Melanie  Chen

Melanie Chen

Scholar Title

MIT EECS | Hewlett Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

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





Research Areas
  • Computer Systems

Ilaria Liccardi


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.”

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