Broader Impact

Protecting Personal Data Flow on the Internet: An NSF SaTC Frontier Project

Broader Impact

The broader impact of this Frontier project includes: (i) informing policymakers, nonprofit advocates, and industry players through interactions with relevant stakeholders, (ii) training next-generation graduate and undergraduate students jointly in technology and policy, and (iii) broadening participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and community college students.

BPC Leads

Sharnnia Artis
Access & Inclusion
BPC Director, UCI
Leyla Riley
Academic Innovation &
Partnerships, UCI

Faculty Leads

Athina Markopoulou
Project Director
WiCyS Faculty Advisor
UC Irvine
Alan Mislove
Associate Dean of
Undergraduate Programs,
Northeastern Univ.

Policy and Industry Events

The Center will organize events that bring together stakeholders from academia, industry, non-profit advocates and policy sectors, in the area of privacy-enhancing technologies and policy. To that end, we will seek to partner with the Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute (CPRI) at UCI and with the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at NEU. We will also reach out to the industry boards in our institutions and to our Advisory Committee.

Education and Outreach

The Education and Outreach activities will be led by Dr. Sharnnia Artis: the Assistant Dean for Access and Inclusion in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Her expertise is in inclusive education, student recruitment and retention, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. She will lead the project activities for Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) .

Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS)

The goal is to support the career development of undergraduate and graduate female students in computer science/engineering. We already have a chapter at UCI, and we plan the following activities:

  • Active chapters, across the four institutions.
  • SaTC Frontier supports 2 WiCyS colloquiums annually and WiCyS members to attend national conference
  • WiCys members will be mentors in BPC activities, e.g., Girls Maker Academy, Hackathons
  • WiCys members will actively participate in Cybersecurity & Policy Engagement Events

Curricular Innovation

We will create new courses, teaching modules, and will update curricula based on materials developed in this project, related to privacy and ethics. In addition, we will seek to broaden participation in computing by attracting women and non-majors into computer science. To that end, we will build on Co-PI’s A. Mislove initiatives at NU. For example, he has created alternative introductory programming courses that are co-taught across computer science and departments in other schools (e.g., social sciences), with data sets and specific problems from the respective domains. These classes were successful in drawing a higher fraction (over 40%) of female students when compared to our traditional introductory programming class, and students were predominantly non-computing majors. Through center-level activities, we will encourage such initiatives across institutions.

Outreach to Community Colleges

We will build on the INSPIRE summer program at UCI to offer 2-week program track specifically on cybersecurity. Our goals and plans include the following:

  • 10 Community College students/year
  • Years 1, 3, & 5 at UCI; Years 2 & 4 at NU
  • Team-based projects 
  • Experiential learning environment 

Outreach to K-12

We will build on the OC Stem Initiative, to reach out to K-12 students.

  • 1,500 K-12 students participated in academic programs
  • 245 K-12 students attended our summer camps
  • 280 educators in 23 OC School Districts participated in professional development programs and trainings 


This SaTC Frontier will build on existing hackathon events in our institutions and will support the following:

  • Organizing an Annual Project Hackathon.
  • Recruiting and supporting mentors for the hackathon, from WiCyS and other underrepresented students.
  • Transportation and expenses for participants from local Minority-Serving Institutions