My research focuses on ethics and policy for the design of information technologies, systems, and collections.
I lead the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab at the UMD iSchool. I'm also active in the CASCI, IPAC and DCIC research centers. My work has been supported by a Google Faculty Award and several awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award.
I received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.
I teach courses in information policy, information and technology ethics, and digital curation.
Please visit the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab
site for detailed project information.
- Search Among Secrets
- Creating search engines for large document sets (like personal email) that respect context-specific privacy norms. With Doug Oard and Jimmy Lin.
- Ethical Cultures in Computer Security Research
- Analyzing the scholarly discourse and private reflections of computer security researchers to reveal insights about how people, changes in technology, and changes in research practices shaped ethical cultures in security research. With Megan Finn, Jevin West, and Franziska Roesner.
- Ethical Computing in Mobile & Wearable App Development
- Studying academic and commercial software research and development (R&D) to discover factors that encourage discussion and action on ethical challenges. With Susan Winter, Adam Porter, and the UMD ICONS Project.
- Empirical Approaches to Online Research Ethics
- Studying changing practices and emerging ethical norms among big data researchers, data subjects, and ethics review boards. With Jessica Vitak, Nicholas Proferes, and Zahra Ashktorab.
- Values in a Future Internet Architecture
- Collaborating with the Named Data Networking (NDN) Project to understand NDN's impacts on social issues such as privacy, intellectual property, law enforcement, governance, and policy. I'm also pleased to be involved with the NSF-funded Values in Design Council for the Future Internet Architecture program.
- Privacy in Citizen Science
- Discovering factors that lead to, or alleviate, privacy concerns for citizen science volunteers. With Anne Bowser and Jennifer Preece.
- Understanding Design and Adoption of Personal Biometric Devices
- Exploring the social values and impacts of personal biometric technologies with the Public Health, Nanotechnology and Mobility (PHeNoM) project.