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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?

Partners

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).

ALerT2017

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.

 

ALerT2018-2021

The project started April 4th with a seminar at NR.

From 2019, the ALerT-team will include a Postdoctoral fellow at UiB and a PhD/Postdoctoral fellow at NTNU. The deadline for the position at NTNU is October 27.
 

Fall 2018

The following papers have been presented:

Tjostheim, I. & Fritsch, L. (2018) Similar Information Privacy Behavior in 60-65s vs. 50-59ers - Findings From A European Survey on The Elderly. Proceedings of the Mobile Privacy and Security for an Ageing Population workshop at the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) 2018; September 3, 2018, Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona: University of Bath; Cranfield University; Northumbria University, Newcastle; University of Portsmouth, 2018.

Fritsch, L., Tjostheim, I. & Kitkowska, A. (2018) I’m Not That Old Yet! The Elderly and Us in HCI and Assistive Technology. Proceedings of the Mobile Privacy and Security for an Ageing Population workshop at the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) 2018; September 3, 2018, Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona: University of Bath; Cranfield University; Northumbria University, Newcastle; University of Portsmouth, 2018.

Bergen, E., Solberg, D. F., Sæthre, T. H. & Divitini, M. (2018) Supporting the co-design of games for privacy awareness. The 21th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2018). Kos, Greece, 25-28, September 2018

Leister, W. & Tjostheim, I. (2018) Which Generation Shows the Most Prudent data Sharing Behaviour? at Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC2018), 4.- 8. October 2018.

 

The Norwegian Consumer Council has published the report Deceived by design. The report shows that for sharing of personal data, companies have little intention in giving the users actual choices. In Facebook, Google and Windows 10 you can change the settings and reduce the sharing of data, but you will get a warning. They threaten the users with loss of functionality or deletion of the user account if the user does choose this option. These service providers employ numerous tactics in order to push consumers toward sharing as much data as possible.

In many homes smart speakers are used, but consumers are not always aware of the privacy implications of this technology.
 

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

 

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