Paths Towards Autonomy: How behavioral & environmental factors affect the privacy & digital security of users

Politics & Society
Mittwoch, 7. Mai 2014 - 15:30 bis 16:00
stage A



Privacy and digital security are about more than just technological tools. This talk maps the behavioral and environmental factors that shape the ability of users to make empowering decisions about their data online.


We've heard it over and over: encrypt All the Things. Alternately: encrypt All the Things if you can figure out how to do it! 

Unfortunately, learning to use tools that help protect privacy and enable digital security can be really difficult. More importantly, privacy and digital security are about more than encryption or other technological tools. The behaviors and habits people develop around the use of technologies result from their unique circumstances, and what 'works' for one person might not be right, ethical, safe, or practical for another. 

This talk will show how findings from human computer interaction, public health behavior change strategies, as well as insights gained from the experiences of human rights defenders with digital security, can inform a comprehensive approach to the adoption of privacy and security-enabling habits and behaviors. 

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