Introducing a “multidimensional privacy attitudes scale”

As one of our first research project in SIMLAB (founded in late 2012), we (Lemi Baruh & Zeynep Cemalcılar) had been working on developing a multidimensional privacy orientation scale. The scale is summarised in an article published in November 2014 in Personality and Individual Differences. The article reports that individuals' decisions about level of privacy they need …

“Involving Citizens In Emergency Preparedness And Response” Workshop In Istanbul

The tentative schedule for the COSMIC "Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response Workshop", to be held in Istanbul is now ready. Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and ResponseInternational WorkshopLocation: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, IstanbulDate: September 4, 2014; ThursdayFor further information about the workshop, please click here or here.  If you are interested in attending the conference, …

COSMIC Report on Citizens’ Involvement in Crises

COSMIC (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis Management) project partners MixLab at Koç University and Hellenic Rescue Team has drafted a report on Citizens' Involvement in Emergency Communications. The report seeks to examine the various roles that citizens may have in communications during emergencies. Also, the report maps the relationship between the use of different types …

Call for Papers: Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response

Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response International Conference Location: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul Date: September 4, 2014; Thursday New communication technologies play an increasingly important role during emergencies and crises, such as natural and man made disasters and political crises. Particularly social media can potentially enable citizens to more quickly …

Fulltext of New Article on Privacy Protection in Mobile Environments

A new article entitled "Captive But Mobile: Privacy Concerns and Remedies for the Mobile Environment" is now published in The Information Society.   Authors: Mihaela Popescu (California State University, San Bernardino) and Lemi Baruh (Koç University, Istanbul) Abstract We use the legal framework of captive audience to examine the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 privacy guidelines as applied …

What Your Communication Metadata Says About You?

A few weeks ago, when information about the National Security Agency's (U.S.) phone surveillance program surfaced, the U.S. President Obama was quick to announce that "nobody is listening to your telephone calls". It was rather a little "harmless" system that collected metadata about individuals' phone calls. We have been hearing similar claims about electronic surveillance …

Privacy, Literacy, and Awareness Paradox in Big Data Ecosystems

The abstract and a copy of the presentation that we (Mihaela Popescu & Lemi Baruh) made in IAMCR conference in Dublin are available below. The paper introduces the concept of "awareness paradox" to discuss privacy literacy in an era of Big Data analytics. Thanks to all listeners for their responses and questions. The full paper …