I am a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at King's College London. I work with Dr. Kovila Coopamootoo as part of the AGENCY project. Currently I am researching imaged based online abuse and how it occurs in, and is enabled by online dating apps.

Previously, I was a PhD student in the information security group at University College London (UCL). My PhD is titled "Improving the usability and security of low and high-latency anonymity networks". I am supervised by Prof. Steven Murdoch

Part of my PhD work related to web browser security. In particular I investigated HTTPS Only Modes, as well as methods of using HSTS effectively in Tor Browser.


  • Davitt, K., Ristea, D., Russell, D., Murdoch, S. (2024). CoStricTor: Collaborative HTTP Strict Transport Security in Tor Browser. To appear at: Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies


Module Leader

  • 2023, Jan-Jul: Hourly lecturer at Middlesex University where I delivered the Cyber and Information Security module

Teaching Assistant

At UCL, I was a teaching assistant on the following modules:






  • Poster Judge for SOUPS 2024
  • Artifact Reviewer for PETs 22’, 23’, 24’