Ada (Adam) Lerner

PhD Candidate in Computer Science, University of Washington


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I am a 6th year PhD student in the Security and Privacy Research Lab in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. My interests include privacy, web tracking, anonymity and censorship resistance. My research is all about building and measuring things, including tools to measure web tracking over the past twenty years, usable encrypted email tools, an empirical study of the use of QR codes in the wild, an Android app for censorship circumvention, tools to measure censorship on the internet, or the evaluation of a card game created by my lab to get people excited about computer security.
I earned an M.S. from UW in 2014 and a B.A. from Amherst College in 2010, both in Computer Science. I'm still a student at the University of Washington where I've been studying toward my PhD since Winter of 2012. I expect to complete my PhD in 2017.


Confidante: Usable Encrypted Email - A Case Study With Lawyers and Journalists. Ada (Adam) Lerner, Eric Zeng, and Franziska Roesner. 2nd IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy (EuroS&P), April 2017.
Internet Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Trackers: An Archaeological Study of Web Tracking from 1996 to 2016. Adam Lerner, Anna Kornfeld Simpson, Tadayoshi Kohno, and Franziska Roesner. 25th USENIX Security Symposium, August 2016.
Analyzing the Use of Quick Response Codes in the Wild. Adam Lerner, Alisha Saxena, Kirk Ouimet, Ben Turley, Anthony Vance, Tadayoshi Kohno, Franziska Roesner. 13th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), May 2015.
Cryptographic Currencies from a Tech-Policy Perspective: Policy Issues and Technical Directions. Emily McReynolds, Adam Lerner, Will Scott, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno. 2nd Workshop on Bitcoin Research, January 2015.
Control-Alt-Hack: The Design and Evaluation of a Card Game for Computer Security Awareness and Education. Tamara Denning, Adam Lerner, Adam Shostack, and Tadayoshi Kohno. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS '13), 2013.