This is a non-exhaustive list of current and ongoing projects in the laboratory.
Privacy and Security For Elementary School Children. We have been studying how to help children aged 5-11 learn about online privacy and security and developing educational resources to achieve this purpose. We have two partner schools, one in Illinois and one in Maryland that we are working with to achieve these goals. Student Researchers: Lucy Li, Fiona O’Connell; Collaborators: Tammy Clegg (University of Maryland), Priya Kumar (Ph.D. student at University of Maryland), Jessica Vitak (University of Maryland). Funded by two Google Faculty Research Awards and a NSF SATC Edu grant.
Misinformation on End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Platforms. We are studying how users encounter and process misinformation on WhatsApp. Student Researchers: Archie Brohn, Jason Chee Collaborators: Kevin Feng (Undergraduate Student at Princeton University)
Privacy and Security For Under-served and Marginalized Communities. We have studied the privacy and security needs of under-served and marginalized communities including low-income mobile users in South Africa funded by a Facebook Securing the Internet grant. Most recently, we are examining how activists manage online privacy and security concerns and in-person activism. Student Researchers: Maia Boyd, Jamar Sullivan Collaborators: Blase Ur (UChicago)
Dark Patterns. We have studied how users recognize and deal with disguised advertisements and built a Chrome and Firefox extension called AdIntuition to help users better recognize affiliate marketing on YouTube. We have also studied how shopping websites manipulate users with dark patterns. We are continuing to study how various online dark patterns affect users. Student Researchers: Neha Lingareddy
Privacy Enhancing Tools. We are always interested in seeing how effective privacy enhancing tools are for end-users. We have studied Tor browser, Ad-Blockers, and most recently, Virtual Private Networks. Student Researchers: Agnieszka Dutkowska-Zuk (Lancaster University) Austin Hounsel (Princeton University), Andre Xiong (Formerly Princeton University) Collaborators: Nick Feamster (UChicago). Funded by NSF SATC grant.
Privacy and Security and Smart Home Internet of Things (IoT). We have conducted user studies of smart home Internet of Things devices in the home and are continuing to examine this topic. Collaborators: Noah Apthorpe (Colgate University), Pardis Emami Naeini (University of Washington), Arunesh Mathur (Princeton University/Consumer Reports), Nick Feamster (UChicago)