People’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privacy request for proposals
This Research Award is now closed
Applications are now closed
Launch Date August 10, 2020
Deadline September 16, 2020, 5:00 p.m. AOE
Winners Announced November 2020
Areas of Interest
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Improving understanding of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, preferences, needs, behaviors, and outcomes
- Rigorous development of new scales to more precisely and inclusively measure user self-reported privacy constructs that...
- Examine specific aspects of users’ privacy attitudes, concerns, and preferences (i.e., beyond high-level privacy-related sentiment)
- Are psychometrically sound, reliable, and valid, as well as sensitive enough to detect small changes
- Are validated using representative samples so that the resulting scales are globally relevant and/or globally adaptable
- Consider different contexts, including but not limited to civil, political, health, and social well-being
- Broadening or enhancing the knowledge between self-reported attitudes and related observed/actual behaviors
2. Novel interventions for digital transparency and control that are meaningful for diverse populations, context, and data types
- Seeking interventions aimed at plausible incremental improvements (e.g., increasing knowledge, feelings of efficacy, safety, and so on) for people across current digital platforms (above and beyond what regulation or local laws — like GDPR, for example — outline as required). Research should aim to practically answer one or more of the following questions:
- What forms of transparency (e.g., in-the-moment, text and non-text, and so on) and for which specific types of information can improve digital experiences for people?
- How specifically should transparency be delivered and evaluated for users of varying degrees of digital skill and/or across different cultural contexts? What does meaningful digital privacy education look like for users with varying degrees of digital skill?
- How can meaningful privacy education be delivered, managed, and evaluated at scale?
- How should increased controls be balanced with sensible defaults, accounting for varying degrees of digital skill, need, and motivation to use privacy controls?
Proposals should include
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- Curriculum Vitae for all project participants
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