Welcome to the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies

The Center brings together a diverse range of scholars to tackle questions that are driven by the rapid changes in our sociotechnological, data-intensive worlds. The issues of those addressed by faculty affiliated with the Center are wide ranging, but focus primarily on data privacy, citizen freedoms, information accessibilities and inequities, human-nonhuman relations, digital life, and art-science collaborations.





Recent News

  • This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of information privacy, with applications developing privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs). Topics include: formal and informal conceptions of privacy; best practices for PET development/privacy by design; anonymous communication; obfuscation; database privacy; privacy in authentication; biometric privacy. 
  • Image of editorials written as part of the Op-Ed project
    CDSDS Director, Catherine Brooks was selected for 2017-2018 as a year-long fellow for The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship. The fellowship is a "national initiative first piloted at Yale, Stanford and Princeton Universities, and now at top universities and foundations across the nation....The goal is to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation's top underrepresented thinkers,... Read More
  • Photo of Catherine Brooks
    CDSDS Director, Catherine Brooks, continues her work on the Advisory Council for the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) in Washington DC. “The best policy outcomes happen when all voices engage in an honest, constructive dialogue. The diversity of views and experiences of this stellar group of individuals will help CDT be an even more effective and influential organization. I’m... Read More
  • As part of a research team, David Sidi participated in a series of research talks about transparency in data flows. With his research partners and co-authors, he has presented work at the  Usenix Symposium on Usable Privacy, the Americas Conference on Information Systems, and also the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference.  This projectc focused on the TD-CHAIN system that was developed... Read More
  • We welcome Angelia Giannone, a doctoral student in the School of Information and new CDSDS Student Research Fellow!   Angelia studies games, media, technology studies, digital culture, as well as rhetoric and communication in STEM discourses. Angelia is also the director of the Usability and Play Testing Lab.
  • CDSDS Post Doctoral Research Associate, Mark Verstraete, recently partnered with colleagues in the James E. Rogers College of Law to break down and determine how to stop fake news. Verstraete and his colleagues determined there are four categories of fake news and provide insight on what methods we can take as a solution to the debacle. For the UAnews story:... Read More
  • Volodymyr Lysenko, Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Center, is training students about Cybersecurity! As part of the MA in International and Security Studies housed in UA's School of Government and Public Policy, Dr. Lysenko is teaching a graduate course on "Issues in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar​." He's also busy teaching "Ethics in a Digital World" for the School of Information. 
  • The Center for Digital Society and Data Studies partners with the College of Law to host a unique speaker series featuring experts in privacy and data security. Speakers discuss their career paths and the particular legal controversies that most affect their area of research and practice. 
  • Mark Verstraete is a Privacy & Freedom of Speech Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the CDSDS and will be working primarily for faculty in the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. His research examines how technology and law distribute power across networks (government, civil society, etc) and the implications of those distributions. He is a graduate of University of Georgia... Read More
  • Michael Jenkins, partially funded by the Center, spent time in Salt Lake City, Utah with Communication scholars. As a doctoral student, Michael's focus is on philosophical questions in Information, but his theoretical frames are very interdisciplinary. We're pleased to have supported him to share ideas across multiple scholars, ideas meant to aid in the teaching of students about online... Read More
  • Introducing, Dr. Volodymyr Lysenko, Ph.D. Information Science from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Lysenko has published research in peer-reviewed journals on the use of ICT for socio-political transformations, particularly in the former USSR countries. He conducted research as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford (UK) and Columbia University (USA). Previously he served as an... Read More
  • "Silicon Valley has great skills to offer America, but with leadership that is 80 percent men and 83 percent white, it has trouble hearing all citizens," says Williams. We think she's right, and hope you'll check it out here: http://www.nytimes.com/... Read More
  • Congratulations to Derek Bambauer, affiliated faculty and Center board member, awarded support for his work on algorithmic decision making and privacy. Bambauer was funded as part of the Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, one that aims to inject sound economic analysis into policy discussions surrounding privacy, data security, and other... Read More
  • Betsy Williams (PhD, Stanford University) is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies. She believes that the process of exchanging ideas can improve learning, cooperation, and civil society, and she studies how technologies and social contexts shape these outcomes.  Her training in economics and education focused on using causal inference methodologies... Read More
  • Catherine F. Brooks, Director of the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, remains concerned with issues of social media and safety. She addressed the media this week about the role social media has played in the recent campus clown incidents and related concerns. "This is as much about the nature of the news as it is about the mode of delivery because today's stories of all kinds move so... Read More
  • We welcome David Sidi, a third-year doctoral student in the School of Information and new CDSDS Student Research Fellow!   David's recent research with Hong Cui highlights the statistical benefits of techniques for preserving data privacy, which include improving data quality by correcting for... Read More
  • http://uacareers.com/postings/13452 The University of Arizona’s (UA) Center for Digital Society and Data Studies, in coordination with faculty from UA’s School of Information and School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP), welcomes applications for three (3) postdoctoral fellows beginning in Late October or Early November, 2016... Read More
  • Art and the Archive: From Material Object to the Dataset This seminar will consider the complex interrelationship between artistic practice and “the archive” as a theoretical construct, a practical institution, and a type of collection undergoing substantial change in a digital and social media era. Since the late 1960s, the aesthetic critique of archival practices has been an ever-increasing... Read More
  • Catherine Brooks, Director of UA's Center for Digital Society and Data Studies (CDSDS), has been invited to serve as a steering-team member on a recently-awarded grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, UK's largest organization for funding research on economic and social issues. The project "Ways of Being in a Digital Age: A Systematic Review" will be led by the U.K.'s Institute of... Read More
  • AZ Daily Wildcat photo - A Conversation on Privacy
  • Arizona Daily Star cut out
  • Students stream past the Administration building during a break between classes on the University of Arizona campus, Thursday, April 3, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.
    February 24, 2016 7:50 am  •  The Associated Press The University of Arizona is establishing a new academic center to study big-picture issues involving digital technology and data. According to university officials, the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies launched by the School of Information will bridge divides between academic disciplines and involve experts from multiple fields.

Upcoming Events