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Laura Dabbish <[log in to unmask]>
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Laura Dabbish <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:02:36 -0400
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*Post-Doctoral Research Position – Digital Footprints Project
Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Carnegie Mellon University*

The Digital Footprints Project is seeking a full time postdoctoral 
researcher  to work with Professors Laura Dabbish and Sara Kiesler. We 
are studying issues of transparency, privacy, and anonymity online as 
part of a larger NSF project on new Internet architectures 
( <>). The post-doctoral 
researcher on this project will carry out original research on digital 
footprints online to help inform technology and policy considerations of 
new Internet infrastructures. This position will begin in Fall 2015, 
with some flexibility as to start date.

To apply please send your CV (including names of references), your 
dissertation title and abstract, and letter of interest to 
[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> with subject line “Digital 
Footprints Project – Postdoc Application”

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the 
position has been filled.

*Project background*

The Internet increasingly reveals personal information about people to 
their own audiences and to third parties who may be completely hidden to 
them. As recent news events show, it has become difficult if not 
impossible to put walls around one’s content by communicating 
anonymously or securing access from unauthorized others. These trends 
are matters of debate among security researchers, politicians and policy 
analysts, community designers, architects of the new Internet and the 
public. It is urgent that when we create Internet architecture, 
applications, and government policies, we understand the social issues 
surrounding our communications online, and improve the usability and 
transparency of privacy tools and policy.

Our research group is studying end-user implications of a new Internet 
architecture called XIA and collaborating with other members of a large 
NSF project developing this architecture. We are conducting research on 
users’ perspectives on the transparency of their communications and 
content online and designing interfaces and interventions to improve 
their understanding of digital footprints online. As part of these 
efforts we have conducted interview studies about anonymity online, 
mental models of the Internet and privacy online, and surveys of privacy 
attitudes and practices. A recent paper on people’s mental models of the 
Internet was just presented at SOUPS’15. The postdoctoral researcher on 
this project will contribute to these efforts studying end-user 
implications of XIA, including privacy and security challenges 
associated with the new Internet architecture. Other topics are also 
possible, depending on your interests.

*Post-doctoral candidate requirements*

The ideal candidate for this position should have a PhD in 
human-computer interaction, information science, psychology, sociology 
or public policy with an information systems focus (or be near 
completion of a PhD). Ph.D. degrees in computer science will also be 
welcomed if the candidate has behavioral and social science training as 
well. He or she should be able to design and conduct qualitative and 
quantitative behavioral research studies including interviews, surveys 
and experiments. Candidates with interface or interaction design skills 
will also be welcome. Technical skills are a plus, and in particular, 
familiarity with computer networking or network infrastructures would be 
a big help in connecting with the larger XIA project. Familiarity with 
theory and empirical research results in sociology, psychology, 
communications, or organizational behavior is also a big plus. If you 
have any questions about your qualifications for this position please 
get in touch.


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