Anne Kohlbrenner will discuss the ethical concerns surrounding passive data collection platforms, which are widely used in technology and society research. Anne has significant experience with research data platforms, having previously led development on Mozilla Rally, a privacy-oriented framework for browser-based studies that includes passive data collection capabilities.
The presentation will focus on a project currently called Ethics of Passive Data Collection Platforms. In it, we’re evaluating Rally and several existing commercial alternatives for how they treat their participants. This consists of a survey of the signup flows of the platforms, a small Reddit ethnography of how participants talk about the platforms, and a reverse-engineering evaluation of the data the platforms collect.
The CITP Works in Progress (WiP) Seminar meets weekly during the semester. This reading group is open to any Princeton affiliate, including faculty, staff and undergraduate and graduate students.