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Prof. Anindya Ghose & Collaborators Awarded $2 million NSF Grant to Study Security & Privacy Issues

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Anindya Ghose, NYU Stern Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, and his NYU collaborators were awarded a $2.124 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) based on the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship For Service (SFS) program for research and teaching of security and privacy issues on the Internet and other critical information infrastructure.

The three-year grant was given to Ghose and four professors from New York University and NYU-Poly (the Polytechnic Institute of NYU) – Nasir Menon and Ramesh Karri of NYU-Poly, Helen Nissenbaum of NYU Steinhardt and Rae Zimmerman from NYU Wagner – to provide funding for their interdisciplinary program, “ASPIRE: An SFS Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education”. The grant will support faculty research and curriculum innovation. It will also provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students participating in the program in order to stimulate the growth of a cadre of scholars with expertise in security and privacy issues.

This NYU-wide collaboration will focus on identifying and providing practical, cost effective solutions to information security and privacy problems from technical, ethical, policy and business perspectives. Ghose’s research and courseware activities, in particular, will focus on examining the impact of information security and privacy issues on the monetization of user-generated content and social media platforms on the Internet. This work will build on his research in the economics of user-generated content, Internet commerce and online advertising that is being supported by the prestigious NSF CAREER award and several highly competitive grants from Microsoft and other institutions.