Ruba Abu-Salma

Ruba Abu-Salma is a Lecturer in Computer Science at King’s College London (KCL). Ruba is affiliated with the Cybersecurity Group in the Department of Informatics. Her research is interdisciplinary. She works at the intersection of cybersecurity, privacy, human-computer interaction (HCI), and privacy law. She uses computational and social science methods to explore and develop more equitable and trustworthy tools that improve people’s security, privacy, and online safety decision-making processes.


Before joining KCL, Ruba was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Usable Security and Privacy Group at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at the University of California, Berkeley as well as in the PRIVATICS Team at Inria Sophia Antipolis.


Ruba completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University College London (UCL) in 2019. Her dissertation focused on designing user-centered privacy-enhancing technologies. As a postgraduate student, she was supported by Google, a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Research Fellowship, and a Supporting Usability and Design in Security (SUDS) Fellowship from the Open Technology Fund. She also performed research at the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre, Brave, and Telefónica Research.