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Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

Featured Article

Six Provocations for Big Data

This article challenges the assumption that only large sets of data provide the best information to social scientists.

By: danah boyd, Kate Crawford

Fact Sheets

Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 

TAP Blog

Baking the Data Layer

Economics professor Shane Greenstein, Kellogg School of Management, provides a look at the evolution of the cookie. A small text file used by web pages to collect information about online activity, the cookie plays a role in a long chain of metadata operations, targeted advertising being just one use.

Shane Greenstein

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The Information Google Doesn't Want You to Organize

"Hiding ads while analyzing data takes advantage of a key deficit users have around internet services: users only perceive profiling if they receive ads." — Chris Hoofnagle, Director of Privacy Programs, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Chris Hoofnagle
USA Today
September 4, 2014