrounds, to computer science. I have worked hard to provide mentorship and found programs with these aims in NYC, and hope to do so in Boston as well.

In recent good news, I have just been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2022!

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