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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.

TAP Blog

Five Unexpected Lessons from the Ashley Madison Breach

In this op-ed piece for Ars Technica, privacy law experts Woodrow Hartzog and Danielle Citron show that the FTC’s handling of the Ashley Madison breach reflects a sustainable way to enforce privacy in the coming years.

Woodrow Hartzog and Danielle Citron

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January 28, 2017, Everywhere

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February 5, 2017, Miami, FL

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. 

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Holding AI to Account: Will Algorithms Ever Be Free from Bias If They're Created by Humans?

"The primary challenges are: helping people see that algorithms are more than code; that transparency is not the same as accountability; and that the forces driving algorithmic systems are so dynamic, complex, and probabilistic that it makes little sense to talk about the algorithm as if it's a single piece of code that isn't constantly changing, that means different things to different people." — Mike Ananny, Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

Mike Ananny
Wired
December 6, 2016

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