Seda Gürses

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Seda Gürses is an FWO post-doctoral fellow at Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) in the Privacy Technologies Team at the Department of Electrical Engineering University of Leuven and an associate fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Policy at Princeton University. Prior to that Seda was a fellow at the Media, Culture and Communications Department at NYU Steinhardt and at the Information Law Institute at NYU Law School working together with a group of researchers under the leadership of Helen Nissenbaum. During her time at NYU, she was also was part of the Intel Science and Technology Center on Social Computing. In her research, she studies conceptions of privacy and surveillance in online social networks, requirements engineering, privacy enhancing technologies and identity management systems.

Outside of the university, she has been affilliated with a number of groups and initiatives. After many years of collaboration, she has become a member of the collective Constant VZW. One concrete outcome of that collaboration has been the course “networked social” at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique taught since 2012. She has also been a member and supporter of Alternatif Bilisim Dernegi, an association based in Turkey working on digital rights.

Seda was also part of the Privacy and Identity Management Group at COSIC/ESAT at the University of Leuven, led by Claudia Diaz and Bart Preneel, respectively. She completed her PhD titled Multilateral Privacy Requirements Analysis in Online Social Networks at the Arenberg School in the group HMDB of the Computer Science Department also in Leuven. Bettina Berendt and Bart Preneel were her supervisors.

Seda used to be the coordinator of the interdisciplinary project “Security and Privacy in Social Networks” (SPION) supported by the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) in Belgium. During this post, she organized an interdisciplinary conference on privacy, empowerment and technology in the context of online social networks titled For Your Eyes Only. In the past, she also participated as a researcher in two EU projects “Trusted Architecture for Securely Shared Services” (TAS³) and “Global Identity Networking of Individuals” (GINI) where she did research on privacy and security requirements engineering. (2019)

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