My research interests centre on networked systems, particularly in the context of security and measurement. Currently, I am working on the design, scalability and applications of blockchains with George Danezis and Sarah Meiklejohn as part of the EU DECODE and EPSRC Glass Houses projects. I am a Research Scientist at Chainspace, and a member of IC3 (Initiative for cryptocurrency and Contract) and The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (CBT). I also have a long-standing research interest in characterizing various forms of information control (e.g., censorship, discrimination and misinformation) to enable transparency and accountability; for this work I was named to MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35.
I received my Ph.D. degree (Characterization of Internet Censorship from Multiple Perspectives) from the University of Cambridge in 2017 under the supervision of Jon Crowcroft (and co-supervised by Steven Murdoch, Vern Paxson, and Ross Anderson) where I was an Honorary Cambridge Trust Scholar, and was awarded the Mary Bradburn Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates for my research work. Previously, I collaborated with ICSI (UC Berkeley), and made research contributions to NSF projects on developing empirical basis for censorship and socio-economic perspectives on Internet security. I also worked on Intrusion Detection Systems (Bro), and wrote an open-source software for botnet detection (BotFlex). I received my Master's degree in Computer and Communication Security from National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan in 2013 for which I was awarded the President's Gold Medal.
- [Jul'18] I am excited and honoured to be named as a 'Visionary' to MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 for my work on censorship and transparency.
- [Apr'18] Our paper "Scanning the Internet for Liveness" has been accepted to SIGCOMM CCR'18.
- [Mar'18] I'll serve in the PC of ACM CCS'18.
- [Feb'18] The preprint of our new paper "Coconut: Threshold Issuance Selective Disclosure Credentials with Applications to Distributed Ledgers" is now up!.
- [Feb'18] Our paper "Illuminating the Ecosystem of Partisan Websites" has been accepted to WWW'18 Companion.
- [Feb'18] I'll serve in the PC of PETS'19.
- [Feb'18] This week our scalable smart contracts blockchain platform, Chainspace and SoK study on blockchain consensus have been featured in The Morning Paper.
- Mustafa Al-Bassam, Alberto Sonnino, Shehar Bano, Dave Hrycyszyn and George Danezis. Chainspace: A Sharded Smart Contracts Platform. To appear in the proceedings of the 25th Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2018.
- Sheharbano Khattak, Tariq Elahi, Laurent Simon, Colleen Swanson, Steven J. Murdoch and Ian Goldberg. SoK: Making Sense of Censorship Resistance Systems. Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, Vol. 2016, No. 4 (PETS), 2016.
- Sheharbano Khattak, David Fifield, Sadia Afroz,Mobin Javed, Srikanth Sundaresan, Vern Paxson, Steven J. Murdoch, and Damon McCoy. Do You See What I See? Differential Treatment of Anonymous Users. Proceedings of the 23rd Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS), 2016.
- Sheharbano Khattak, Mobin Javed, Syed Ali Khayam, Zartash Afzal Uzmi and Vern Paxson. A Look at the Consequences of Internet Censorship Through an ISP Lens. Proceedings of the 14th ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement (IMC), 2014. Best Paper Nomination.
TalksThe complete list is here.
- My name is pronounced as Shahrbānū (شهربانو) (Meaning: "Lady of the Land", or "The Princess"). This name has appeared in various historic and folklorish contexts, and there are many songs (e.g., this, this, and this) named after me! :)
- I can speak English, Pashto (three dialects), Urdu (Native or Bilingual Proficiency), Hindi (Native or Bilingual Proficiency), Punjabi (Limited Working Proficiency), Arabic (Elementary Proficiency) and Farsi/Persian (Elementary Proficiency).
- In my free time, I like to read about psychology, philosophy and literature; and watching movies and long walks with my son. I enjoy running and good music.