Konrad Kollnig

An individual fascinated about the future about technology, and hoping to share some of this fascination with others.

Current doctoral researcher at Oxford University, focusing on privacy and decentralised technology. More generally, Iā€™m interested in how we can live in more peace with technology in my research.

I run a personal blog at https://kollnig.net and am also the lead developer of TrackerControl, PlatformControl and GreaseDroid ā€“ which all aim to give end-users more control over their digital devices.
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Positions

PhD Student

  • University of Oxford
  • Oct 2019 - Present

Konrad's Collections

My 2021 Highlights

1 Highlight

2022

Jan 03, 2022
Jan 03, 2022
Built an app
Built a community
2021 has been an extraordinary year for privacy. Both Google and Apple are pushing ahead with exciting approaches for more privacy-preserving mobile ecosystems.

As part of my PhD at Oxford, I'm proud to have built a somewhat popular privacy app (recently passed 100,000 downloads) and a vibrant and welcoming community around it, TrackerControl.

This community has not only provided a wealth of important input for the development of the app, but helped translate the app into almost 20 languages.

https://trackercontrol.org/

2021

Nov 25, 2021
Nov 25, 2021
Built a library
The analysis of privacy in iOS apps has traditionally been very hard. As part of my research, I built a library to make such research easier.

https://github.com/OxfordHCC/PlatformControl
Nov 24, 2021
Nov 24, 2021
Wrote a Blog Post
The UK is currently considering a reform of its data protection, thereby diverging from the EU GDPR.

I wrote a short blog article about the response by my research group to this planned reform, that I co-led.

https://kollnig.net/2021/11/reform-of-uk-data-protection-law/
Sep 28, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Wrote a Research Paper
Published large-scale on privacy in iOS and Android apps. Such research tends to be pretty difficult, due to the closed-source nature of mobile ecosystems. The last comparable privacy study had been done on iOS in 2013.

https://arxiv.org/abs/2109.13722

2020

Aug 04, 2020
Aug 04, 2020
Startup funding
Founded a Company
In my free time, I've been trying to apply some of my skills in the industry and helped attract the first funding for Deriskly, a new AI startup that focuses on risk prevention in businesses.

The company has now been accepted into the Alchemist Accelerator, which is the largest B2B fund and has an acceptance rate of 2ā€“3%.

https://www.deriskly.com/

2019

Oct 01, 2019
Oct 01, 2019
Started a new role at University of Oxford
Excited to join University of Oxford as PhD Student! šŸŽ‰
PhD Student, University of Oxford
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