[Air-l] Privacy in Digital Environments: Empowering Users (CSCW Workshop CFP)

aoir.z3z at danah.org aoir.z3z at danah.org
Mon Jul 8 13:48:57 PDT 2002

Perhaps this might be of interest to some of you:


Privacy in Digital Environments: Empowering Users
 a Workshop at CSCW 2002
 November 16, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

 danah boyd (MIT Media Lab, zephoria at media.mit.edu)
 Carlos Jensen (Georgia Tech, carlosj at cc.gatech.edu)
 Scott Lederer (UC Berkeley, lederer at cs.berkeley.edu)
 David Nguyen (Georgia Tech, dnguyen at cs.gatech.edu)

More Details: http://smg.media.mit.edu/cscw2002-privacy/
Position Paper Deadline: September 20, 2002
Submissions to: cscw2002-privacy at media.mit.edu


People are deeply concerned about their privacy, and are quite adept at
defining limits and maintaining barriers in the physical world. Yet, in
the digital world we are no longer good privacy managers. Our motivation
and interest do not disappear in the transition from the physical to the
digital; the systems we use strip us of the power to become effective
privacy managers.

Often these failures are attributable to us as designers and developers;
our systems do not always provide access to information users need to make
informed decisions about their privacy. At other times we overload users
with too much information, making managing their privacy too much of a
burden. As system designers, we have paid little attention to protecting
user privacy, and even less to empowering them to take charge of their own

This workshop seeks to address the privacy needs and concerns of users in
the design of digital environments, whether they be websites,
collaborative calendar systems, collaborative work environments, online
communities, communications systems or ubiquitous computing environments.
Each of these settings faces real and pressing challenges when it comes to
protecting user privacy.

We shall seek answers to the following questions: What can we, as
designers, do to increase user awareness of what our environments are
doing and how user information is collected and used? How can we empower
users to manage the ways in which they are represented in the environments
or to limit their exposure when needed?

We seek a balanced group, composed of social scientists, technologists,
designers, legal and policy experts, and others with demonstrable interest
or experience in privacy-aware or identity-management technologies in
existing or emerging digital environments.


URL: http://smg.media.mit.edu/cscw2002-privacy/
Email the organizers: cscw2002-privacy at media.mit.edu

CSCW 2002: http://www.acm.org/CSCW2002/

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