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.

The work so far has developed a better understanding of people’s perceived privacy risks and protective behaviors with respect to them online.  Findings from that work led SML doctoral candidate Shruti Sannon to focus on the power imbalances that labor conditions and platform policies present in Amazon Mechanical Turk, and how those lead people to spend a significant part of their energy (“invisible labor”) on tasks that require them to disclose personal information, raising privacy and financial risks. These findings are available here and here.