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My Life in Privacy


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. 

Welcome Mark Verstraete as a Center Post Doctoral Research Associate


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, PhD Student, talks about identity and language in Salt Lake City


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

Volodymyr Lysenko joins CDSDS as a Post Doctoral Research Associate


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

The Center's Betsy Williams Calls for Representation in Silicon Valley


"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

Algorithms! Derek Bambauer funded as part of George Mason University's Privacy Scholars Fellowship Program


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

Welcome Betsy Williams, CDSDS Post Doctoral Research Associate


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 addresses the role of social media in the recent campus clown incidents


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

Announcing David Sidi, CDSDS Student Research Fellow


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

Post-doctoral research fellow positions are available!


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

A Seminar with Board Member Dr. Kate Albers!


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 our Director invited to serve as a team member on an international project "Ways of Being in a Digital Age: A Systematic Review" led by the U.K.'s Institute of Cultural Capital.


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

VIDEO: Snowden, Greenwald and Chomsky descend upon the UA to talk privacy on the web

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UA panel to discuss privacy, security in Apple-FBI dispute

Students stream past the Administration building during a break between classes on the University of Arizona campus, Thursday, April 3, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

Univ. of Arizona establishes new center on digital studies


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.