Miranda Wei


Computer Science

What Twitter Knows: Characterizing Ad Targeting Practices, User Perceptions, and Ad Explanations Through Users’ Own Twitter Data. Miranda Wei, Madison Stamos, Sophie Veys, Nathan Reitinger, Justin Goodman, Margot Herman, Dorota Filipczuk, Ben Weinshel, Michelle L. Mazurek, Blase Ur. USENIX Security Symposium, Aug. 2020.
[paper, slides]

Taking Data Out of Context to Hyper-Personalize Ads: Crowdworkers’ Privacy Perceptions and Decisions to Disclose Private Information. Julia Hanson*, Miranda Wei*, Sophie Veys, Matthew Kugler, Lior Strahilevitz, Blase Ur. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Apr. 2020. * This is a co-first authored publication.
[paper, slides]

Oh, the Places You’ve Been! User Reactions to Longitudinal Transparency About Third-Party Web Tracking and Inferencing. Ben Weinshel, Miranda Wei, Mainack Mondal, Euirim Choi, Shawn Shan, Claire Dolin, Michelle L. Mazurek, Blase Ur. ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Nov. 2019.
[paper, slides]

“What was that site doing with my Facebook password?” Designing Password-Reuse Notifications. Maximilian Golla, Miranda Wei, Juliette Hainline, Lydia Filipe, Markus Dürmuth, Blase Ur. ACM Computer and Communications Security (CCS), Oct. 2018.
[paper, slides]

“Exploring User Mental Models of End-to-End Encrypted Communication Tools.” Ruba Abu-Salma, Elissa Redmiles, Blase Ur, Miranda Wei. USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI), Aug. 2018.

“The Password Doesn’t Fall Far: How Services Influence Password Choice.” Miranda Wei, Maximilian Golla, Blase Ur. Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop (WAY), Aug. 2018.
[paper, slides]

“Your Secrets are Safe: How Browsers’ Explanations Impact Misconceptions About Private Browsing Mode.” Yuxi Wu, Panya Gupta, Miranda Wei, Yasemin Acar, Sascha Fahl, Blase Ur. TheWebConf (TheWebConf), Apr. 2018.
[paper, slides]

Political Science

“ISIS Anashid and the Logic of Imagined Communities.” Department of Political Science, Honors BA Thesis, May 2017.
[paper excerpt, poster presented at MPSA]

ISIS Campaign Propaganda Profile. CPOST Report for the Department of Defense, Sept. 2016.

“Eradicating suicide terrorism in Pakistan.” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 30, 2015. (co-written w/Prof. Robert Pape)

“Getting ISIS Out of Iraq.” The New York Times, Apr. 20, 2015. (co-written w/Prof. Robert Pape)


“Everything but the User: Reducing Password Reuse.” PasswordsCon, Nov. 2018.