Rishab Nithyanand

Security & Privacy Researcher
Off Campus


I am currently a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York. My research interests are in the areas of security, privacy, and Internet measurement. More specifically, I enjoy research geared towards defending anonymity, understanding Internet censorship, measuring aspects of the advertising and tracking ecosystem, and generally understanding the impact of the Internet on the sociopolitical realities of today. In the past, I dabbled in usable security and computer theory.


In June 2017, I obtained my Ph.D. from Stony Brook University where I was lucky to be co-advised by Rob Johnson and Phillipa Gill. My dissertation focused on building defenses for various attacks on the Tor anonymity network. For a few months after graduating (July-September 2017), I was a post-doctoral researcher at theUniversity of Massachusetts in Amherst. A long long time ago (2008), I got my bachelors from SRM University (India) and my masters from the University of California at Irvine (2010) where I was advised by the amazing Gene Tsudik. Along the way I've also worked at ICSI (as a visiting researcher), Qualcomm Research (as a research intern), Computer Associates (as a software engineer), and Sandia National Labs (as a contractor).