China’s Social Credit System: Using Data Science to Rebuild Trust in Chinese Society by Jason Hunsberger

From 1966-1976 Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) waged an idological war on its own citizens. Seeking to purge the country of “bourgeois” and “insufficiently revolutionary” elements, Mao closed the schools and set an army of high school and university students on … [Read more...]

Bad Blood: Trusting Numbers with a Grain of Salt by Amy Lai

Digital health may be well on its way toward becoming the next “it” trend in technology. Over the past few years, the presence of consumer health technology companies has boomed. In 2010, digital health companies received roughly $1 billion in total investment funding, a less than hefty amount … [Read more...]

Social Credit: a Chinese experiment by Yang Yang Qian

Imagine applying for a loan, but first the bank must check your Facebook profile for a credit report. As odd as it feels for consumers in the United States, for consumers in China, this is already part of an experiment with social credit.

The Chinese government has had plans to implement … [Read more...]

Alternative measures of credit risk  by Simon Hodgkinson

People in developing economies can increasingly use their private information as a way to secure credit, but is this a good thing?

Easy access to credit is essential to the proper functioning of many high-income economies. Governments, corporations, and individuals all rely on the ability to borrow money. Lenders offer credit based … [Read more...]

This blog post is a version of a talk I gave at the 2018 ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference based on a paper written with Nick Merrill and John Chuang, entitled When BCIs have APIs: Design Fictions of Everyday Brain-Computer Interface Adoption. Find out more on our project page, or download the paper: [PDF link] [ACM link][Read more...]

California’s Trailblazing Consumer Privacy Law by Anamika Sinha

I’m sure when most of us stumble across a trivia question of sorts, the first answer key that crosses our minds is Google, the ultimate search engine. But have you ever wondered what exactly Google does with the data it gathers from the billions of searches that it is used for per … [Read more...]

Venmo is Conditioning Your Expectation of Privacy by James Beck

Add to your ever-growing list of apps and services to pay attention to: Venmo.

Venmo is an interesting service. It’s core ability is to quickly and conveniently facilitate transactions between you and your contacts list. Need to pay your friends back for a night at the bar that got a … [Read more...]

Drones: Privacy up in the air by Elly Rath

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are flying devices which are capable of collecting a vast array of information on a daily basis if configured and equipped correctly. The basic function of most drones is for aerial videography and to capture images. Images are not the only data drones can gather. … [Read more...]

Smart Home Devices: Consent to Private Matters? by Adhaar Gupta

June 30, 2018

A garage linked to a camera that scans the number plate and automatically opens up the door as you drive your car towards it. We all love easing our lives but can we be sure that this camera is not storing our data and using it for … [Read more...]

“It’s All About Me”

June 25th, 2018

“It’s All About Me” by Prashant Sahay

To my grandfather, privacy was a pretty simple concept. He believed that what we did in public spaces was public, everything else was private. If we played loud music at home, that was a private matter. But I had to turn the volume down when driving by a busy street corner. To his … [Read more...]