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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Tim Wu Takes on the Attention Merchants

Overwhelmed with a barrage of messaging, advertising, and sponsored social media? Columbia law professor Tim Wu explains the “attention industry” in his new book, The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads.

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January 11, 2017, Washington, DC


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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. 


Machine logic: our lives are ruled by big tech's 'decisions by data'

"We still think we have agency about our participation in these processes at an individual level, but I really don’t think we do any more, or at least that sense that we do is very rapidly diminishing." — Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Kate Crawford
The Guardian
October 8, 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