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Nguyen Phong Hoang

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Chicago

Thank you for visiting my homepage. I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at University of Chicago, working with Professor Nick Feamster. I am also affiliated with The Citizen Lab at University of Toronto as a research fellow.

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My research interests are in the general areas of network security, online privacy, and Internet measurement. Specifically, by designing new systems and techniques to collect large-scale and longitudinal datasets, my research aims to improve the security of networked systems and reinforce the privacy of our online communications. Recently, this research goal has led me to focus on designing novel methods to (1) monitor information controls at scale by building systems for global and longitudinal measurements, and (2) evaluate and improve the effectiveness of domain name encryption protocols which have been proposed to enhance user privacy, e.g., DNS over HTTPS, and Encrypted Client Hello in TLS.

I obtained my PhD from The State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2021 under the supervision of Professor Michalis Polychronakis. I was the first senior fellow to receive two full 12-month OTF’s Information Controls Fellowships, securing more than $120K in research funding during my PhD as a principal investigator. This support has provided me with opportunities to visit and collaborate with several interdisciplinary groups, including The Citizen Lab at University of Toronto and the networking research group of Professor Phillipa Gill at University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

While I have been writing and publishing research papers under the name Nguyen Phong Hoang (abbrv NP Hoang), my Vietnamese name is Hoàng Nguyên Phong {family name: Hoàng, given name: Nguyên Phong}. So for the ease of pronunciation, I often go by Phong or フォン if you speak 日本語 (I spent the best six years of my youth in Japan).

Publications

Measuring and Evading Turkmenistan's Internet Censorship
How Great is the Great Firewall? Measuring China's DNS Censorship
Assessing the Privacy Benefits of Domain Name Encryption
ICLab: A Global, Longitudinal Internet Censorship Measurement Platform

Posts

"Assessing the Privacy Benefits of Domain Name Encryption" presented at Internet Engineering Task Force 110 Meeting

We are grateful to Dr. Mirja Kühlewind and Dr. Dave Plonka for giving us a chance to present our work on Assessing the Privacy Benefits …

"K-resolver" presented at NDSS MADWeb 2020

We are happy to have our paper entitled “K-resolver: Towards Decentralizing Encrypted DNS Resolution” accepted at NDSS …

An Empirical Study of the I2P Anonymity Network and its Censorship Resistance

In this blog post, we summarize the outcomes of our project entitled “An Empirical Study of the I2P Anonymity Network and its …

Cloud-based Censorship Resistant I2P Reseeding

From early March until April, 2019, we conducted measurements from 1.7K network locations located in 164 countries to examine the …

Guidelines to set up an I2P reseed server over Cloudflare

Based on the original definition from I2P homapage, a reseed server consists of a Java I2P router, an HTTPS web server, and some …

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Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in research outputs (published papers, talks, blog postings, etc.) are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.