Privacy & Data

We produce research to ground policy conversations and better understand the complexities of privacy in a networked society.

Track Projects

Reframing Privacy

This project probes how privacy is understood in a networked society, and the ways in which control is complicated by the networked nature of information. We seek to examine how a theory of networks can better elucidate social, cultural, and legal models of privacy and jurisprudence in a data-centric era.

Survey Research Into the Privacy and Security Experiences of Low-SES Populations

This project makes a fundamental contribution to understanding the everyday privacy and security-related behaviors of low-socioeconomic-status (SES) adults. We seek to answer key questions that can ground the policy conversations and debates about privacy and security in the digital age.

Digital Privacy & Data Literacy

Libraries serve a critical role of providing free access to the web. The key challenges are accessibility, speed and affordability, but too often the conversation is missing a host of critically important privacy considerations. The extent of government surveillance programs, differential treatment of online consumers (data profiling), and the need for protection of sensitive personal data have ramped up the urgency of addressing these matters. In response to this need, Data & Society partnered with Brooklyn Public Library, METRO, and New America to focus on data and privacy literacy by providing in-person education and training to 600+ information and library professionals in the New York metropolitan area, as well as online resources to librarians across the country.