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Welcome to The Privacy Rhythm Research Lab!

The Privacy & Sociotechnical Systems Rhythm lab focuses on researching methodologies and developing privacy-enhancing tools to help incorporate a socially meaningful conception of privacy which meets peoples' expectations and is ethically defensible.

Research Interests (see selected publications)

  • Usable privacy
  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Contextual Integrity: Theory and Applications
  • Information Technology Policy
I am looking for students interested in working on topic of privacy in EdTech and other sociotechnical systems.

Please see the Join Us page for more details.

If you are interested in working on any of the above or other privacy related research topics, please check out the opportunities to join the lab.


  • Professor Shavrtazshnaider visited the Cryptography, Security, and Privacy (CrySP) group in the University of Waterloo and presented a talk on: PrivaCI — Privacy through Contextual Integrity
  • New paper by Prof Shvartzshnaider and Karoline Brehm was published in the IEEE Security & Privacy magazine. Understanding Privacy in Virtual Reality Classrooms: A Contextual Integrity Perspective "One reason concerns can arise around virtual reality’s use in education is that while VR platforms allow both real and virtual environments to […]
  • In late September 2023, The Rhythm Lab at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering hosted the 5th annual Symposium on Applications of Contextual Integrity. The CI symposium brought together students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and practitioners from Europe, the United States and Canada to present and discuss early-stage and published work […]

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