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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Marshini Chetty – Spiders in the Sky: Investigating User Perceptions of the Privacy and Security Implications of Drones

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Open to members of the public by invitation only. Please contact Jean Butcher at if you are interested in attending a particular lunch.

Drones are increasingly being used for various purposes from recording footage in inaccessible areas to delivering packages. A rise in drone usage introduces privacy and security concerns about flying boundaries, what data drones collect in public and private spaces, and how that data is stored and disseminated. However, commercial and personal drone regulations focusing on privacy and security have been fairly minimal in the United States. To inform privacy and security guidelines for drone design and regulation, we need to understand users’ perceptions about drones, privacy and security. In this talk, I describe a laboratory study with 20 participants who interacted with a real or model drone to elicit user perceptions of privacy and security issues around drones. I present our results, discuss the implications of our work, and make recommendations to improve drone design and regulations that enhance individual privacy and security.

Marshini Chetty is a research scholar in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University specializing in human computer interaction and ubiquitous computing. Marshini designs, implements, and evaluates technologies to help users manage different aspects of Internet use from security to performance. She often works in resource constrained settings and uses her work to help inform policy. She has a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and a Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her passions are all things broadband related and trying to make the world a better place, one bit at a time.