Susan Landau is Bridge Professor in Cybersecurity and Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Prior to her appointment at Tufts, Landau was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and held an important position at Google as Senior Staff Privacy Analyst.
Landau received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, and her master’s degree at Cornell. She received her Ph.D. from MIT. Landau’s work has had a substantial impact on key areas of computer science, notably in core work on the properties of computer algorithms. She discovered an algorithm for solving an important class of problems, now known as Landau’s Algorithm in her honor. At Sun Microsystems, she was an internet security specialist for over a decade. A recognized computer security expert, Landau testified at the high-profile FBI-Apple encryption dispute in 2015 and 2016, arguing the reducing the security of iPhones would only encourage additional terrorist activity. Landau is also active in issues involving women in science and computing, and maintains a popular online bibliography of important contributions from women in computer science.
Landau received the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award in 2008. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1999) as well as an ACM fellow (2011). Her book Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies was published by MIT Press in 2012, and won the Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize.
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