Mapping Privacy and Surveillance Dynamics in Emerging Mobile Ecosystems

Practices and Contexts in the Netherlands and US

Mobile technologies and devices enable you to keep an eye on your neighbourhood via a WhatsApp group, to constantly receive assistance from an intelligent personal assistant (such as Appleā€™s Siri), and to use wearables and apps to monitor your health and track your fitness achievements. However, these mobile and interconnected platforms might also have an effect on how users negotiate their privacy as they increase the potential for more pervasive forms of digitally mediated surveillance. In collaboration with researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, this project evaluates how mobile users in the Netherlands and the U.S. consider and make decisions about their privacy and personal data.