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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Beyond GDPR: The Challenge of Global Privacy Compliance — An Interview with Lothar Determann

George Washington University privacy law professor Daniel Solove discusses the complexities of complying with privacy laws around the globe.

Daniel J. Solove

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February 4, 2018, Miami, FL

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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. 


The First Rule of Data: Do No Harm

"At the biggest mainstream consumer companies (e.g., Microsoft, Facebook, Google, etc.), you’re seeing some sophisticated moves in this direction. It’s not uniform across these companies, but these issues are getting traction and I’m excited by the potential." — danah boyd, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

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Information Week
October 18, 2017

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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