Dr. Maritza Johnson aims to make it easier for people to enjoy technological advancements while worrying less about security and privacy. She’s an expert on human-centered security and privacy. Through her work she shapes how organizations design and deploy data systems. Teams bring her in to talk about user experience but the work inevitably goes much deeper than they expect.
Maritza is also the inaugural director of a new center for data science, AI, and society at the University of San Diego. Her industry experience includes working as a user experience researcher on identity, security, and privacy at Google, and as a technical privacy manager at Facebook. In 2018, she co-created a usable privacy and security course for UC Berkeley’s Master of Information and Cybersecurity program. She completed her PhD at Columbia University and wrote her dissertation on end-user access control, including researching whether people can correctly manage their Facebook privacy settings. In a few words, it’s complicated.