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Maritza Johnson





Computer Science Cybersecurity Privacy Research UX/UI

Maritza Johnson is a researcher at ICSI. Her broad research interests are in human-centered security and privacy with a focus on how end-users think about personal data management. Prior to joining ICSI she was a user experience researcher on Google's Identity team. Before that she was a technical privacy manager on Facebook's public policy team where she worked as a liaison to the external community on privacy research, designed the first research review process, and contributed to the company’s privacy cross-functional team for new products.

Her academic experience includes a postdoc at UC Berkeley where she worked on mobile device permission systems with Professor David Wagner. She completed her PhD in computer science at Columbia University with Professor Steve Bellovin and wrote her dissertation on end-user access control management with a focus on Facebook privacy settings.

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Keywords: Human-centered privacy and security, user research, designing end-user products for privacy, evaluating the effectiveness of data privacy user experiences