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Media & Presentations

This page shares news coverage about PEARL research or related articles that include interviews/quotes from lab members, as well as information on talks given by lab members.

Media Coverage

Talks & Presentations

  • Vitak, J. Seminar Speaker, “Pervasive data ethics: What researchers, IRBs, and end-users think about data collection and analysis practices.” Computer Science Department, Virginia Tech, October 18, 2019.
  • Vitak, J. Invited Speaker, “Existing Models and Inspiring New Networks-of-Networks: Lessons from interdisciplinary networks at the University of Maryland.” SESYNC Networks of Networks workshop, September 12, 2019.
  • Vitak, J. Invited Speaker, “Researching Pervasive Data Ethics: Taking a Collaboratory Approach.” Office for Human Research Protections, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Rockville, MD, May 30, 2019.
  • Vitak, J. Invited Speaker, “How Consumers Rationalize Privacy and Security Threats When Using Internet of Things Devices.” Presentation at American Psychological Association’s Psybersecurity Workshop, May 23, 2019.
  • Vitak, J. Invited Speaker, “Privacy, security, and ethical challenges in the era of big data.” Cornell Tech’s Digital Life Series, New York, NY, March 21, 2019. [poster by Gary Zamchick based on talk]
  • Vitak, J. Guest Panelist, “Your Tweets Live Forever.” The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5FM, August 2, 2018. Available:
  • Vitak, J. Invited Speaker, “Ethics of Using Personal Data in Data Science Research and Education,” Panel at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington DC, May 14, 2018.
  • Vitak, J. Invited Poster Presentation, Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) (representing PERVADE NSF grant), Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, May 9, 2018. [link to poster]
  • Vitak, J. Invited Speaker, “Where’s my data going? Privacy, security, and ethical challenges in the era of ubiquitous data collection. Michigan Interactive and Social Computing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, March 23, 2018. [link]

Recent News

June 2023: Vitak & Zimmer have a paper out in JCMC exploring attitudes toward workplace surveillance.

April  2023: Our qualitative study of power users’ approach to managing their smart home ecosystems was accepted to CSCW 2023 [pdf].

April 2023: Vitak and Zimmer (along with Yaxing Yao & Danny Huang) were awarded a $600k grant from NSF to study privacy mitigations in smart environments.

March 2023: “When research is the context: Cross-platform user expectations for social media data reuse” was published in Big Data & Society.

March 2023: “Power, stress, and uncertainty: Experiences with and attitudes toward workplace surveillance during a pandemic” was published in Surveillance & Society.

March 2023: Vitak & Shilton shared recent PERVADE work on “The Discussion Section” podcast.

Jan 2023: Vitak gave the keynote at a Privacy Day event at Maquette University (“Reimagining Data Collection and Use in the Age of Smart Devices”).

Jan 2023: “When Do Data Collection and Use Become a Matter of Concern? A Cross-Cultural Comparison of U.S. and Dutch Privacy Attitudes” was published in IJoC.

Dec 2022: Vitak gave the closing keynote at the MD Tech Connect conference (“School and Library Programming to Teach Children Basic Privacy and Security Concepts”).