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SOUPS 2018 Workshop Report: Designing Privacy and Security Tools for Children and Teenagers

By Priya Kumar, Jessica Vitak, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Marshini Chetty, Tammy Clegg, and Pamela Wisniewski A PDF version of the report is available here. Smartphones, tablets, and apps are part of everyday life for today’s children and teenagers. But how are children and teens thinking about privacy and security online? To what extent are they developing […]

Kids and Privacy Online at CSCW 2018

Below we share findings and recommendations from our paper on elementary school-aged children and privacy online that will be presented at the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). What did we do? Children under age 12 increasingly go online, but few studies examine how children perceive and address privacy […]

NSF Large Award on Pervasive Ethics

At the beginning of this month, a team of researchers including myself and Katie Shilton from UMD were awarded a NSF Large grant to look at ethical issues surrounding the increasing amount of data being generated digitally, as well as the increasing number of tools for collecting and analyzing that data. The full team is: […]

IMLS Funding for Developing Resources for low-SES Library Patrons

Mega Subramaniam and I have been awarded an IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) National Leadership Grant to evaluate the challenges faced by librarians and their economically disadvantaged patrons when it comes to protecting sensitive information disclosed on public computers. The three-year project involves partnerships with four libraries in the state of Maryland and […]

NSF Funding for International Research on Mobile Privacy

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 […]

  • 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.