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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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. 

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Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl Schneider Expose the Failure of Mandated Disclosure in Their New Book

In More Than You Wanted to Know: The Failure of Mandated Disclosure, co-authors Omri Ben-Shahar and Carl E. Schneider survey the evidence of mandated disclosure and find that it rarely works.

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The Pope Is Wrong About the Internet and Teenagers

"Social media has become an outlet for many youth, an opportunity to reclaim some sense of agency and have some semblance of social power. It has provided a window into society and an outlet for hanging out that these teens didn’t even know they had lost." — danah boyd, Chief Instigator, Data & Society Research Institute

danah boyd
The Washington Post
August 6, 2014