Melanie Chen

Melanie  Chen
MIT EECS | Hewlett Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Ilaria Liccardi
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Computer Systems
Years: 2018-2019
Research Project Title:

Exposing the Invisible Surveillance Behind Every Day, Web-Browsing Activities

abstract:Privacy has become an increasingly important issue in today’s internet age. This project addresses the surveillance that happens online in daily browsing activity in which websites collect metadata from unknowing users. We aim to build a tool that will reveal to users what sorts of metadata a website would collect from them, and then conduct experiments to examine how this awareness of surveillance affects users' browsing habits.

"I am participating in SuperUROP because I hope to gain experience in conducting research on topics that are tangible to more people and because I believe internet privacy is an important issue that requires more attention. I will apply my background in web development to develop our primary tool for tracking metadata, and I am incredibly excited to learn from the results of our experiment."