Eric Zeng

About Me

I'm a PhD student studying Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. My advisor is Franzi Roesner. My research is generally on computer security and privacy, with a specific focus on usable security and privacy.

I'm particularly interested in understanding how to design systems and user interfaces that address the security and privacy needs of the end users of current and emerging technologies. I use a broad set of methods in my research, such as designing and building more usable and secure systems, conducting user studies to better understand people's security and privacy needs and behaviors, and measuring security and privacy issues and interventions at large scale.

When I'm not working, I enjoy running, hiking, cycling, skiing, making music, and watching Mariners baseball.

Research

Fixing HTTPS Misconfigurations: An Experiment with Security Notifications

Eric Zeng, Frank Li, Emily Stark, Adrienne Porter Felt, Parisa Tabriz
Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (2019)

Technology-Enabled Disinformation: Summary, Lessons, and Recommendations

John Akers, Gagan Bansal, Gabriel Cadamuro, Christine Chen, Quanze Chen, Lucy Lin, Phoebe Mulcaire, Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, Matthew Rockett, Lucy Simko, John Toman, Tongshuang Wu, Eric Zeng, Bill Zorn, Franziska Roesner
University of Washington Technical Report UW-CSE-18-12-02 and arXiv:1812.09383 (2018).

End User Security and Privacy Concerns with Smart Homes

Eric Zeng, Shrirang Mare, Franziska Roesner
13th Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (2017)
[ Slides ]

Confidante: Usable Encrypted Email - A Case Study with Lawyers and Journalists

Ada (Adam) Lerner*, Eric Zeng*, Franziska Roesner
2nd IEEE European Symposium on Security & Privacy (2017)
[ Confidante website and downloads ] [ Slides ]

*Co-first authors listed in alphabetical order

Industry Experience

Google - Chrome Usable Security

Software Engineering Intern
Jun 2017 - Sep 2017

Twitter - Ads Billing

Software Engineering Intern
Jun 2015 - Sep 2015

Google - Chrome Extensions

Software Engineering Intern
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

Google - YouTube Content Protection

Engineering Practicum Intern
Jun 2013 - Sep 2013