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Dr Tariq Elahi

Lecturer in Security and the Internet of Things, Lecturer in Security and the internet of things

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Privacy-preserving Data Analytics, Censorship Resistance Systems, Anonymous Communications

Current Research Interests

I research computer and network security and privacy enhancing technologies (PETs) with an emphasis on effective, efficient, and robust deployments. My research has, and continues to, span the systematization and the game-theoretic analysis of censorship resistance and circumvention systems, security analysis and designs of anonymous communication systems, and privacy-preserving data collection in privacy-sensitive scenarios. I am interested in novel applications and enhancements to PETs techniques and strategies to exotic environments, such as Smart Cities where standard trust and availability assumptions need not apply.


I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and was fortunate to have Ian Goldberg as my supervisor. My thesis centered on censorship resistance systems and analyses of their security and privacy properties. I received my MSc from Royal Holloway - University of London under the supervision of Kenny Paterson where I investigated anonymous communications and file sharing systems.

I am grateful to be the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Postdoctoral Fellowship (NSERC-PDF). I am also grateful for having received the NSERC Doctoral Scholarship, the Cheriton Graduate Scholarship, the Blackberry Graduate Scholarship, and the Queen Elizabeth II Science and Technology Scholarship during my doctoral studies.

Research outputs

  1. Inside Job: Applying Traffic Analysis to Measure Tor from Within

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. The Loopix Anonymity System

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. A Framework for the Game-theoretic Analysis of Censorship Resistance

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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