Lin Kyi

Hello there! My name is Lin, and I am currently a first-year PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) under the supervision of Dr. Asia Biega.

My research focus is on data ethics and dark patterns, with a special focus on consent under the GDPR. I combine my knowledge of HCI, psychology, and quantitative + qualitative methods to investigate research questions, and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations.

Outside of direct research, I am also interested in academic outreach, specifically in expanding our ideas of what “computer science” research entails. If you are from the social sciences and interested in pivoting to computer science, please feel free to reach out to me and I’d be happy to chat!


External Funding

  • 2022: UC Berkeley Centre for Long-Term Cybersecurity research funding
  • 2019 - 2021: NSERC CREATE grant



  • July 2022: “Investigating How GDPR’s Legitimate Interest is Used and (Mis)Understood in Practice”, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity Symposium, Berkeley, USA
  • May 2022: “Elaborate Dark Patterns After Privacy Regulations”, Max Planck Law-Tech Symposium, Online
  • April 2020: “Personality and Password Management”, CRA-W Grad Cohort for Women Workshop, New Orleans, USA
    (this event was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19)

Relevant Work Experience

  • 2019 - 2021: Graduate Research Assistant, Carleton University
  • 2019 - 2021: Teaching Assistant, Carleton University (see below)
  • May - August 2020: UX Research Intern, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Ottawa, Canada
  • January - April 2019: UX Design Intern, JIC Design, Kingston, Canada

Teaching Assistantships

  • Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (COMP 3008), Carleton University, Winter 2021
  • Technical Writing for Computer Science (COMP 3301), Carleton University, Fall 2020
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 2700), Carleton University, Fall 2019/Winter 2020


  • Volunteer, Who Are You?! Adventures in Authentication Workshop, 2021