Ben Kaiser

Keeping the web safe from fake news


I’m a 2nd-year PhD student in Computer Science at Princeton University advised by Jonathan Mayer in the Center for Information Technology Policy.

My background is in security and privacy, and my current work focuses on disinformation, digital media, and consumer protection.

I love to teach and mentor. I’ve taught computing and security basics to students of all ages through CodeCreative, LLCipher, RPISEC, and Princeton INTERFACE, among other groups. At Princeton, I am the teaching assistant for COS 448.

In my spare time, I like to make craft cocktails, play tennis, teach tricks to my dog, and read.


  • PhD in Computer Science, In progress

    Princeton University

  • MS in Computer Science, 2015

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • BS in Computer Science, 2015

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


(2020). Supporting Early and Scalable Discovery of Disinformation Websites. On arXiv.


(2020). An Empirical Study of Wireless Carrier Authentication for SIM Swaps. In submission.

Preprint Dataset Project website

(2019). Blockchain Technology: What Is It Good for?. In ACM Queue Vol. 17 Iss. 5.

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(2018). The Looming Threat of China: An Analysis of Chinese Influence on Bitcoin. On arXiv.

Preprint Code Slides

(2017). Environmental Authentication in Malware. In LATINCRYPT 2017.


(2016). A Formal Framework for Environmentally Sensitive Malware. In RAID 2016.


(2015). Computing on Masked Data to improve the security of big data. In IEEE HST 2015.



  • bkaiser@princeton.edu
  • 312 Sherrerd Hall, Princeton, NJ 08536
  • @bkaiser93