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Christo Wilson

Christo Wilson

Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science

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3Qs: The cat-​​and-​​mouse game of blocking digital ads

If you were using Face­book on a desktop last week, you may have noticed that your ad-​​blocking soft­ware was being blocked. That was a move by Face­book. We asked two North­eastern pro­fes­sors to explain how new strate­gies and tech­nolo­gies are changing the dig­ital land­scape for users, con­tent providers, and advertisers.

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How the Democratic Party’s email fiasco will affect the presidential race

The release of nearly 20,000 Demo­c­ratic National Com­mittee emails by Wik­ileaks on Friday cre­ated havoc within the party and forced the res­ig­na­tion of DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rumors of Russia’s alleged involve­ment in the data breech added fur­ther intrigue to the story. We asked three North­eastern experts to weigh in on how the data dump will impact the elec­tion, the voting process, and the cyber­se­cu­rity of polit­ical parties.

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Researchers challenge federal law in attempt to prevent ‘Big Data’ discrimination

Northeastern’s Alan Mis­love and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algo­rithms e-​​commerce and other web­sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion. Now the ACLU has sued the gov­ern­ment on their and others’ behalf so they can con­tinue to do so without prosecution.

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Northeastern researchers find that Amazon might not always be pitching you the best prices

A team led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson shows that Amazon is much more likely to point buyers to sellers who use an auto­mated prac­tice called algo­rithmic pricing, even though those sellers’ prices may be higher than others’.

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Researchers reveal inconsistent borders in online maps

Google and Bing maps of some coun­tries show users dif­ferent bor­ders based on where the users live. It’s how gov­ern­ments claim sov­er­eignty over dis­puted bor­ders. Researchers led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson have devel­oped a com­put­er­ized system to reveal the manip­u­la­tions: It crawls online maps con­tin­u­ously, tracking and recording every border shift over time.

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Northeastern researchers unlock details of Uber’s surge pricing—and suggest ways to avoid it

A research team led by North­eastern assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson cracked open the algo­rithm that drives Uber’s surge pricing. The team exam­ined ‘surge regions’ within cities and reports find­ings that reveal tips on how con­sumers might avoid the inflated prices.

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Faculty experts weigh in on Volkswagen scandal

VW’s admitted instal­la­tion of soft­ware in diesel cars to cheat emis­sions tests raises ques­tions in fields ranging from law and busi­ness to the envi­ron­ment, public health, and tech­nology. We asked North­eastern fac­ulty experts to dis­cuss these issues.

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3Qs: Online shoppers ‘Primed’ for huge deals

Web per­son­al­iza­tion expert Christo Wilson holds forth on Amazon Prime Day, the latest man­u­fac­tured shop­ping day to promise big sav­ings on scores of prod­ucts, and offers up some tips for online shop­pers looking to exer­cise their con­sumer freedom.

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Take 5: The impact of Web personalization

Google’s short-​​term memory and travel web­sites over­charging shop­pers are just two of the things we learned from assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson’s lec­ture on Web personalization.

06/08/15 - BOSTON, MA. - Dr. Christo Wilson, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science, discussed Measuring and Understanding Personalization of Web Services, as a part of the Minds over Matters: NUterm Faculty Speaker Series held in the Raytheon Amphitheater at Northeastern University on June 8, 2015. Staff Photo: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Social networks’ hidden resources

Assis­tant pro­fessor Brooke Fou­cault Welles is studying how people can better under­stand and leverage their social net­works to iden­tify valu­able and pre­vi­ously unno­ticed con­nec­tions or resources. She says this work could be par­tic­u­larly valu­able for the military.

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Study: some online shoppers pay more than others

A new study co-​​authored by a team of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity fac­ulty and stu­dents has found numerous instances of price steering and dis­crim­i­na­tion on many pop­ular e-​​commerce retail and travel web­sites. That’s not nec­es­sarily a bad thing, they say—so long as the com­pa­nies are transparent.

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3Qs: When Web reviews aren’t what they seem

Crowd­sourced social media plat­forms such as Face­book and Yelp are increas­ingly being infil­trated by fake accounts and reviews that cloud the legit­i­macy of some online rating sys­tems. Assis­tant pro­fessor Christo Wilson dubbed this phe­nom­enon “crowd­turfing,” and he’s deter­mined to make these sys­tems more secure.

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Tweeting under pressure

Cen­sor­ship on the Chi­nese ver­sion of Twitter does little to stifle dis­course, according to researchers in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Com­puter and Infor­ma­tion Science.

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