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Research visit NYC and Yale

Last week, the personalised communication group visited New York City for several highly interesting meetings. On Thursday, we met with the research team of Data & Society. Data & Society is a research institute that is focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development. We talked to several staff members, researchers and fellows about common research interest and possible collaborations.

On Friday, we visited the Privacy Research Group of the Information Law Institute of the New York University (NYU). In this group, students, professors, and professionals who are passionate about exploring, protecting, and understanding privacy in the digital age come together. During an inspiring meeting, we talked about common research interest and issues that are important to personalised communication. This meeting might also lead to possible collaborations.

FacebookAfter meeting NYU, we visited the Facebook location in NYC where we got a tour around the location (for instance, the lab and work spaces).

On Saturday, we participated in the “Unlocking the Black Box Conference“ of the Information Society Project of the Yale Law School. Balázs Bodó gave an excellent presentation about the research project. More specifically, he outlined how ‘the Black Box’ can be investigated and discussed the ethical and legal challenges when conducting research in this area.

We look back on a very interesting, motivating and exciting trip while meeting very inspiring colleagues working on similar topics.



Sanne Kruikemeier wins De Jonge Haan award

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 17.49.28.png.jpgSanne Kruikemeier has won the GVR De Jonge Haan award. This award is granted to a young professional (not over 30) who excels and is really committed to the field of communication. This year, for the first time, three female candidates were nominated.

For more information about the award, click here (Dutch text)

“I agree to the terms and conditions”: (How) do users read privacy policies online? An eye-tracking experiment

Privacy policies are widely used by online service providers to regulate the use of personal data they collect, but users often skip on reading them and are unaware of the way information about them is being treated, and how they can control the ways in which that information is collected, stored or shared. Eye tracking methodology was used to test if a default presentation of a policy encourages reading it, and how the document is being read by users. Results ….

Source: “I agree to the terms and conditions”: (How) do users read privacy policies online? An eye-tracking experiment