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Associate Professor
University of Maryland
College of Information Studies

Contact

4121H Hornbake Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
kshilton@umd.edu

About Me

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.

Current Projects

Please visit the Ethics & Values in Design (EViD) Lab site for detailed project information.
  • PERVADE: Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research
    Studying changing practices and emerging ethical norms among big data researchers, data subjects, and regulators to provide guidance for ethical use of pervasive data. With a six-institution team of researchers. More information about the project can be found on the PERVADE website.
  • 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.
  • 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.

News

September 2017
With an amazing team of researchers from six institutions, we've received a large grant from the National Science Foundation to study data ethics for computational research.
August 2017
A paper exploring how university Institutional Review Boards are dealing with new challenges in data science research, "Ethics Regulation in Social Computing Research: Examining the Role of Institutional Review Boards" has been published in the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.
June 2017
A paper arguing that the work of internet infrastructure design poses specific barriers to developers’ reflection upon values and politics, "Engaging values despite neutrality: challenges and approaches to values reflection during the design of internet infrastructure" has been published in Science, Technology & Human Values.
April 2017
A second paper from my project with Daniel Greene, "Platform privacies: Governance, collaboration, and the different meanings of “privacy” in iOS and Android development" has been published in New Media & Society.
March 2017
I'm excited to share a new paper authored with Daniel Greene, "Linking platforms, practices, and developer ethics: Levers for privacy discourse in mobile application development". It was recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics.