Academic Research

I’m interested in the intersection of privacy, parenting, and digital technology. My recent research has focused on how parents use social media to share information about their children online.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Kumar, P., Naik, S.M., Devkar, U.R., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L., and Vitak, J. (2018). “‘No Telling Passcodes Out Because They’re Private’: Understanding Children’s Mental Models of Privacy and Security Online.Proc. of ACM: Human-Computer Interaction, 1(CSCW). (CSCW ’18 Online First – 27 percent acceptance rate)

Ammari, T., Kumar, P., Lampe, C., and Schoenebeck, S.Y. (2015). “Managing Children’s Online Identities: How Parents Decide what to Disclose about their Children Online.” In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15). Seoul, South Korea. April 18-23, 2015. (23 percent acceptance rate.)

Kumar, P. and Schoenebeck, S.Y. (2015). “The Modern Day Baby Book: Enacting Good Mothering and Stewarding Privacy on Facebook.” In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’15). Vancouver, Canada. March 14-18, 2015. (28 percent acceptance rate.)

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Kumar, P. (2017). Corporate Privacy Policy Changes during PRISM and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism. Media and Communication, 5(1), 63-75. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v5i1.813

 

Book Chapters
Kumar, P., Prasad, R, & Maréchal, N. (2017). Progress & Peril: The Role of ICT Companies in Promoting and Curtailing Human Rights. In M.G. Villareal (Ed.), Human Rights and Technology: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (pp. 189-214). San Jose, Costa Rica: United Nations University for Peace. Available at http://upeace.org/uploads/file/Mariateresa%20Garrido-HHRR%20and%20Technology.pdf

 

Conference Presentations

Priya Kumar. “Privacy concerns and emergent norms of parental sharing of information about children online.” Digitising Early Childhood Conference. Edith Cowan University. Perth, Australia. Sept. 11-15, 2017.

Priya Kumar. “Staying Safe Online: Kids Edition.” Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) Annual Symposium. University of Maryland. College Park, Maryland. May 25, 2017.

Priya Kumar. “Self-Tracking, Wearable Devices, and Privacy: How Users of Fitness Trackers Conceptualize The Body.” 10th Annual Physical Cultural Studies Graduate Student Conference. University of Maryland. College Park, Maryland. April 28, 2017.

Priya Kumar. “Young Children’s Contextual Understanding of Online Privacy and Security.” InfoSocial 2017. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. April 7-8, 2017.

Priya Kumar. “Staying Safe Online: Kids Edition.” Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD). University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. April 5, 2017.

 

Workshop Papers

Kumar, P., Chetty, M., Clegg, T.L, Vitak, J. (2017). “Helping Elementary School-Aged Children Learn About Privacy and Security Online,” ASIS&T SIG InfoLearn workshop: Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus. Crystal City, Virginia. October 28, 2017.

Liao, Y., Kumar, P., Vitak, J., Subramaniam, M. (2017) “Enhancing Digital Privacy and Security Skills for Low-Socioeconomic Families: Resources for Librarians and Patrons.” ASIS&T SIG InfoLearn workshop: Information and Learning Sciences Research as an Integral Scholarly Nexus. Crystal City, Virginia. October 28, 2017.

Kumar, P. (2016). “Privacy Policies and Their Lack of Clear Disclosure Regarding the Life Cycle of User Information.” In Technical Report FS-16: AAAI Fall Symposium Series on Privacy and Language Technologies. Arlington, Virginia. November 17-19, 2016.

Kumar, P. (2016). “Ranking Digital Rights: Pushing ICT Companies to Respect Users’ Privacy.” ACM CHI workshop: Bridging the Gap Between Privacy by Design and Privacy in Practice. San Jose, California. May 7, 2016.

Kumar, P. and Schoenebeck, S.Y. (2015). “Helping Parents Manage Their Children’s Digital Footprints.” ACM CSCW workshop: The Future of Networked Privacy: Challenges and Opportunities. Vancouver, Canada. March 14-15, 2015.

