Smirity Kaushik is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in Information Management at the iSchool. She is also an Information Management Faculty Engagement Scholarship (IMFES) award scholar, giving her the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant in the Social Computing Systems Lab (SALT) at the iSchool.
At the SALT lab, her research lies at the cross-section of digital, social, and legal challenges in the field of privacy and security for emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). She co-authored a publication in the 2018 CHI conference in Montreal, Canada on the Privacy by Design (PbD) tools for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is also the Events Chair and the executive board member of the Women in Technology (WiT) Club at the iSchool. Most recently, she was awarded the 2018 Grace Hopper Conference Scholar award, giving her an opportunity to represent Syracuse University at the world’s largest gathering of women in computing.
Smirity completed her LL.B. (J.D. equivalent) from University of Delhi, India before joining the iSchool. During her time in the law school, she was an avid mooter and the President of Moot Court Society. She also developed a strong interdisciplinary background in cyber law, data privacy, and technology through various internship experiences and published research work in the field of emerging technologies.