Current Project: Technology and Privacy

Several current studies in the Lab investigate how new technologies change the way we think about personal privacy, and how we act to protect our privacy.

One study investigates how people who live with chronic pain protect their privacy on social network sites. Another investigates how people tell lies to protect their privacy when they think it might be violated by other people or online systems. These projects are currently in progress or under review – come back soon for more info!

Another project investigates the privacy implications of much newer technologies. Whether we know it or not, our lives are increasingly home to what researchers are calling social robots– things like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, and numerous other devices that come equipped with voice-activated assistants. There’s a lot we don’t know about how these devices impact our lives and our behavior. Because these devices often end up in our private spaces, and can have access to important personal information, it’s important to understand how we think of personal privacy when we interact with them. This project aims to find out how our perceptions of trust impact our behavior around social robots, and eventually how we can design robots that better respect our privacy.