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What Does Privacy 'look' Like? Carnegie Mellon Project Seeks Drawings

By Campus Technology

January 29, 2015

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Privacy Illustrated, a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) project led by professor Lorri Cranor, invited people to draw what privacy means to them and already has amassed hundreds of drawings.

Cranor, director of CMU's CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Lab, says she was inspired by the university's Studio for Creative Inquiry and its work on Deep Lab. Cranor says Deep Lab was a "congress of cyberfeminist researchers" that examined privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and large-scale data aggregation.

The group produced a book and one of the chapters was "Privacy Illustrated," which offered commentary, samples of drawings, and excerpts from privacy policies for popular sites. Students from local schools submitted drawings, and Cranor's team initially crowdsourced adult drawings through Amazon Mechanical Turk. Cranor says young kids tend to focus on doors, bedrooms, and pulling blankets over their heads, while teens and adults think of government surveillance and overexposure on social networks.

Privacy Illustrated is still accepting drawings.

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