Stephen Wicker

Stephen B. Wicker

Electrical and Computer Engineering
386 Frank H.T. Rhodes Hall


Professor Wicker works in the area of information networks, with an emphasis on the application of game theory, mechanism design, and other technologies that enhance privacy and expression rights for those using large-scale information systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and has testified about information network privacy issues to congressional staffers. He is the author of six books, holds a number of patents, and has received several Cornell teaching awards. His most recent book, "Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy," was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Research Interests

Information Networks, Privacy and Security in Wireless Systems, Wired and Wireless Telephony.

Research Group Members

Teaching Interests

Communication theory, communication systems, information science, privacy and security in information networks

Selected Publications

  • S. B. Wicker, Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy, Oxford University Press, 2013. 
  • S. B. Wicker, "The Ethics of Zero-Day Exploits – The NSA Meets the Trolley Car,” Communications of the ACM, January 2021.
  • S. B. Wicker, "eBook Surveillance and the Threat to Freedom of Association,” Journal of Information Security and Applications, Volume 55, December 2020.
  • S. B. Wicker, "Smartphones, Contents of the Mind, and the 5th Amendment,” Communications of the ACM, April 2018 
  • S. B. Wicker, “The Loss of Location Privacy in the Cellular Age,” Communications of the ACM, Vol. 55, No. 8, August 2012, pp. 60 - 68.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of IEEE (IEEE) 2010
  • College of Engineering Teaching Award (Cornell University) 2012
  • Douglas Whitney '61 Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Engineering 2009
  • Cornell School of ECE Teaching Award 2000
  • Cornell University College of Engineering Teaching Award 1998


  • B.S. (Electrical and Communications Engineering), University of Virginia, 1982
  • M.S. (Electrical and Communications Engineering), Purdue University, 1983
  • Ph.D. (Electrical and Communications Engineering), University of Southern California, 1987


Research Group Members

Graduate Students

  • Stephanie Santoso

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