 

Policy Papers
MacKinnon, R., Maréchal, N., and Kumar, P. (2016). “Corporate Accountability for a Free and Open Internet.” Global Commission on Internet Governance Paper Series.

 

Invited Talks & Panel Presentations

Priya Kumar. “Corporate Privacy Policy Changes during PRISM and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism.” Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI).  University of Maryland, College Park. March 28, 2017.

Moderator: Priya Kumar. Reading group discussion of “Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization by Shoshana Zuboff. Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI). University of Maryland, College Park. February 14, 2017.

Priya Kumar. “Privacy Policies and Their Lack of Clear Disclosure Regarding the Life Cycle of User Information.” Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI). University of Maryland, College Park. November 15, 2016.

Moderator: Katie Benner, Panelists: Eli Broverman, Brett Hurt, Priya Kumar, Sarah Telford. “The United States of Data: The New Knowledge Trust.” Techonomy 16. Half Moon Bay, California. November 10, 2016. [Click link for video of panel.]

Moderator: Katie Benner, Panelists: Michael Connor, Priya Kumar, Peter Micek, Nabiha Syed. “The Business Case for Encryption: Why Privacy and Data Rights Matter.” Personal Democracy Forum. New York City. June 10, 2016.

Moderator: Deborah Brown, Panelists: Haroon Baloch, Lisl Brunner, Priya Kumar, Serene Lim, Ritu Srivastava. “Protest, Privacy, and the Private Sector.” Rights Con 2016. San Francisco, California. March 31, 2016.

Moderators: Luca Belli, Jamila Venurini, Panelists: Deniz Duru Aydin, Priya Kumar, Kyung-Sin (KS) Park, María del Pilar Saenz. “Assessing Terms of Service Compliance with Human Rights Standards.” RightsCon 2016. San Francisco, California. March 30, 2016.

Moderator: Nicolas Seidler, Panelists: Priya Kumar, Drew Mitnick, Michael R. Nelson, and Bruce Schneier. “Big Data Breaches: The Tipping Point for Trust?” RightsCon 2016. San Francisco, California. March 30, 2016. Video on YouTube.

Moderator: Lisa Rudman, Panelists: Priya Kumar, Bryan Mercer. “Digital Rights.” The Media Consortium Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. February 18, 2016.

Priya Kumar “Data Storytelling Bootcamp” Ann Arbor DataDive, Ann Arbor, Michigan. January 28, 2015.

Nicolo Zingales, Jamila Venturini, Luiza Louzada, Pär Lannerö, and Priya Kumar. “Understanding Rights: Explaining TOS [Terms of Service] Complexity to Increase Accessibility and Transparency.” International Conference on Human Rights in the Digital Environment: Perspectives on Online Terms of Service. Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Center for Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. December 3, 2014.

Priya Kumar. “A2 DataDive: An Open Hackathon.” Open Access Week Lightning Talks. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. October 24, 2013.

Priya Kumar. “A Paradox with Penalties: Why Media Organizations Must Address Self-Plagiarism.” Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters. Holland, Michigan. March 22, 2013.

 

Posters
Kumar, P. “The Problem with Privacy Policies.” iSchool Research Showcase. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. March 3, 2017.

Kumar, P. “How new mothers decide to share baby pictures online.” Rutgers iSchool Research Invitational. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Oct. 17-18, 2014.

Kumar, P. “A Digital Footprint at Birth: Considerations of New Mothers Sharing Baby Pictures Online.” ExpoSItion. University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan. March 24, 2014.

Kumar, P. “A2 DataDive: Data Storytelling for Nonprofits.” Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference. Annapolis, Maryland. Feb. 26, 2014.

 

Theses
Kumar, P. (2014).  “A Digital Footprint From Birth: New Mothers’ Decisions to Share Baby Pictures Online,” Master’s thesis, University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Chisholm, V., Chow, N., Fei, S., Finder, J., Gan, S., Hosseinipour, N., Kumar, P., and Wilson, A. (2009). “Crossing the cultural divide: assessing the needs of a local immigrant community.” Undergraduate thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

 

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