Seminar Series: Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETS) – Dr. Alisa Frik

To Share or Not to Share: What Context Affects Users’ Decisions to Share Information or Protect their Privacy

Dr. Alisa Frik

Research Scientist
International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Berkeley Laboratory for Usable and Experimental Security (BLUES)
University of California Berkeley


The Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) invites you to our latest seminar series Privacy Enhancing Technologies – Challenges, Opportunities, and Advancements.  The next seminar features Dr. Alisa Frik who will be discussing the challenging task of balancing privacy values with the benefits of information sharing.  

About the Series

Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) under development promise the ability to control the sharing and use of sensitive information while minimizing the risk of unauthorized use. These technologies have been under development by researchers for nearly four decades but have been slow to migrate from the research lab into operational use. In this seminar series, Privacy Enhancing Technologies – Challenges, Opportunities, and Advancements we invite luminaries from across the globe to discuss the state-of-the-art in privacy enhancing technologies describing challenges, opportunities, and advancements with respect to technology development and uptake. 

About the Seminar

It’s a challenging task to balance privacy values with the benefits of information sharing. For example, the sharing of information between older adults and their friends, families, caregivers, and doctors promotes a collaborative approach to managing their emotional, mental, and physical well-being and health, prolonging
independent living and improving care quality and quality of life in general. However, information flow in collaborative systems is complex, not always transparent to elderly users, and may raise privacy and security concerns. Because older adults’ decisions about whether to engage in information exchange affects interpersonal communications and delivery of care, it is important to understand the factors and context that influence those decisions.

Dr. Frik ‘s work contributes empirical evidence and suggests a systematic approach to contextual factors affecting information-sharing decisions. In this research, they present the results of semi-structured interviews with 46 older adults age 65+ about their views on information collection, transmission, and sharing. They develop a detailed model of the contextual factors that combine in complex ways to affect older adults’ decision-making about information sharing.

In this seminar, Dr. Frik will discuss how this comprehensive model compares to existing frameworks for analyzing information sharing expectations and preferences. Finally, this research suggests directions for future research and describes practical implications of the model for the design and evaluation of collaborative information-sharing systems, as well as for policy and consumer protection

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