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PriMo2011 is the First International Workshop on Privacy Management in Mobile Applications and will be held on the 27th of June 2011 in Copenhagen, in conjunction with IFIPTM 2011, the 5th International Conference on Trust Management.
The workshop is endorsed by the PRiMMA project and will provide an exciting opportunity for leading international researchers to discuss and evaluate research approaches and achievements specific to mobile privacy within three key areas: privacy research methods, privacy design solutions and policy-based privacy management.
To find out more, visit the workshop website at http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/PriMo2011/
Organised by the investigators working on the PRiMMA project, this 1-day workshop brought together the various UK research groups working in the area of privacy and mobile applications. The workshop was held on 23 September 2010 at Imperial College London.
The overall workshop was organised into three broad themes, with speakers presenting their ongoing research in short talks under each of these themes. After each set of presentations there was a lively discussion about the privacy and mobile technology issues that arose in the context of the research that was presented.
OU PhD student, Lukasz Jedrzejczyk’s research on usable privacy controls features in a recent New Scientist article. Lukasz’s work is part of the EPSRC funded project on Privacy Rights Management for Mobile Applications (PRiMMA), being carried out in the Department of Computing at the OU. Motivated by the rising use of mobile applications, the project explores the user requirements, usability issues and technology solutions relating to supporting end user privacy when using these applications.
The work reported in the New Scientist relates to a trial of a haptic user interface that allows users …
We conducted a study based on filming two futuristic scenarios, getting a group of potential users to watch and discuss the films. The two scenarios were carefully crafted to present opposing experiences of the same technology. For the purposes of producing the films for this study we imagined a future technology called DietMon, which allows a user to obtain calorific information about food that they might like to consume by simply looking at the food for 3 seconds. This imagined technology also included a embedded micro-sensor that monitored physical activity and physiological factors …full story »
The recent furore around Facebook’s privacy controls have spawned a number of initiatives for more privacy aware social networking tools. Amongst these, Diaspora has attracted a lot of attention because of its approach of allowing users to keep control of their data in local Diaspora server instances called ‘Seeds’.
From the description on the project blog the design of a seed is very similar to the ‘Privacy Butler’ architecture proposed by the PRiMMA team, and the Personal Data Vault (PDV) idea proposed by researchers at UCLA.
Diaspora taps Facebook privacy concerns to …full story »
The PRiMMA research team won a prestigious CHI 2010 ‘Golden Mouse’ award for the best research video at the recently held ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010) in Atlanta. The award winning video presented a novel approach to eliciting user responses to futuristic technologies, called ‘ContraVision’, which involved the construction of symmetric positive and negative depictions of a technology in use.
The videos were produced with the assistance of Tony Coe of Two Cats Can, a professional film production company. The research was conducted as part of …
Facebook has recently become the leading social networking application, offering a wealth of functionalities and allowing users to share both information and artifacts. Consistently with its wide-spread use, Facebook is also possibly the most studied networking application. Some privacy-related studies focus on location disclosure, while others have looked at motivations and uses. In any case, existing studies tend to focus on Facebook itself, whereas our focus is on mobile social networking in general, and in particular on the privacy issues related to mobile social networking. Facebook only interests in that …full story »
The PRiMMA Project is helping to define how ordinary users of both mobile and static computing applications can protect their privacy. We rely on volunteers to participate in our research by answering questions about their opinions and experience of various technologies. In the course of our work, some participants will reveal personal information, including information about their location, to the PRiMMA project team. In certain studies and with informed consent, some participants may reveal information about themselves to other participants. All data received by the project team will be encrypted …full story »
The PRiMMA project is investigating privacy requirements across the general population for a specific set of ubiquitous computing technologies and will produce a reusable framework with demonstrator applications. The project is based on a select set of scenarios and evaluations are being carried out with participants across a population with wide demographic range. PRiMMA is focusing on investigating and addressing of privacy issues associated with ubiquitous computing interaction. The aim is to develop a Privacy Rights Management (PRM) framework that will enable users to specify and manage the privacy of …full story »