University of Maryland

NSF Funding for International Research on Mobile Privacy

September 20th, 2016 by

I was recently awarded a unique NSF EAGER grant in collaboration with the Netherland’s grant funding agency. The call from the NSF wanted social science research by collaborators in the U.S. and Netherlands. Our project explores how mobile users develop mental models around privacy and information sharing when using apps ranging from messaging services to fitness trackers and personal digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.

The full team includes myself and Michael Zimmer (UW-Milwaukee) on the U.S. side and Jason Pridmore and Dan Trottier at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

The award information can be found here.

  • News

    July 2021: Vitak (along with Sarah Gilbert and Katie Shilton) published “Measuring Americans’ Comfort With Research Uses of Their Social Media Data” in the journal Social Media + Society.

    June 2021: Vitak and Zimmer had an extended abstract summarizing their workplace surveillance & COVID-19 work accepted to AoIR 2021.

    October 2020: Vitak and Zimmer published a study in First Monday on privacy concerns associated with the adoption of contact tracing apps.

    August 2020: Vitak & Zimmer were awarded a Rapid Response grant from SSRC to study how workplace surveillance is evolving due to COVID-19.

    January 2020: Vitak, Clegg, and Chetty were awarded a NSF Small grant for their work on developing privacy & security curriculum for elementary school children.

    May 2019: PhD student Kumar presented research from our kids’ safety project at CHI. The paper discusses how educators consider privacy and security when using digital technologies in the classroom. More info is here.

    March 2019: We won the Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Paper at the iConference! PhD student Liao was the lead author on the paper presenting survey results from our IPA study.