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Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

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When Is a Person Harmed by a Privacy Violation? Thoughts on Spokeo v. Robins

George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove examines the recent Supreme Court decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, and points to the confusion caused when Congress and the Courts apply different requirements in order to prove “harm” when a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act is challenged.

Daniel J. Solove

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Social Networking

Social networking websites are places on the Internet where people can connect with those who share their interests. Additionally, they can function as economic “platforms” that serve different groups of many users, including consumers, advertisers, game developers, and others. 

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SXSW Highlights Bright and Dark Tech Futures

"Technology now has such power that it might be time to think about a code of practice. What is an acceptable failure rate for a policing algorithm?" — Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Kate Crawford
Computerworld
March 15, 2016

Featured Article

Six Provocations for Big Data

This article challenges the assumption that only large sets of data provide the best information to social scientists.

By: danah boyd, Kate Crawford