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CITP Luncheon Speaker Series: Yong Jin Park – “Future of Wearable Communication Devices: Privacy Pitfalls and Research Agenda”

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
12:30 pm


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

Please note: This talk will not be livestreamed or videotaped.

Food and discussion begin at 12:30 pm. Open to current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. No RSVP required for current Princeton faculty, staff, and students. Please contact Jean Butcher, if you are a member of the public and interested in attending a particular lunch.

Communication occurs overwhelmingly in mobile platforms. As a consequence, a typical person is far more routinely exposed to personal privacy-related decisions than at any other time. This talk will discuss the increasing presence of wearable communication devices and potential pitfalls in the cornucopia of personalized digital data. It will highlight the characteristics of synergetic personal data practices and policy concerns through the development of (failed) Google Glass. Three key areas of related political-policy concern (privacy; anti-trust; and user competence) will be summarized and possible solutions suggested, with the discussion on the future research agenda in this area. A main theme of this talk is that the data practices typical of Google Glass pose policy challenges and signal a dramatic shift to personalized data marketing, with subsequent wearable devices projected in light of 360-degree data collection.

Yong Jin Park is the Visiting Fellow of the CITP and an Associate Professor in the School of Communication (SLMC & CCMS) at Howard University. His research focuses on social and policy implications of new technologies.

His current projects examine various dimensions of digital privacy. Another line of research includes innovative methodologies of big data and real-time observations in topics such as digital disparity and skills. Underlying emphasis in his works is to generate empirical research with concrete policy and social values. He has won numerous awards such as the Top Faculty Paper Award Future Communication, NCA 2015, the Top Paper Award International Social Network Conference (DISC), TRIPLE HELIX 2014, the Top Three Faculty Paper Award Human Comm. Technology NCA, 2014; the Top Three Faculty Paper Award, Communication Technology Division 2012, AEJMC; Kappa Tau Award; and the Jung-Sook Lee Top Paper Award, AEJMC. His works were funded by Advertising Education Foundation, NYC 2013. He also received James Carey-ICA Urban Communication Grant 2012. Recently, he was invited to the Facebook headquarters for teens’ social media behavior and privacy-related research.

His works appear in New Media and Society, Social Science Computer Review, International Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Telecommunications Policy, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, Info: Journal of Policy, Regulation, and Telecommunications, Government Information Quarterly, and more. In addition, he was EPIC research fellow and contributed to East Asian section of Privacy & Human Rights Report by the EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) in Washington DC. He obtained his PhD from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.