Lorrie Cranor

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Lorrie Faith Cranor is the director of the Carnegie Mellon Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University[1][2] and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation Board of Directors. She is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University.[3] Previously she was a researcher at AT&T Labs-Research[4] and taught in the Stern School of Business at New York University. She has authored over 100 research papers on online privacy, phishing and semantic attacks, spam, electronic voting, anonymous publishing, usable access control, and other topics.[5]

Cranor was a member of the first class to graduate from the Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science Magnet Program at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD.[6] She received a bachelor's degree in Engineering and Public Policy, Master's Degrees in Technology and Human Affairs, an M.S. in Computer Science, and a Doctorate in Engineering and Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.[3]

Cranor led the development of the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) Project at the World Wide Web Consortium and authored the book Web Privacy with P3P. She also led the development of the Privacy Bird P3P user agent and the Privacy Finder P3P search engine.

Cranor has played a key role in building the usable privacy and security research community, having co-edited the book Security and Usability (O'Reilly 2005) and founded the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS). In 2003, she was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[7][8]

In 2013, Cranor's Security Blanket won Honorable Mention in the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge presented by Science (journal) and the National Science Foundation.[9] She gave a TEDx talk in March 2014 entitled, "What's Wrong with your pa$$w0rd."[10]

Lorrie Faith Cranor was elected to ACM Fellow For contributions to research and education in usable privacy and security. [11]


  1. ^ Pfister, Bonnie Web tool detects something phishy, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review December 11, 2007
  2. ^ Lenz, Ryan In Indiana phishing study, students take the bait, Associated Press, July 23, 2007
  3. ^ a b "Lorrie Cranor - Carnegie Mellon University Cylab". Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Schwartz, John Is Legal Action Against File Swappers Good Business? New York Times, September 15, 2003
  5. ^ "Lorrie Faith Cranor - Google Scholar Citations". Google Scholar. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Zhou, Xinyi (Winter 2014). "Usable Privacy: Lorrie Faith Cranor '89". Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "2003 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Lorrie Cranor's biography on Technology Review's 2003 Young Innovators Under 35
  9. ^ "2013 Visualization Challenge". Science 343 (6171): 600–610. 7 February 2014. doi:10.1126/science.343.6171.600. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lorrie Cranor: What's wrong with your pa$$w0rd". TED. March 2014. 
  11. ^ ACM Fellows 2014

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