Issues

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

Privacy Is The New Money, Thanks To Big Data

University of Chicago law professor Omri Ben-Shahar examines the pros and cons of exchanging personal data for free services.

Omri Ben-Shahar

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.

Quote

SXSW Highlights Bright and Dark Tech Futures

"Technology now has such power that it might be time to think about a code of practice. What is an acceptable failure rate for a policing algorithm?" — Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Kate Crawford
Computerworld
March 15, 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