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ALerT - Awareness Learning Tools for Data Sharing Everywhere

ALerT - Awareness Learning Tools for Data Sharing Everywhere

The project Awareness Learning Tools for Data Sharing Everywhere (ALerT) concerns sharing of personal data and how these data are used by commercial companies and other entities in the digital environments. Advancements in information technology have made people less aware of the collection and usage of personal data. As a result, individuals rarely have clear knowledge of what information other people and firms store about them or how that information is used. Sometimes the applications and services that we use are personalized, and hence useful to us, but unwanted use is also common.

ALerT’s objective is to investigate how to evoke reflection about sharing of personal data and privacy with serious games and scenario tools. ALerT will develop tools for evoking awareness about personal information in digital environments.

Research questions

  • By using serious games or simulations, can we evokeawareness about personal information, and the information is used?
  • Can we develop tools that monitor sharing of data, tools that take into account privacy?
  • How should we visualize data, that is what is happing to data back-stage?


In ALerT we combine serious game techniques with experimental methods from psychology and decision science, with knowledge on privacy and digital rights. The interdisciplinary project team includes experts from ICT, serious games techniques, security, privacy, education, psychology and decision science. The partners are NTNU, UiB, Forbrukerrådet (the Norwegian Consumer Council) and Norwegian Computer Center (NR).


ALerT received funding from IKTpluss/Research Council Norway for 2017. For 2017 the activities have been an European Survey in 10 countries, a workshop with youth at upper-secondary schools, and a workshop together with the Research Council of Norway in Brussel with digital rights- and privacy experts. We presented the results and key-findings for the Research Council Norway and an international panel in December, and was awarded funding for 2018-2021.

In 2017 we have formed an Advisory Group lead by dr. Lothar Fritsch, Karlstad University. The additional members of the Advisory Group are; Jolanda Girzl, Director Konsument Europa/ECC Sweden, Marit Hansen, Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein and leader of Independent Centre of Privacy Protection/ULD, and Dr. Tor Endestad, Department of Psychology, and leader of the EBIG-lab and FRONT neurolab at the University of Oslo.



The project started April 4th with a seminar at NR. More information will soon be published. 

Please contact Senior research scientist and project-leader Ingvar Tjostheim (+47 97 57 30 87) for more information.


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Postal address: Norsk Regnesentral/Norwegian Computing Center, P.O. Box 114 Blindern, NO-0314 Oslo, Norway
Visit address: Norsk Regnesentral, Gaustadalleen 23a, Kristen Nygaards hus, NO-0373 Oslo.
Phone: (+47) 22 85 25 00
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