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Christo Wilson

Associate Professor

Director of the BS in Cybersecurity Program

Christo Wilson


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
615 Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Christo Wilson, 635 ISEC
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

Professor Wilson’s research interests are broadly focused on security, privacy, and transparency on the Web. Specific areas of interest include online tracking, the impact of algorithms on the Web, online social networks, and crowdsurfing and propaganda on social media.


  • PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MS in Computer Science, College of Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BS in Computer Science, College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara


Christo Wilson is an Associate Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. Professor Wilson received his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, working under Professor Ben Y. Zhao. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from UCSB in 2012 and received a Best Paper Award at SIGCOMM in 2011. He received an NSF CAREER Award in 2016, and his work is funded by Verisign, the Data Transparency Lab, the Knight Foundation, and the European Commission.

Professor Wilson performed the first large-scale measurements of Facebook in 2008 to understand how users form friendships and interact. These insights about the behavior of normal people enabled Professor Wilson to develop novel techniques for combating spam and fake accounts on social networks, even when the attacks are perpetrated by real people instead of automated software bots. These techniques have been successfully deployed on LinkedIn and Renren. Professor Wilson has shared anonymized social network datasets with over 500 research groups around the world and continues to open-source the code and data from his work examining algorithms and personalization on the Web.

Professor Wilson helped organize the first annual ACM Conference on Online Social Networks (COSN), and continues to serve on the program committees for several conference, including WWW, IMC, and ICWSM. His work has been covered extensively in the press, including the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post.