Maaz Bin Musa

Maaz Bin Musa

3rd Year PhD student @ Department of Computer Science
The University of Iowa
Researcher at SPARTA Lab

curriculum vitae (last updated: june 2020)


I am currently a third year PhD student at the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science under the supervision of Dr. Rishab Nithyanand. Currently, I am a Research Assistant at Security, Privacy, and Anonymity Research Team (SPARTA Lab). I obtained my Bachelors from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES-FAST) Lahore in 2017, after which I worked at TPI (Technology for people initiative) Lab for a year working on media discourse and security.

research interests

My research interests are in the areas of security, privacy, and Internet measurement. More specifically, I enjoy research around data flows in online eco-systems such as measuring advertising and tracking online, tracking data misuse on social media and misinformation discourse online.


Spring 2021 (Teaching Assistant). Obejct Oriented Software Development (CS2820)
Fall 2020 (Teaching Assistant). Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (CS2630)
Spring 2020 (Teaching Assistant). Programming Language Concepts (CS3820)
Fall 2019 (Teaching Assistant). Computer Science I: Fundamentals (CS1210)


PDF CanaryTrap: Detecting Data Misuse by Third-Party Apps on Online Social Networks.
Shehroze Farooqi, Maaz Bin Musa, Zubair Shafiq and Fareed Zaffar.
Proceedings of Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, PETS 2020, July 2020.

recent updates

Tech Talk and ACM UIowa
PDF Introducing SPARTA Lab and Research Talk.
Passed Qualification Exam
PDF Report: Analyzing Data Gathering and Sharing Online.