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.

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danah boyd Focuses on How Pokémon Go Lets Young People Socialize with Each Other

In the NYT “Room for Debate,” Microsoft Principal Researcher danah boyd supports the development of “technology to help people be meaningfully connected in an augmented way.”

TAP Staff Blogger

Upcoming Events

Privacy. Security. Risk. 2016

September 15, 2016, San Jose, CA

Privacy Law Salon: Policymaker Roundtable

September 22, 2016, Washington, DC

2016 Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit

September 28, 2016, Atlanta, GA

Fact Sheets

Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.


Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem

"Last July, computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University found that women were less likely than men to be shown ads on Google for highly paid jobs. The complexity of how search engines show ads to internet users makes it hard to say why this happened — whether the advertisers preferred showing the ads to men, or the outcome was an unintended consequence of the algorithms involved." — Kate Crawford, Microsoft Principal Researcher

Kate Crawford
The New York Times
June 25, 2016

Featured Article

Why the Right to Data Portability Likely Reduces Consumer Welfare: Antitrust and Privacy Critique

This article analyzes the potential weaknesses of the European Union’s potential new right to data portability.

By: Peter Swire, Yianni Lagos