behavioral & design research
of privacy research
in psychology and design
in Design Engineering Conference
Decoding Privacy is 2-year research project about the understanding of privacy in today’s world, more specifically the challenges, conflicts and potential solutions in the field of mobile technology. Initiated at the Technical University Munich (TUM), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM): this was developed as a joint project by Tanja Kornberger and Diana Schneider.
Through a combination of Anthropology, Psychology, Technology Management and Design Research, we aimed to understand, structure and visualise the ambiguous field of privacy in mobile technology, gather real-world cases of privacy conflicts and link them to potential solutions. This was approached through:
The quantitative empirical research illustrated a complex layered, multidimensional model of privacy structured by degrees of interaction with most privacy conflicts occurring in the context of mobile technologies, but most strategies employed by users being inept in this context. This raises the topic of the Designer Engineer/ Developer role in this evolution: a problem field we addressed in our speech at the Young Members Event of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED’13) in Seoul, Korea. For more information, have a look at www.decodingprivacy.com