The overall goal of the CU CyberSafety Research Center, founded in the Department  of  Computer  Science at the University of Colorado Boulder,  is to  make  the  Internet safer for  its  users.  The theme of safety is an  important  emerging research topic on  the  Internet that manifests  itself  daily  as  users  navigate  the Web  and  networked applications.  For example, one of our cybersafety research projects focuses on the  issue  of  making  social  network  users  safer  from cyberbullying threats  and intimidation.  Another  of  our  cybersafety research  projects  seeks to make both mobile and online video chat safer from the  threat of flashers.  We  will  continue to pursue these and  other  exciting  research  projects  that  integrate  the  theme of CyberSafety.

We are now sharing the dataset related to your cyberbullying research on Instagram, Vine and Ask.fm. You can find more information here.

We have now developed an app for parents to monitor their kids' activities in Instagram social network and get notifications when a potential cyberbullying instance takes place. Link to the app: LINK

- We wish to acknowledge financial support for this research from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) through grant CNS 1162614. 

Latest news!


BullyAlert App is being featured in several news medias!

posted Jun 14, 2018, 6:59 AM by cu cybersafety   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 7:00 AM ]

Our Android app BullyAlert has been featured in several news media outlets. Below are some of their links:
2. KDVR

CyberSafety 2018!

posted Mar 30, 2018, 9:49 AM by cu cybersafety   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 9:53 AM ]

We are organizing The Third Workshop on Computational Methods in CyberSafety, Online Harassment and Misinformation, co-located with The Web Conference, 2018, to be held in Lyon, France.  More can be found by visiting the Workshop Website.

Looking for a bright marketing intern!!

posted Feb 15, 2018, 7:40 AM by cu cybersafety

We are looking for a business undergrad with marketing background to help us in getting more exposure for our mobile application BullyAlert. Our lab, called CU CybserFafety Research Center, as a part of its ongoing research on cyberbullying in online social networks, have developed an android app BullyAlert that enables parents to monitor their kids' activities on social networks and alert them when a potential cyberbullying instance takes place. To help further the research, we need the potential intern to help us market and/advertise this application effectively to the potential users.

Details about the internship:

Company Description: Research project on Cyberbullying at CU CyberSafety Research Center by Professor Richard Han.
Position Description: Marketing person needed to further the visibility of the developed Android application to potential users.
Hours per week: Up to 5 (five)
Pay per hour: $15/hour
Location: Able to work remotely. Should be able to join our weekly meetings to provide updates.
Start-end Date: Approximately from the week of February  19 to April 19
How to apply: Please send your resume to this email: rahat.rafiq@colorado.edu

Paper Accepted in SAC 2018 (The 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing)

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:46 AM by cu cybersafety   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 6:39 AM ]

Our paper titled "Scalable and Timely Detection of Cyberbullying in Online Social Networks" have been accepted at SAC 2018 (The 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing), to be held at Pau France! Link to the paper is below.

BullyAlert Android App!

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:08 AM by cu cybersafety   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 11:09 AM ]

We have developed and published an android app for parents to monitor their kids activities in Instagram social networks and get notifications when a potential cyberbullying instance takes place. Download it from google play here: LINK

Our Research Features in CU Engineering Magazine

posted Jan 14, 2017, 10:25 AM by cu cybersafety

Our research works have been featured in the CU Engineering magazine! More can be found here: http://www.colorado.edu/cuengineering/2016/04/05/researchers-tackle-cyberbullying

CyberSafety 2017

posted Jan 14, 2017, 10:24 AM by cu cybersafety

We are organizing the Second International Workshop on Computational Methods for Cybersafety, co-located with WWW 2017 at Perth, Australia  More can be found by visiting the workshop website:  https://cybersafety2017.github.io/

SNAM 2016

posted Nov 28, 2016, 8:55 AM by cu cybersafety

Rahat Ibn Rafiq, Homa Hosseinmardi, Richard Han, Shivakant Mishra, Qin Lv, "Analysis and detection of labeled cyberbullying instances in Vine, a video-based social network", accepted in the Journal of Social Network Analysis and Mining, Volume:6, Issue:1. 

CyberSafety 2016!

posted Jun 21, 2016, 10:33 PM by cu cybersafety   [ updated Jun 25, 2016, 2:06 PM ]

We are organizing a new workshop on Cybersafety research topics at the CIKM 2016 Conference, including cyberbullying.  We welcome paper submissions by the deadline of

Manuscript submission: July 25, 2016
Acceptance notification: August 22, 2016
Camera-ready submission: September 1, 2016
Workshop: October 28, 2016
 
More information is below and at http://cybersafety2016.github.io/

ASONAM 2016!

posted Jun 21, 2016, 10:21 PM by cu cybersafety   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:56 PM ]

Homa Hosseinmardi, Rahat Ibn Rafiq, Richard Han, Shivakant Mishra, Qin Lv, "Prediction of Cyberbullying Incidents in a Media-based Social Network", accepted in International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2016).

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