Johanna T. Gunawan

Northeastern University, Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute

Hi – I’m a PhD candidate in Cybersecurity at Northeastern University, advised by David Choffnes, Woodrow Hartzog, and Christo Wilson. Previously, I wrote docs for Rapid7 and Akamai Technologies, and graduated from the ALIGN program with my M.S. in Cybersecurity.

My research spans UX, privacy, consumer protections, and law. At present, I’m focusing on dark patterns and manipulative interfaces across multiple contexts – I also study surveillance technologies and privacy erosion.


Sep 22, 2023 Thankful to have attended PrivaCI on an NSF Student Travel Grant. I learned so much from the brilliant work presented; thank you to the organizers for a fantastic event!
Aug 28, 2023 Wrapped up my internship at MPI-SP and left Germany! Looking forward to continuing our project remotely and being back home in Boston.
Jul 15, 2023 Attended my first PETS in beautiful Lausanne. I’m looking forward to the upcoming year as a Program Committee member for PETS’24.
Jun 1, 2023 Thrilled to be at PLSC’23 – thank you to session participants on great feedback on our paper on the evidentiary requirements for dark patterns. Looking forward to the rest of the sessions.
May 1, 2023 Started work in Yixin Zou’s new Human-Centered Security and Privacy group at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP). It’s gonna be a great summer!