Hi 👋🏼 My name is Shiza!

I am a Graduate Student Researcher at the Security Lab (SeclaBU) at Boston University, under the advisory of Gianluca Stringhini. I have also collaborated with The International Data-driven Research for Advanced Modeling and Analysis Lab (iDrama Lab) and Socio-Technical Interaction Research Lab (STIR LAB).


My research expertise lies at the intersection of Machine Learning, Privacy, and Online Safety. Specifically, I employ cross-platform and multi-modal approaches to study the dissemination of abusive and risky behavior online. My ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between social science and computer science research fields in order to build safe online systems and develop innovative technology-based strategies to address privacy and security risks. Read more about my research here.

My work has been published in top-tier venues in HCI, Online Privacy and Security, and Web Measurement, including ACM CHI, CSCW, IEEE S&P, WebSci and has been reported by WIRED. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) .


2023  December Gave a talk on "Tackling Malicious Activity Online" at the University of Iowa
2023  November I was awarded "Rising Star in Social Computing and Tech Policy" by University of Iowa
2023  October Our paper "Sliding into My DMs: Detecting Uncomfortable or Unsafe Sexual Risk Experiences within Instagram Direct Messages." received the Impact Recognition award!
2023  August I got selected for the SIGCHI Gary Marsden Travel Award.
2023  May I received Research PhD. Fellowship Finalist Award at Meta.
2023  April Our papers titled "Getting Meta" and "Sliding into My DMs" got accepted at CSCW'23. Two papers yaayy!!
2022  August My Paper "Understanding the Digital Lives of Youth" got the Honorable Mention Award at CHI'22'!!
2022  April Our paper titled "Understanding the Digital Lives of Youth" got accepted at CHI'22!

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