About Me

"Kyi" can be pronounced like "Key"
I write about why I prefer it pronounced this way here.

Hi! My name is Lin, and I am a PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) where I am fortunate to be supervised by Asia Biega. 

I am a mixed-methods researcher interested in user-centred online consent. Combining my background in HCI, privacy, and psychology, I take a user-centred approach to understand how we can revamp the current online consent ecosystem to ensure data is obtained more ethically. 

I have presented my work and have engaged with privacy stakeholders across Europe and the US, such as the French Data Protection Authority, NOYB, and soon with the Future of Privacy Forum. My work has also won the Council of Europe's 2024 Rodotà Award in Data Protection, and has been featured in the AI Ethics Brief from the Montreal Institute of AI Ethics. 

My CV can be found here: PDF (February 2024)

Education

PhD in Computer Science at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (Bochum, Germany)
Supervisor: Asia Biega
Research Interests: Online consent, ethical data collection, deceptive design
September 2021 - Present

MA in Human-Computer Interaction at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
I was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Supervisor: Elizabeth Stobert
Thesis: “End User Mental Models of Social Engineering Attacks” [PDF]
2019 - 2021

BA (Honours) in Psychology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
2015 - 2019

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Due to my unexpected (and very exciting!) journey into computer science research, I want to expand our ideas of what “computer science” is to encourage more diversity in this field. Stereotypes about computer science and computer scientists can deter many women and underrepresented groups from pursuing a career in this discipline [read more].

Stumbling upon this wonderful career path after taking a course on design in undergrad has led me to realize how broad computer science is. Just look at the interesting and interdisciplinary work being published at top computer science venues such as CHI, CSCW, FAccT, among others to understand how this discipline can be used to improve and understand human life and society.

If you are from the social sciences and interested in pivoting to computer science, please feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to chat.