About

I am a Charge de Recherches (equivalent to Associate Professor) at CNRS in the SLIDE team at Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble, since October 2017. Prior to this I was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems working with Krishna Gummadi. I obtained my PhD in 2014 from the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris under the supervision of Renata Teixeira.

If you want to participate in our research install AdAnalyst. Our tool allows you to see who targets you with ads on Facebook and find the bad guys ;).

I am looking for motivated interns, PhD students and postdocs. If you are interested in working in security and privacy problems related to social computing and online advertising drop me an email with a brief statement of interest and a CV.

News

March 2021 New research preview from our group and NYU: Far-right news sources on Facebook more engaging. Also covered by Wired, CNN, and USA TODAY.
Jan 2021 Our paper Facebook Ads Monitor: An Independent Auditing System for Political Ads on Facebook has received the CNIL-Inria Privacy Protection Award 2020. Here is an interview in French that describes the work and the implications for law.
Jan 2021 More good news in January! I received a H2020 grant, so I will be looking to hire PhD students and postdocs! Drop me an email if you are interested!
Jan 2021 Our paper Understanding the Complexity of Detecting Political Ads has been accepted to The Web Conference 2021. The paper analyzes the ads that people disagree they are political. Congratulations Vera!
Sept 2020 Together with 30 civil societies we wrote a joint statement calling for Universal Advertising Transparency by Default. The statement was submitted to the DSA consultation. See the press release.
April 2020 Here are the slides and a recording of the presentation of our paper "Facebook Ads Monitor: An Independent Auditing System for Political Ads on Facebook" accepted to The Web Conference 2020 and received the Honorable Mention Award.
May/June 2019 Wrote two articles for The Conversation on my latest research: Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads and Publicité en ligne : reprenons la main !

Research Interests

I work on problems related to AI and Society. As a security and privacy researcher, I spend a lot of time thinking about how social media systems and online advertising can be used to negatively impact humans and society and what can we do against it.

In practice, we design measurement methodologies and experiments to understand problems in AI-based systems. We collect and work with data from real systems and real humans.

This topic is interdisciplinary by nature, we work with economists and cognitive scientists to better understand humans, and we work with legal scholars to find appropriate protective solutions.

If you want a quick glimpse of some of my lates research check the two articles I wrote for The Conversation: Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads and Publicité en ligne : reprenons la main !

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Former members

Tools

AdAnalyst A tool that provides aggregate statistics about the ads a user receives on Facebook

IdentityImpersonation A tool that allows users to check whether they are impersonated on Twitter

Service

    PC Co-chair: WWW 2015 PhD Symposium
    PC Member: APVP (2017), WebSci (2017, 2016), IEEE TrustCom (2016), SIMPLEX (2015)
    Award Committee: Data Transparency Lab - DTL 2017
    Reviewer: Elsevier Online Social Networks and Media, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE/ACM Trans- actions on Networking, ACM Transactions on the Web, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
    External reviewer: AAAI (2017), FC (2015), Euro S&P (2015), INFOCOM (2013), NDSS (2013), S&P (2013)

Open Positions

I am always looking for motivated interns, PhD students and postdocs. If you are interested in working in security and privacy problems related to social computing and online advertising drop me an email with a brief statement of interest and a CV.

Personal

(sometime before 2016) Patrick Loiseau is my wonderful husband. It is rather cool be able to work together and do science over a glass of wine.
Update 1 (sometime in 2017): ... after our son goes to bed .
Update 2 (sometime in 2018-2019): This statement is no longer true after the birth of our second son... we are just walking zombies amazed another day passed and we are still alive!
Update 3 (april 2020): Life continues to be crazy with these guys.