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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]
  • 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.