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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

We are grateful for the support of:

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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.

News


  • Professor Shvartzshnaider joined a virtual privacy chat with Jules Polonetsky (FPF) and Professor Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech) to discuss the theory of privacy on contextual integrity as it relates to current tech and policy challenges.
  • New paper on a contextual integrity perspective of COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates with Shikun Zhang (CMU), Yuanyuan Feng (UVN), Helen Nissenbaum (DLI, Cornell Tech), Norman Sadeh (CMU) We present an empirical study exploring how privacy influences the acceptance of vaccination certificate (VC) deployments across different realistic usage scenarios. The study employed […]
  • A paper on GKC-CI unifying framework for contextual norms and information governance was published in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. GKC‐CI : A unifying framework for contextual norms and information governance by Shvartzshnaider, Y.; Sanfilippo, M. R.; and Apthorpe, A summary of the paper is available […]
  • Prof Shvartzshanider discussed privacy in virtual classrooms and his recent paper on "Virtual Classrooms and Real Harms: Remote Learning at U.S. Universities" Cohney Shaanan, Ross Teixeira, Anne Kohlbrenner, Arvind Narayanan, Mihir Kshirsagar, Yan Shvartzshnaider, and Madelyn Sanfilippo.The Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021)
  • New paper on privacy and security risk of online educational platforms was accepted as part of the proceedings of The Seventeenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2021). Virtual Classrooms and Real Harms: Remote Learning at U.S. UniversitiesCohney Shaanan, Ross Teixeira, Anne Kohlbrenner, Arvind Narayanan, Mihir Kshirsagar, Yan Shvartzshnaider, […]